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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, April 16, 2016
ON the outside it s Sunday-suit smart; on
the inside no-fuss functional, and as far
as performance is concerned, the new
VW Passat Alltrack is an Opera House-
Based on the practical Passat wagon, the
Passat Alltrack is back adding a fresh face
to the eighth generation of the VW mid-size
passenger vehicle. It has its own range of
standard features and the ability to go that
much farther off the bitumen.
This is due mainly to the new generation
4Motion all-wheel drive system, plus a feature
that allows drivers to select an appropriate
drive setup from a choice of eco, sport and,
unique to the Alltrack, off-road mode, which
includes automatically activating hill descent
The second-generation Passat Alltrack comes
with a high-torque turbo-diesel 2.0-litre diesel
engine mated with a six-speed DSG automatic.
All of this adds a small premium over the
standard Passat wagon; the Alltrack being
priced at $49,290, plus on-road costs, $1300
A Luxury Package consisting of a panoramic
sunroof, ambient interior lighting, electric
foldable mirrors, Park Assist 3 parking system,
LED daytime running lights, LED headlights
with dynamic cornering function, headlight
washers and a chrome grille strip, all for $3500.
This was included in our test vehicle.
Despite standing taller than the standard
Passat with ground clearance of up to 27.5 mm
above a standard Passat Wagon, the Alltrack
takes on a squat stance befitting a performance
Standard 18-inch Kalamata alloy wheels,
specifically created for the vehicle, are set off
by wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills,
these also offer additional body protection
when away from sealed roads.
Newly designed bumpers present an
instantly recognisable face, while rear badging
hints at Passat Alltrack s credentials.
The car s stylish interior has Vienna leather
appointed upholstery, a leather multi-function
steering wheel and gearshift knob, as well as
LED reading lights.
The Alltrack pays homage to the Passat
wagon with luggage space to meet the needs of
a full house - 639 litres of cargo volume even
with five adults on board. If full load capacity
is needed, luggage space can be increased to
1769 litres with the rear seatbacks lowered.
The cargo area offers an impressive interior
length of 1172 mm up to the back of the rear
seats and 2018 mm up to the back of the front
Convenience and practicality are foremost
with a luggage partition net, shopping bag and
load restraint hooks, interior illumination and a
12V socket in the boot.
The bush may be calling in the Alltrack
but there s no need to miss out on what s
happening in the big city. Connection comes
via the innovative App-Connect system, which
features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
systems, giving occupants access to content
via smartphones to music, messaging and
navigation via touchscreen or voice control.
This integrated technology is displayed in
high definition via the 8.0-inch Discover Pro
touchscreen with satellite navigation, which
also offers USB, SD card and Aux connectivity.
A special feature, off-road information
includes three digital round instruments
showing steering angle, a compass and altitude
Passat Alltrack s 2.0 TDI four-cylinder engine
develops 140 kW between 3500 and 4000 rpm,
adding an impressive maximum torque of
400Nm from 1750 rpm all the way up to 3000
With this to play with, says VW, the six-
speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission
puts out lively performance with official fuel
consumption of just 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres
on the combined urban / highway cycle.
Passenger protection is paramount; the new
Alltrack coming standard with multi-collision
brake technology, a driver fatigue detection
system, Continental self-sealing tyres, a low
tyre pressure indicator, parking distance
sensors and reversing camera.
There s an electronic stability program and
XDL on both axles, which brakes the wheels
on the inside of a bend during fast cornering,
optimising steering response.
Nine airbags: front, front and rear side,
curtain (front and rear), and driver s knee
airbags. There are safety optimised front head
restraints and three-point seat belts.
Traffic monitoring includes Front Assist with
City Emergency Braking function, Side Assist
for lane changing, Adaptive Cruise Control, and
Rear Traffic Alert which detects other vehicles
crossing when reversing out of a parking space.
Park Assist is available as part of the optional
Luxury Package. It enables semi-automatic
parking in spaces parallel or perpendicular to
the road. It can also get the car out of parallel
From a light load to a crowded house , with
its torquey motor doing its stuff, there is little
change in the way the Passat Alltrack rides and
handles under normal road conditions.
While the maker puts combined fuel
consumption at 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres,
the test car came up with 9.1 litres per 100
kilometres in town traffic and 4.8 litres per 100
kilometres at sustained legal motorway speed,
neither of which need cause for concern at the
It s worth taking a look at the way technology
helps in one sticky off-road situation. By
dialling up the off-road mode with the
driving profile selector, Hill Descent Assist
is automatically engaged at speeds between
2 km/h and 30 km/h, preventing unwanted
acceleration on downhill slopes of more than
10 per cent.
In an emergency stop on loose surfaces the
ABS anti-skid intervals are changed to build up
a wedge of stones, gravel or sand and reduce
the stopping distance.
The accelerator can become more sensitive,
meaning there is more pedal travel for less
power, slower acceleration and lower top
speed. At the same time, gearshift points are
higher and automatic upshifts are suppressed.
All in all, the total system reduces stress
leaving the driver to plot a safe path without
While I can take or leave a panoramic
sunroof and ambient interior lights, the Luxury
Package, with electric folding mirrors, Park
Assist 3 parking system, LED daytime running
lights, LED headlights with dynamic cornering
function, headlight washers and a chrome grille
strip, does seem a bargain at $3500.
Going bush is not out of the question with
the new VW Passat Alltrack; neither is cruising
the highway in comfort; nor taking on the cut
and thrust of city traffic when the power to
overtake quickly and safely is an advantage.
AT A GLANCE
VW Passat Alltrack 2.0-litre TDI140 DSG with
Luxury Package: $3500
Metallic or Pearl Effect paint: $700
Note: These prices do not include
government or dealer delivery charges. Contact
your local Volkswagen dealer for drive-away
For further details regarding the VW Passat,
call into Hutchinson Motors LMCT 6390, corner
Ninth Street and Deakin Avenue, phone 5021
6300 or visit www.davisonmg.com.au
on track for success
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