Volkswagen Passat Alltrack TDI 4Motion review | Autocar
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Car review: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack UK
A lap timer on one of the most sensible, family-focused and practical cars on the road. As I said, a mystery. January 24th, Fuel economy this week: As a result, I can find my hands getting too toasty. The yellow light at the bottom centre of the screen shows that the heated steering wheel is switched on At this time of year the temperature frequently dips below 7 degrees C at both ends of the day - at a time when most of us do our commuting. Along with that heated steering wheel they make the Passat pretty much the perfect cold weather companion.
January 17th, Fuel economy this week: However, our Passat has been busy proving that the large estate car still has its place.
Review: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
The Passat has proved an invaluable companion. The Passat's load space proves the versatility of the traditional estate Folding down the rear seats reveals a generous 1, litres of space.
Of course, an SUV or MPV could have managed that, but in many cases without the refinement and long-distance cruising comfort the Passat provides in spades. January 12th, Fuel economy this week: All the ingredients for an excellent Alpine holiday - apart from snow However, the big freeze meant that any moisture on the road quickly became black ice.
The 1,mile round trip is a good test of what a car is like to live with and the Passat passed with flying colours. The seats are comfortable, the ride is quiet and compliant, the adaptive cruise control makes motorways a doddle and the boot is sufficiently cavernous to take the ridiculous quantity of luggage skiing holidays demand. December 28th, Fuel economy this week: The warning light said I needed between one and 2. Then it was back home to get busy — for all of five minutes.
You then remove the blue cap next to the regular diesel filler, plug the bottle in and wait while it glugs down the hole.
It really is that simple. December 20th, Fuel economy this week: And then I had winter tyres fitted to our Passat Alltrack.
Getting them was a mission in itself. So unusual that none of the big-name tyre makers could supply them — except Continental. Winter tyres have had a marked effect - and it it's not even properly cold yet Bucking conventional wisdom, the winter tyres with their intricate tread pattern appear quieter on the motorway. They certainly make the ride a lot more forgiving.
2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI 4Motion
December 13th, Fuel economy this week: In 1, miles it will run out of AdBlue. AdBlue is a solution made up of demineralized water and Urea that is injected during the exhaust phase to eliminate the dreaded nitrogen oxides. But at least in theory I can do it myself, in my own time. As AdBlue is here to stay for the foreseeable future, I guarantee that will change. December 7th, Fuel economy this week: Like most engine bays, you can look but you can't touch. At least the blue-topped screenwash reservoir is easy to access Which suits me just fine.
Thankfully VW has taken that feedback on board and the washer bottle is now large enough to need filling every few months rather than every couple of weeks.
Progress is a wonderful thing. December 2nd, Fuel economy this week: Christopher Pledger The Passat Alltrack comes with a choice of two power outputs: The peak torque of lb ft is accessed between 1, and 3,rpm.
Peak power comes in at 3,rpm. And that grunt is very welcome on the short uphill slip road that joins a fast-moving dual carriageway near my house. Downsides and there are a few: For a DSG auto this is supposedly We all know these figures are risibly unattainable in the real world.
November 22nd, Fuel economy this week: For smaller loads, there needs to be a way to keep it all in one piece. On a sunny Saturday morning on a straight, dry and clear A-road near us — where police speed camera vans often lurk — I had set the cruise control to 60 mph. My touch was so light on the steering wheel that I progressively removed my hands altogether and rested them on my legs. The car tracked true and steady, sometimes absorbing slight undulations in the surface and seeming to adjust its direction automatically.
Occasionally, it needed such a slight correction that just placing the weight of a finger on a spoke in the steering wheel was sufficient. Then along comes the Golf Alltrack to make me think again. I was keeping my eyes out ahead and was fully alert to the movements of the car but completely relaxed and enjoying music on the eight-speaker DAB digital radio.
I knew I was in safe hands. My top-of-the-line Alltrack was fitted with automatic distance control including front assist, radar sensor-controlled distance monitoring system, emergency braking system and cruise control, driver alert system, automatic post-collision braking system, and Pre-Crash preventative occupant protection. Not only could it drive itself: We went on serenely like this for some distance — maybe a mile — before I returned my hands to the wheel.
It would have taken a Sidewinder missile to knock it off course.