Passat Alltrack... who has one ?

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From Auto Express:

The four-wheel-drive VW Passat Alltrack estate squares up to our favourite crossover, the Mazda CX-5

Crossovers have made a big impact on the new car market over the past few years. It all started in 2007 with the Nissan Qashqai, which set the template for cars with the running gear and costs of a modern regular family hatchback wrapped up in an SUV-style body.

However, if you’re not a fan of crossovers, but still need rugged ability, there’s an alternative. The off-road estate takes a standard family car, then adds four-wheel drive and chunky looks. The latest model to follow this formula is the VW Passat Alltrack. The flagship of the Passat estate range, it gets 4WD, a raised ride height and rugged body additions.

A £28,480 price puts it right at the heart of the 4WD crossover competition, though. Our current class champ is the Mazda CX-5, so we’ve pitched the new Alltrack against the flagship, four-wheel-drive 2.2D Sport model. Does the Volkswagen make a better case for itself than a more conventional 4x4?


Verdict

The VW Passat Alltrack is an intriguing car. It looks great and has plenty of premium features to justify its position at the top of the model’s range. It’s also priced to fill a gap in the VW Group’s off-road estate line-up, as it slots between the cheaper Skoda Octavia Scout and the more expensive Audi A4 allroad. If you want maximum carrying capacity and need a car that can deal with slippery conditions and minor off-road work without fuss, the Passat fits the bill.


However, it’s not as versatile as a crossover. The added ride height isn’t enough to make it a viable alternative to an SUV, while the 138bhp 2.0 TDI diesel isn’t as eager as the cheaper Mazda’s more powerful engine. And although the Alltrack beats its rival for boot space, the CX-5 enjoys a clear advantage in nearly every other area.


The flagship diesel auto costs less to buy, yet it comes with more standard kit, is more engaging to drive on the road and has lower tax bills for company drivers. Plus, while it doesn’t get lockable four-wheel drive or hill descent control, greater ground clearance means it can venture further than the Alltrack.


In many respects, the range-topping CX-5 is the least convincing model in that car’s line-up, but it does more than enough to beat the high-riding Passat in this rugged encounter.
 

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Hi I do it has now done 15000klm so still new your comparison to the mazda cx5 does not work as the Mazda is a SUV where as the passat is a wagon as such is lower, being in the 60s and a kayak owner it is easier to put the kayak on the roof rack than any SUV I know of and is the reason for purchase of the alltrack also I am intending to drive it on the beach to various fishing and kayaking spots I will keep in touch as to its off road capabilities , but so far it has been faultless
 

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Hi back again now the alltrack has done some 69,000klm and still going well a couple of problems 1 the drivers head rest stopped functioning also I believe a common problem with vw wagons the tail gate latch stopped working all fixed and at the moment the car is getting a new water pump which broke and is still under warranty so they are the major problems my other problem is when the sat Nav was updated last year we are going to dummin where ever that is so far no idea why and how to repair will keep you up with that one otherwise a great vehicle and ideal for our purpose and I am not getting any younger so the height of the roof racks is good for the bikes and kayaks
 

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Well not many posts in this section!
I became the owner of a 2012 manual version yesterday.
Had tdi 130 2003 for last 10 years so this is all modern and techno compared.
I haven't found a USB port yet though which surprises me.
 
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Not many posts at all but last week ordered a brand new manual in Indium Grey. In VW stock so hoping to get a call from the dealer within a day or two telling me it's arrived.
 

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Not many posts at all but last week ordered a brand new manual in Indium Grey. In VW stock so hoping to get a call from the dealer within a day or two telling me it's arrived.

Nice one! Enjoy.
Took mine onto a muddy common last weekend. Was slipping around a bit but was OK, though so was my friend in his FWD car. The tyres on mine look to be rubbish for off road though looking at tread pattern, think I need to get some M&S tyres.
 

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I bought a 2013 Alltrack last year. Had been struggling towing a caravan with a BMW 320d and the VW has been a revelation!
Fantastic towing ability. Have to remind myself I have a van on the back...

Can anyone recommend replacement tyres for it on the front? Am looking at 2 x DunlopSport Maxx RT XL which i can get fitted for £214. Any good alternatives?
thx
 

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what is the 'real world' mpg when you're not towing? i have a passat estate which has 120K on the clock and i have calculated it does 52mpg. i do a lot of motorway miles with a fully loaded boot - so i would be interested to see how this car compares.
ATB
stu
 

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Hi Stu,
We can get 48-50 mpg on the motorway at steady (legal) speeds. We have found we get better mpg when we don't use cruise control..!
Around town we're lucky if we get near 30mpg...
Once VW have done their 'fix' for the emissions I'm thinking of having it remapped for better performance/mpg.
 

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Finally mine is at the dealer and collecting it tomorrow at 10am. Can't wait. Factory fitted towbar will also be tested on Tuesday when we take the caravan away for Easter.
Happy Easter everyone.
 

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I picked mine up last month. 63 Plate with 32,000 miles on the clock. Had a Volvo XC70 AWD D3 before, but prefer the VW. Nicer drive and doesn't have that heavy feel about it.
 

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Hi,
I have had my 2012 for 15 months and It has just rolled over 100,000miles. I love this car and for towing it is amazing compared to my old Disco 2 TD5. It is so sure footed I couldn't believe the difference to my disco and so glad I changed to it. The fuel.....when towing about 28mpg with 26ft caravan. Otherwise lucky to get 35mpg around town and 45mpg on a run. (All better than disco).

Problems.... The Haldex controller on the Dif is prone to the ingress of water/corrosion. This causes damage to the circuit board via corroding it. I only found out because my front wheels were spinning a lot and when putting the caravan away on wet grass the 4x4 wasn't working. I serviced the Haldex oil&filter and replaced the pump and it still didn't work.....it was then I found out about the controller problem. It is well known problem and the local agent weren't interested except for £1200 repair kit and installation, I declined. I sent my controller to Haldex repair which was a very quick turn around (less than 48hrs) hey presto 4x4 is great now. I enjoyed the snow just before Xmas giving the system a good test. My caravan also goes away no problems now on wet grass. Check haldex is working...if not check the controller.

Atb Hadgee
 

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Hello again. So I posted back in October last year having bought my Alltrack in Sept 2017. Had it almost a year and now reaching 50,000 miles. The extreme snow we had in March in Scotland was a dream to drive in (even with low tread tyres) getting to supermarkets whilst everyone else was stuck. No problem with the Passat! Front and back tyres now replaced with Michelin Crossclimates (almost at £700 cost) so ready for the next upcoming winter and foresee no issues getting through the snow if it comes. Been serviced recently at a VW dealer, and as it's 5 years old now they are saying I need my timing belt done. I'll wait a couple of months ... got quoted £499 for timing belt and water pump. I echo the above comments on MPG. I am more or less the same albeit I don't tow anything. My car has had the VW 'fix' software upgrade but so far I have not noticed anything even though there are a lot of people out there blaming this for failed EGR valves etc. I have a couple of other problems but will post as a separate thread.
 

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Picked it up friday, missing some features of the top end spec but all in super happy.

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Brought home friday, very pleased.



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