Tokyo motor show highlights - VW Passat Alltrack
At least British buyers will have to walk the walk and buy their Alltracks with four-wheel drive (and either a 138bhp or 168bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine); customers in continental Europe will be offered the car with front-wheel drive, which seems to make a mockery of its ‘soft-roader’ raison d’etre.
The Alltrack gets black plastic around its wheelarches, and sits 30mm higher than a regular Passat Estate. It has better ramp angles than that car, too, legitimising VW’s claim that it can be used for driving on ‘smooth off-road’ surfaces. To back this up further, it gets SUV-esque equipment such as hill descent control.
It’s neat, I guess, but almost too much so. I’d want something a bit more rugged - and I’d also have reservations about the price; £26k is a pretty scary starting point. However, for country vets fed up with their old Subaru estates, this may be just the ticket.