2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Road Test and Review
It certainly has a long name, it’s officially known as the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition B8 4MOTION.
Even if you call it just a VW Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition it still takes up a lot of letters!
Either way this is a very enjoyable vehicle that gives a whole lot of different car buyers another sensible and pleasing option.
No, it isn’t cheap, it’s priced from $54,990, however it does repay you with plenty of versatility.
A nice cruiser at speed on the highway, a willing performer in the bends (with the grip of all-wheel drive), a comfortable city car and a vehicle roomy-enough for a family.
Well stocked? It certainly is!
Standard gear in the Wolfsburg Edition includes leather seats, 8-speaker stereo, blind-spot sensors, push-button ignition, electric/heated front seats etc. etc.
And the fully-digital instruments were again a major highlight.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a car with as many standard features as this Volkswagen offering.
True, like the R-Line version reviewed last week, digital radio would be a nice addition, but other than that, well it’s just about everything you could possibly want.
One complaint, the massaging seat function works really nicely on your lower back, however the controls are in an inconvenient position down on the side of the seat.
If you know the position of the switches by memory then its OK, otherwise you’ve got no idea of which button is which and you certainly shouldn’t be trying to look down there when on the move.
The 40 series tyres on the 19″ alloy wheels also provide for not a lot of absorption when a road crack or pothole is found.
The suspension is also tuned more towards performance than comfort.
Under the bonnet is a potent little engine - Volkswagen‘s 140kW/400Nm 2.0 litre turbo-diesel.
Performance is very good, albeit there is some initial lag when the accelerator is pressed with plenty of pressure.
Like the R-Line, I also thought the stop/start system was just a little too enthusiastic to kick in and found myself hitting the off switch for the function on the console.
Again, the transmission was also a little slow in finding drive, this being evident when a quick three-point turn is being attempted and another car is waiting for you.
Overall though, as with the Passat R-Line sibling, I found the Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition a pleasant, enjoyable and easy car to drive.
The turbo-petrol car was probably a touch more fun in the city though, so make sure you drive both.
Overall, if a quality, safe and well-equipped mid-size car is on your shopping list then you’d be mad not to get acquainted with a 2017 Volkswagen Passat.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition
- Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 140kW/400Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed dual-clutch auto
- Safety: Five stars
- Warranty: Three years
- Origin: Germany
- Price: from $54,990