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?