Allways with Alltrack- review of the new VW Passat Alltrack.

Slightly corny perhaps but you should be able to venture almost anywhere with the new VW Passat Alltrack.

The new Alltrack was unveiled to the public at the Paris motor show in September 2010, 37 years after the first Passat went on sale in 1973. Since then over 15 million examples have been sold in more than 100 markets worldwide, making this vehicle among those Volkswagens which, like the Golf have stood the test of time.

The new Passat’s features and overall quality and refinement continue to push the boundaries of the so called upper medium class, edging it closer at every stage to the premium segment and beyond. The latest generation is no exception to this rule. The Passat has adopted the latest technologies and efficiency measures to make it among the most advanced and economical cars in its class. In addition, this Passat is the quietest and most refined model ever. Thicker glass is fitted to the side windows while the windscreen features a thin plastic film sandwiched between two layers of glass to help reduce noise transmission.

The latest addition to the range is the Passat Alltrack, a four wheel drive version of the estate model which went on sale in the UK on 16 March 2012 with the first cars arriving in the showrooms at the end of May. With a raised ride height, 4MOTION four wheel drive and rugged body enhancements, the new Passat Alltrack has everything needed to venture off the beaten track.

Just one trim level is available in the UK, with a choice of two drive trains: a 2.0 litre TDI 140ps with six speed manual gearbox and a 2.0 litre TDI 170ps with six speed DSG transmission. Standard equipment is all the bells and whistles you will ever need.

This is a brief test drive, we hope to test this model later as a towcar and have a week with it so will be able to give a more accurate idea of the whole machine.

The Passat that we actually drove was a 2.0 litre TDI BlueMotion Technology 4MOTION 170ps 6 speed DSG. This vehicle was extremely quiet, extremely powerful, and very comfortable, at least over our little 15 mile drive. It would be a very capable towcar as long as the appropriate weights were observed. The Alltrack, in common with all VWs, had no body creaks or groans, cornered well, and went very well, plenty of low down torque made accelerating an effortless operation, seats were comfortable, and everything fell to hand, we look forward to hitching a caravan onto the tow ball and then trying the VW.

The price of this machine is £31,030.00 "on the road" and the warranty is three years/60,000 miles, three years paint, and 12 years body protection.

There is so much about this Alltrack to say that there would be no room, suffice it to say, wait for the test.

Posted: pre Jan 2015