We’ve driven the VW Passat Alltrack before, but while its ability has always impressed, we haven’t been so keen on its price. That’s why this entry-level model could make so much sense.
It’s powered by a 138bhp version of the range-topper’s 168bhp 2.0-litre TDI, yet feels barely any slower: 0-62mph takes 10.3 seconds as opposed to 8.9 seconds. The best news for buyers, though, is that the 2,000kg towing limit is the same.
This is helped by the Alltrack’s standard 4WD. It gives strong grip on slippery surfaces but, as 90 per cent of the power goes to the front tyres under normal conditions, the car feels just like driving a normal VW Passat. That means predictable and safe handling, but not much involvement for real enthusiasts.
On the plus side, the Alltrack’s suspension is 30mm higher than the standard car’s. This improves the Passat’s already excellent ride quality, helping it to float over large bumps and making long journeys a breeze for everyone on board.
And despite the fact that this is the cheapest Alltrack you can buy, at £28,480, it certainly doesn’t look like a budget machine. Beefed-up bumpers and subtle matt chrome details add a touch of class, while the standard car’s bulletproof, high-quality and practical interior remains.
But even though this is the best-value Alltrack, it’s still not good enough to compete. A Skoda Yeti with more kit and similar performance is around £4,000 cheaper.