2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review - Asian Car Guide
November 15, 2018




2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review

2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review

The Alltrack is a Volkswagen Passat station wagon, with additions for Off Road work; all-wheel drive, higher off the ground, protective black strips along the flared side sills and wheel arches, redesigned bumpers, light weight high strength plastic underbody protection, Hill Descent Control to limit downhill speed, and Optimised Traction Control, for better grip.

This all means reasonable all terrain work, but not a heavy duty off roader, suitable for weekend work say, not a trip through the bush. The big difference to an SUV is height and weight. It is low like a normal car, meaning less weight and lower centre of gravity, so better for normal road and city driving than an SUV.

It is easier to park, much easier to load on top, easier to get in and out of, and has much better fuel economy. For people who dislike driving a lumbering big SUV around town but like going off road a bit or driving on beaches this is a viable choice.

The engine is 2 litre 4 cylinder turbo fuel injected diesel, with 6 speed DSG dual clutch transmission, and permanent All Wheel Drive, normally driving front wheels, but instantly automatically switching to all wheels, or mostly to the rear wheels, when it finds that is needed.

An emphasis for this diesel car is fuel economy, so it has engine start/stop, disabled by a button if not wanted, and the dual clutch gives very fast gear shifts, saving fuel. There is brake energy recuperation and a coasting function.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review

Drive modes:

ECO to assist in saving fuel, NORMAL with normal suspension and motor settings, SPORT to change gears at lower revs, accelerate harder and tighten suspension settings, INDIVIDUAL for personal setup choices, then OFF ROAD, which can limit downhill speed with Hill Descent Control and optimise drive and braking to the 4 wheels with Traction Control and ABS changes, makes acceleration slower, and gear shift timing is changed.

The car is zippy to drive, has good acceleration for a 2 litre engine, and handles very well. A pleasure to drive in city and on highway. We didn’t have opportunity to try off road yet. Most people usually prefer auto transmission, so the tiptronic manual would probably be mainly for hill and off road work.

The large front and back glass sunroof that lets in light and shows the sky, with a blind for hot days, and front part opening, all electrically operated, is much appreciated. Tailgate is electric power operated.

 

Interior:

This is very well designed, laid out and functional, with lots of storage room on doors, nice leather steering wheel, gear knob and leather appointed seats, stylish checker pattern strip around the edges, and louvered grill that includes all air vents in one line, with round analogue clock in centre of dash.

Multimedia is controlled from an 8” high definition touch screen.  A CD player, SD card slots, and Aux In are tucked away in the glove compartment. Apple Car play and Android Auto are available, along with Sat Nav. The screen can control air con settings, or have 3 dials showing steering angle, compass and altitude, or show engine information.

As mentioned, this looks like a normal Volkswagen Passat wagon, but has been blessed with many previous options as standard features.

 

Safety Features and Driving Aids:

Roof rails are standard.  There are 9 airbags, multi collision braking, fatigue detect, Continental puncture proofed tyres, tyre pressure detect, front/rear park sensors and reverse cam.

ESP, Electronic diff locks, torque vectoring and individual wheel braking, XDL, all contribute to grip and traction control. There is Adaptive Cruise Control and Speed Limiter. The Park Brake is electric. Steering is electro mechanically assisted.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review

Luxury Package:

This gives you a panoramic sunroof, auto folding side mirrors, headlight cleaning, ambient interior lighting, headlights with Dynamic Cornering and driving lights all done with LED’s, headlight washers, and chrome grille strip, and Auto Parking where the driver just controls brake and accelerator.

 

Price:

$54,214 +ORC,

Luxury Package $3,500,

Metallic or Pearl Effect paint $700

 

Specifications:

Engine: 2 litre 4 cylinder TDI turbo diesel

Transmission: 6 speed dual Clutch auto with tiptronic manual shift

Fuel: 5.4 L/100km, Tank: 70 L

Power:  140kW @ 3,500-4,000

Torque: 400Nm @ 1,750-3,000, 0-100kmh 8 seconds

Dimensions mm: L 4,777, W 1,832, H 1,506, WB 2,791, Road Clearance 174

Turning Circle: 11.7m

Luggage: 650 L or 1,780 L with rear seats down