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VW Passat AllTrack 2.0 TDi Wagon (2013)
Volkswagen is another of the Euro marques offering buyers a ‘crossover’ style vehicle, derived from one of their existing passenger models, as an alternative to the typical SUV design.
Based on the standard Passat wagon, AllTrack includes under-body protection, wheel-arch flares, improved ground clearance and approach/departure angles.
VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, a selectable off-road driving program and increased maximum towing capacity of 1800kg are other enhancements. Accessing those slightly more remote picnic or camping areas, plus other similarly mild-mannered off-road excursions are possible, but it drives like any normal family wagon.
Under most conditions, the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel delivers sufficiently robust performance. Some initial turbo-lag off the line, and jerkiness of the standard six-speed DSG gearbox at very low speeds, are the only blemishes on its good character.
An engine upgrade in April boosted power and torque to the outputs shown in the adjacent panel; that’s an extra 5kW of power and 30Nm of torque. AllTrack’s ride feels taut but still comfortable over most road surfaces, though rougher tracks and larger potholes at times produce some unpleasant thumps.
Above-average dynamics, good grip levels and accurate steering make driving the Alltrack a pleasant experience.
Good handling, safety features and options, cheaper than Audi A4 AllRoad
Initial turbo-lag, gearbox low-speed jerkiness, temporary-use spare
Dual-zone climate-control, 17” alloys, auto stop/start system, cruise control, bluetooth, CD, fog lights, leather trim, navigation, rear view camera and park sensors, power tailgate, tyre pressure monitoring, heated front seats
Dual front/front and rear outer side/curtain airbags, electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist
||Passat AllTrack 2.0 TDi Wagon
||Medium Under $50,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
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||2.0-litre, common-rail turbo-diesel, 4-cyl
||130kW @ 4700rpm
||380Nm @ 1750-2500rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
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