Volkswagen Passat Alltrack review

Category: Estate car

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 LHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 LHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack LHD front seats
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 LHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 front static
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 rear static
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 LHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack LHD front seats
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 LHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 front static
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 rear static

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Alltrack sits near the very top of the Passat range so isn’t exactly a bargain. That said, you do get an awful lot of equipment including four-wheel drive, three-zone climate control, the infotainment with sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity, plus parking sensors at both ends.

That little lot may sound appealing, but it’s worth remembering that driving all four wheels does have a negative impact on running costs. Where a regular two-wheel drive Passat Estate with a 2.0-litre diesel emits as little as 120g/km of CO2, the Alltrack bumps this up to 133g/km. The BMW 3 Series Touring with the equivalent 320d engine puts out 132g/km, while the Alltrack’s fuel economy of 55.4mpg beats the Touring’s 47.9mpg by a hefty amount.

Overview

The VW Passat Alltrack is versatile and has reasonable off-road ability, but a regular Passat Estate will make more sense for most people.

  • Refined and flexible engines
  • Spacious and plush interior
  • Light off-road ability
  • Expensive to buy
  • Four-wheel drive hurts economy
  • Numb handling