2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack on sale in Australia from $49,290

Back by popular demand, Volkswagen has launched the 2016 Passat Alltrack in Australia, based on the recently-introduced eighth-gen Passat.

2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

As the name suggests, the Alltrack is a sporty all-terrain version of the Passat wagon. It stands higher off the ground, offering 27.5mm of added ground clearance. It also gets rugged-look plastic mouldings around the wheel arches, and lower body protection and new bumper bars.

Just one trim line is being offered in Australia. It comes with a 2.0-litre TDI turbo-diesel producing 140kW and 400Nm, up from 125kW and 350Nm of the predecessor. On the combined cycle it consumes just 5.4L/100km. The efficiency is thanks to BlueMotion Technology, which includes stop-start, brake energy recuperation, and a coasting function.

Behind the engine is a six-speed dual-clutch DSG auto with 4MOTION all-wheel drive, sending power through a locking front differential. The on-board computer offers the driver Eco, Sport, and Off-road driving modes. Flat out, acceleration from 0-100km/h comes up in 8.0 seconds.

Standard features include 18-inch “Kalamata” alloy wheels, a Vienna leather upholstery, and Volkswagen’s latest 8.0-inch infotainment high-def touch-screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, sat-nav, and a rear-view camera.

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In the back is 639 litres of cargo space, expandable to 1769 litres. The cargo area also has a 12-volt socket, a luggage net, and shopping bag hooks for added practicality.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.