Volkswagen Passat Alltrack review

Category: Estate car

Section: Performance & drive

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2019 rear tracking
  • 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

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Even with the added weight of its standard four-wheel drive, the 2.0-litre diesel with 187bhp still feels particularly strong. It pulls well from low revs and makes for easy progress along motorways or country roads, even with a full load. It’s not particularly refined, though, and sounds a little strained at higher revs. It doesn’t bring any additional towing capacity, but even so, its potential to drag a 2200kg braked trailer should be enough for a big caravan or trailer and is more than a Skoda Octavia Estate Scout or BMW 3 Series Touring can pull.  

It comes exclusively with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that proves smooth in the majority of situations, only hesitating if you ask for a sudden burst of pace, such as when quickly inserting yourself into a gap in the traffic at a roundabout.