Volkswagen has confirmed pricing for its new Passat Alltrack, a 4×4 estate version of the German firm’s successful saloon.
In a similar vein to sister company Audi’s A4 allroad, the Passat Alltrack features an increased ride height and four-wheel drive in a bid to improve its off-road performance.
The Passat Alltrack is on sale in the UK now, with first customer deliveries beginning at the end of May this year.
Passat Alltrack diesels
Volkswagen’s Passat Alltrack is available with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine in two different guises – 140bh or 170bhp.
Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the lower-powered diesel engine returns 49.6mpg with 150g/km CO2 emissions, according to Volkswagen. That equates to annual car tax (VED) of £130.
The 168bhp unit is mated to Volkswagen’s six-speed automated manual transmission, and although more powerful, still returns strong efficiency for a car of the Alltrack’s size: 47.9mpg with 155g/km CO2. Car tax is £165 in the first year, dropping to £155 every year after.
Alltrack prices from £28k
With only two variants available in the Passat Alltrack range, the pricing structure is nice and simple. The 138bhp car is on sale now from £28,475, while the 168bhp variant costs £31,025.
Volkswagen is only offering one trim level on the Alltrack, but equipment is generous. Standard kit includes Alcantara upholstery, dual-zone climate control, touchscreen satellite navigation, DAB digital radio with iPod-compatible audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a tyre pressure monitoring system and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Optional equipment from the standard Passat is carried over for the modified four-wheel-drive Alltrack, and comprises an adaptive lighting system, blind-spot and lane-keeping assistance, adaptive chassis control, a rear parking camera and radar-guided cruise control with autonomous city braking system (a feature that scans the road ahead, automatically applying the car’s brakes to avoid or mitigate a crash).
The Alltrack features a series of alterations over the family-friendly standard Passat Estate to improve the car’s off-road performance.
To cope with the rigours of rough terrain, the Alltrack receives front and rear underbody skid plates to protect the chassis, while raised suspension improves ground clearance by 30mm.
The Alltrack also features an off-road mode, switchable via a dashboard-mounted button. When engaged, the system activates hill decent control, automatically braking the car when descending gradients steeper than 10 degrees, as well as modifying the ABS braking’s parameters for use on low-grip surfaces.
The car’s electronic differential programming is also adjusted to improve grip and prevent wheelspin, while the higher-powered TDI’s automated manual gearbox will allow higher upshifts to access more of the engine’s power, helping progress in difficult conditions.
The Alltrack’s off-road potential is combined with a maximum 1,731 litres of boot space (603 litres with the rear seats in place), plus a towing limit of 2,000kg.