Rugged Passat Alltrack revealed

Volkswagen have jacked up the Passat Estate, added the 4MOTION four-wheel drive system and bolted on some ‘rugged’ body enhancements to create the Passat Alltrack.

Based on the ever popular Passat Estate, the Alltrack’s 4MOTION four-wheel drive and raised ride height give it greater agility off-road, while body enhancements provide some protection from scrapes when covering rough terrain. That said, the body moulding are plastic, so muddy fields may be the limit of your off-roading adventures.

The higher riding SUV-like position will give you a more commanding view of the road, while the estate car body adds huge practicality. A high standard specification level adds more than a touch of luxury, although there’ll only be one trim level at launch in the UK.

Standard equipment includes Alcantara upholstery, dual zone electronic climate control, touch screen satellite navigation, DAB radio, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth telephone preparation, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and 18-inch alloy wheels. A Driver Alert System that monitors the driver’s responses to raise awareness of fatigue is also standard, as is ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme).

Power will be from a choice of a 140 bhp 2.0 litre TDI with six-speed manual gearbox, or a 170 bhp 2.0 litre TDI with six-speed DSG gearbox. The lower power engine will return 49.6 mpg on the combined cycle, while the 170 bhp engine gives 47.9 mpg. Emissions are measured at 150 and 155 g/km of CO2 respectively.

Prices start at £28,475 for the entry model, while the more powerful car adds £2,500 to the price, putting it right up against the more powerful Volvo XC60. Within the Volkswagen/Audi group, the new Audi A6 allroad quattro starts at over £43,000, while the Skoda Octavia Scout is the cheapest option at just over £21,000.

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