What is it?
A nice idea on paper. Take one of the most practical and easy-to-live with estate cars there is, raise the ride height, give it four-wheel drive, a powerful diesel engine and a DSG gearbox, and then equip the interior with lots of toys and the exterior with a few subtle styling tweaks and you end up with the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack.
Sounds like a desirable package, then.
What's it like?
The Passat Alltrack is not a driver’s car, nor is it meant to be one. It’s supposed to be stylish and comfortable transport that blends into the background, asking no questions of the thousands of miles of service you’d expect of it.
In parts, it’s very well executed. The 168bhp 2.0 TDI engine is a particular highlight; it’s a brisk performer when you want it to be, and then a quiet, refined and efficient companion on long motorway runs, averaging around 42mpg.
The good work continues inside. The Alltrack has a very high spec as standard, and it’s a very comfortable place to cover motorway miles in. The driving position is excellent, the raised ride height offering a commanding view of the road. Sat-nav, six-way electrically adjustable seats, and plenty of leather and brushed metal trim are among the standard-fit items.