Opt for a Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and you’re basically nailing the sole of a hiking boot to a regular brogue. The top half of the Alltrack looks as reassuringly businesslike as the regular estate, but underneath you get four-wheel drive, increased ground clearance and skid plates to conquer even the muddiest boot-sale car park.
Just to let everyone know you’ve spent more on your Alltrack in order to channel your inner Bear Grylls, you also get flared wheelarches, SUV-inspired bumpers and a set of big alloy wheels. There’s only one engine option; a 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 187bhp, and four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox are standard.
Apart from the sprinkling of SUV touches, the rest of the Alltrack is much the same as any other Passat Estate. That means a classy and well screwed together interior, a commodious boot and refined diesel engines. But how does the Passat Alltrack compare with other estate on stilts such as the Audi A4 Allroad, Skoda Octavia Estate Scout and the BMW 3 Series Touring.
Before you go off exploring, read on for our definitive verdict on the Passat Alltrack. And if you’ve decided the off-road life is the way to go, head to our New Car Buying pages to see how much we can save you on your new car.