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New Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

Good news! The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack might be the most practical car in the world.

By Stephen Turvil
Dec 07, 2011
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Good news! The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack might be the most practical car in the world. But why? It is a VW, for starters, so it feels robust enough to outlast a medieval castle. It is also an estate, so it carries more cargo than an Airbus A380. But here comes the killer point. The Alltrack has four-wheel-drive. This helps motorists stick to slippery snow, inconvenient ice, and raucous rain – all of which we experience in abundance through the winter. As such, it suits those who want the benefits of four-wheel-drive - but without the disadvantages of a traditional mud-plunger such as the Land Rover Discovery.

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack also has higher ground clearance than its siblings. That comes in handy for tackling uneven surfaces, as does its 'hill decent' function. This automatically controls the vehicle’s speed on slopes of ten degrees or higher. Very nice too. Furthermore, its diesel engine comes in two flavours - a 2.0-litre 140PS six-speed manual and the 2.0-litre 170PS auto. This mud-plunger also has under-body protection and flared sills – plus chrome roof rails, window surrounds, and mirror casings. It has eighteen-inch alloys too, plus twin-zone climate control and a tyre pressure monitor. The only thing missing is a chauffeur. The VW Passat Alltrack hits the showrooms in April 2012.

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By Stephen Turvil
Dec 07, 2011