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Sharply priced, well-specified VW Passat Alltrack crossover delivers a solid drive

Volkswagen logo29 Oct 2012

By TIM NICHOLSON

VOLKSWAGEN has entered the mid-size wagon-based crossover fray with its classy Passat Alltrack, designed to offer the extra dirt-road confidence of raised ride height and all-wheel-drive without the pitfalls of a full-blown SUV.

Sharply priced and loaded with luxuries, it has the venerable Subaru Outback firmly in its crosshairs but also appears to cut the lunch of up-spec variants of the ageing, smaller and less powerful Octavia Scout from VW Group stablemate Skoda.

The standard Passat is a high-quality smooth operator and we found the Alltrack translated well when subjected to a bit of the rough stuff, meaning it complements VW’s mid-size range rather than representing a compromise.
Model release date: 1 October 2012 to 1 September 2015

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