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Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack
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heycar review

      Launch year
      2015
      Body type
      Estate
      Fuel type
      Diesel
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Comfortable and classy rugged estate

Best bits

  • Comfortable and quiet
  • Spacious and highly practical cabin
  • Smart, understated styling

Not so great

  • Only one engine and transmission
  • Expensive to buy when new
  • Limited off-road potential

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Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Front View

Overall verdict

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Front Interior

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Driving

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Left Side View

How much does it cost to run

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Rim

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"Not everybody wants an SUV. Cars like the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack exist to serve a small but loyal group of people who demand van-like levels of space, understated styling, plus safe and predictable handling. As a winter wagon, the Passat Alltrack holds strong appeal."

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Front View

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack competes in the small but highly competitive premium jacked-up estate sector. It’s a class dominated by cars with desirable badges, such as the Audi A4 Allroad, the Volvo V60 Cross Country and the larger Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain.


It exists to serve the people who haven’t bought into the SUV craze. The kind of people who demand the practicality of an estate car, the driving characteristics of a family saloon, and the rugged dependability of an off-road vehicle. You won’t be chasing Land Rovers and Land Cruisers in an Alltrack, but it’s up to the challenge of gravel tracks, green lanes and snowy passes.


The Alltrack is one of the most expensive cars in the Volkswagen Passat range. As such, it’s loaded with the latest safety and connectivity tech, along with a host of desirable features. Heated seats, three-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are just some of the highlights.


Curiously, leather is an option, but the Alltrack does boast comfortable and bespoke ‘Summit’ cloth seats. These are combined with unique front and rear bumpers, wheelarch cladding and underbody protection to give the Alltrack suitably rugged styling. It looks excellent, especially if you opt for the Bottle Green paint – a colour unique to the Alltrack.


Predictably, 4Motion four-wheel-drive comes as standard, but you don’t get a choice when it comes to the engine and transmission. Although the combination of a 150PS 2.0 TDI engine and a six-speed manual gearbox was available in the past, the new Passat Alltrack comes with a 190PS version of the same engine and a DSG gearbox.


It’s all the engine and transmission you could ever need in an Alltrack. The diesel unit delivers swift acceleration and heaps of torque, while the DSG is smooth and relaxed. It’s not perfect, though: the gearbox can be slow to respond and hesitant at low speeds.


Thanks to its raised suspension, the Alltrack is the most comfortable Passat in the range. Although it’s slightly stiffer, the lofty ride height helps to iron out all but the worst imperfections in the road. We’d avoid the optional 19-inch alloy wheels, as these serve to make the ride a little crashy.


Like the Volkswagen Passat Estate it is based on, the Alltrack is blessed with a cavernous boot, albeit one that’s slightly smaller than you’ll find in the standard Volkswagen Passat saloon. There’s also plenty of room in the cabin, although it works best as a four-seater, because the middle rear seat is a little cramped.


Overall, the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is a desirable, comfortable and subtly stylish family estate car. It only really makes sense if you need the extra ground clearance and four-wheel-drive, and even then, the price tag pitches it perilously close to the premium heavyweights.


In isolation, it’s a thoroughly good car. It also makes a cracking used buy, as you can take advantage of the depreciation to grab a great deal.


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Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

2.0 TDI 177 Bluemotion Tech 4MOTION 5dr DSG

  • 2014
  • 84,987 miles
  • Bristol Street Nissan Sheffield
  • Yorkshire, S47WW
Price:£9,263
HP: £252.13/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £252.13, Customer Deposit: £1,389.00, Total Deposit: £1,389.45, Total Charge For Credit: £1,203.13, Total Amount Payable: £10,466.13, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

2.0 TDI 4MOTION 5dr

  • 2017
  • 34,538 miles
  • Vertu Honda Doncaster
  • Yorkshire, DN25DX
Price:£16,195
HP: £440.81/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £440.81, Customer Deposit: £2,429.00, Total Deposit: £2,429.25, Total Charge For Credit: £2,103.41, Total Amount Payable: £18,298.41, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%

Is the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack right for you?

The Alltrack is based on one of the most spacious, practical and understated cars you can buy. What the Volkswagen Passat lacks in glamour, it makes up for in terms of smart styling, an upmarket cabin and value for money.


This isn’t a cheap car. The price tag places the Alltrack near the top of the Passat range, so you might be wondering if it’s worth upgrading to the Audi A4 Allroad. You’re right to ponder, because the Allroad feels just that little bit more special.


The Passat Alltrack is a thoroughly convincing car. If you require the practicality of one of the largest boots in its class, all the equipment you could ever need, and the efficiency of a diesel engine, this is undoubtedly the right car for you.


What’s the best Volkswagen Passat Alltrack model/engine to choose?

If you’re buying a new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, it’s very much a case of ‘take it or leave it’. Alltrack is essentially a distinct trim level in the Passat range, with equipment based on the lavish R-Line trim. This means it comes loaded with kit straight out of the box, along with the benefit of a raised ride height and some rugged body cladding.


It’s a similar story when it comes to the engine and transmission, with Alltrack buyers limited to a 2.0-litre TDI engine and a seven-speed DSG transmission. Fortunately, the diesel engine provides a terrific balance of performance and economy.


At least you’re able to choose the colour. The Alltrack comes in Urano Grey as standard, but there are 10 other hues to choose from. May we recommend Bottle Green? It’s bespoke to the Alltrack and it suits the car’s outdoor vibe.


What other cars are similar to the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack?

The jacked-up estate car market is a small but fiercely competitive sector. Although many buyers prefer the high driving position and perceived prestige of an SUV, some buyers remain loyal to the estate car.


Some of the Passat Alltrack’s key rivals come from within the Volkswagen Group stable. The Audi A4 Allroad is more expensive but feels more upmarket, while the Skoda Octavia Scout offers exceptional value for money. There’s also a Seat Leon X-Perience, but this has been discontinued.


Rivals from outside the Volkswagen Group include the Volvo V60 Cross Country and the Subaru Outback. You could also consider the old Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer, although you might struggle to find one.

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Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Front Interior

On the inside

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Rear View

Driving

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Left Side View

How much does it cost to run

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Rim

Prices, versions and specification