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Volkswagen Passat Alltrack review

2012 - 2014 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £29,240 - £31,980
Used prices £4,611 - £12,205
Road tax cost £200 - £240
Insurance group 21 - 26
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 724 - 754 miles
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Pros & cons

  • Good on- and off-road
  • One of the largest boots in its class
  • Good looking
  • Pricey servicing costs
  • Discounts will be hard to get
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals

Written by Simon McBride Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


If you’re a skier, a mountain-biker or even a caravaning enthusiast, the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack may be ideal for your lifestyle. It comes with a four-wheel drive system, making it capable both on- and off-road, and it even has a premium badge to boot. The Alltrack is capable of towing horseboxes and even small boats over slippery roads with little problem, and that might make it an attractive choice for outdoor types. It’s based on the popular Passat estate, but now with added off-road capability it aims to attract a new breed of customer. Volkswagen is entering into unchartered waters with the Passat Alltrack, but up against rivals such as the Audi A4 Allroad and the Volvo XC70 the going will not be easy. The Passat could, however, be a wise choice for the mud-plugging and towing brigade. When tested off-road, it coped well with everything we threw at it. So is it all things to all buyers? Read on to find out…