The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack will start arriving in UK showrooms on May 28 but orders can now be taken through your local retailer. Its ride height has been raised and it is equipped with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and rugged body enhancements improvements so that going off track won’t pose any problems.
The Passat Alltrack is based on the popular and versatile Passat Estate and is offered with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a raised ride height to give it greater agility off-road. Driving through rough terrain won’t leave you too exposed as it features body enhancements that offer protection from scrapes. With these features, the Passat Alltrack is as practical as an estate car and as versatile as a conventional SUV. Meanwhile, a high standard specification level offers a substantial amount of luxury.
Only one trim level is offered in the UK, with two drivetrains available. These are a 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS with six-speed manual gearbox with a price tag of £28,475 (RRP OTR), and a 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS with six-speed DSG transmission that costs £31,025. What’s offered as standard are Alcantara upholstery, 2Zone electronic climate control, RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation, DAB radio, MDI iPod connectivity, Bluetooth telephone preparation, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and 18-inch Canyon alloy wheels. Another feature that’s offered as standard is a Driver Alert System that tracks how the driver responds so that fatigue awareness is raised. ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) is also standard equipment.
The available options are climate seats with massage function; High Beam Assist, which automatically controls dipping of the headlights; Side Scan Lane Change Assist, which monitors the vehicle's blind spot; Lane Assist; ACC Adaptive Chassis Control; Automatic Distance Control with City Emergency Braking function; second generation Park Assist; an interior ambient lighting pack; a rear-view camera; and an electrically deployed towbar. The Passat Alltrack comes with a towing capacity of 2,000 kg (braked, 12% incline), which is 200 kg more than an equivalent Passat Estate.
The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack has features such as daytime running lights, six airbags and the electronic stabilization program (ESP for short). Additional standard features include: tyre pressure monitoring indicator (an alert for the driver shows up if a tire loses pressure), fatigue detection, and the trailer stabilization and countersteering support systems that have been seamlessly integrated with the ESP program.
Effective and ingenious, if the driver parks the Passat Alltrack and proceeds to unbuckle their seat belt before the engine turns off, the electronic parking brake is automatically engaged, therefore preventing the vehicle from accidental rolling. In parallel to the standard Isofix fittings for matching children’s seats, the child friendly VW Passat Alltrack may also be bought with two integrated child seats in the rear of the vehicle (for the outer seats).
Its interior features have been maximized for comfort and functionality. Among the standard equipment are the analogue clock on the dashboard and multiple storage compartments, such as those in the centre console and roofliner console as well as the glove box. Other standard convenience features: outside temperature indicator, electronic parking brake with auto-hold function and centrally located locking (with wireless remote), electric windows front and rear, electro-mechanical steering assistance and automatic climate control.
There are luxurious seats in the front of the vehicle which feature pockets on the backrests, manual lumbar supports and an electric backrest adjuster on the driver’s side. A leather-trimmed shift lever, fabric floor mats and a multifunction leather-trimmed steering wheel are all included in the standard model. Remote unlatching of the 1/3 to 2/3 split bench backrest provides practical access.
Electronically speaking, the other standard features of the Passat Alltrack include the multimedia AUX-IN socket, MP3 relay function and 4 x 20 watt audio output, RCD 310 radio-CD system with top of the line digital tuners, automatically dipping rear view mirror, front and rear park pilot, automatic running lights, a safety-optimized head restraint system with additional longitude adjustment and a rain sensor.