This new version is offered in an estate car configuration, and it closes the gap between the conventional Passat Estate and SUVs such as the Tiguan. The rationale here many car drivers who use their car as a towing vehicle, or in light off-road situations, want a versatile, sporty and very roomy passenger car that has rugged qualities.
Volkswagen developed the VW Passat Alltrack for this clientele. In comparison with the familiar Passat Estate, the new model is defined by new bumpers in SUV style with wheel well and side sill flares. Its greater off-road ramp angle, approach angle, departure angle and higher ground clearance all make the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack an excellent SUV alternative for driving on unpaved track.
The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is offered in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (4MOTION). However, in both cases the vehicle is designed to tow large trailer loads and drive through extremely rough terrain. That is why torque-strong turbocharged engines are used exclusively in the latest Volkswagen two petrol (TSI) and two diesel (TDI) engines. The maximum torque of the efficient four-cylinder engines lies in the range of 250 to 350 Newton metres. None of the four engines requires more than 1,750 rpm to achieve its maximum torque, making it ideal for all driving situations.
The driver approaches a red light, brakes the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack to a stop, shifts to neutral and takes his or her foot off the clutch with DSG it is sufficient to press the brake pedal. This immediately shuts the engine off. The ‘Stop/Start’ indicator now appears on the multifunction display. As soon as the traffic light turns green and the driver presses the clutch pedal or simply releases the brake pedal with DSG, the engine automatically starts, the ‘Stop/Start’ indicator goes out, the driver puts the vehicle into gear and drives off. Essentially, the driver does not need to perform any extra steps than in conventional car driving while the Stop/Start system reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.2 l/100 km in city driving.