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.