Ready to Order: Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Priced in UK: Should We Get It?

Volkswagen's rugged new all-wheel-drive Passat Alltrack will begin rolling into showrooms around the United Kingdom soon. First unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, the Passat Alltrack is a lifted not-quite-a-crossover that’s based on the European-only Passat Estate.

VW will offer two engine and transmission options on the Passat Alltrack. The base engine is the same 140-hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 that we can find under the hood of Golf, Jetta, and Passat TDI models. That engine comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The Passat Alltrack's optional engine is also a 170-hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-banger hooked up to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The Passat Alltrack's single trim level comes well equipped; standard equipment includes Alcantara upholstery, a navigation system, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, and the same 18-inch "snowflake" wheels as the concept. VW will offer a host of high tech features as extras on the Passat Alltrack, including its Adaptive Chassis Control, Automatic Distance Control with City Emergency Braking, and even an electrically deployed tow bar.

For those of you guessing that VW would never bring a manual-transmission, diesel-powered, all-wheel-drive station wagon to the United States would be correct—Volkswagen currently has no plans to bring the Passat Alltrack here to compete against the Subaru Outback and Volvo XC70. What we get instead is the 2013 Audi Allroad, built in the same vein as the Passat Alltrack. Like the Alltrack, the Allroad gets all-wheel drive, and a suspension lift that increases ground clearance to 7.1 inches, as opposed to the Alltrack's 6.5 inches. Like the Alltrack the Audi Allroad will likely get a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 powerplant, though in this case it'll be a gas-powered engine familiar to buyers of the Audi A4 Avant it's based on.

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack goes on sale in the UK at the end of May for roughly $45,000 for the manual version, and about $49,000 for the more powerful version. The more luxurious Audi Allroad will likely cost about the same when it arrives later this year.

Which lifted go-anywhere wagon would you prefer, the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack or the Audi A4 Allroad? Let us know in the comments below.

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I like the VW alltrack and would have considered it if it would have been offered. I did buy a 2013 Audi allroad and love it. The interior is nicer than a vw and is starting off as a great car. I think that Audi and VW are reluctant to bring these vehicles here because Americans don't buy them. Once we start buying them I think they will bring them. I made the decision that I wanted an allroad once I knew they were coming back to the United States. The new allroad is the same size slightly larger I think then the older a6 allroad, and gets much better mileage. If VW brings the alltrack, I hope people buy them. Either way for most people they are a better choice then an SUV or CUV. I think though after driving the Audi I would have still ended up with the Audi.
The VW! I think the new VW Alltrack is much better looking than the Audi. I genuinely believe the VW would sell in better numbers too. It's a vehicle more attractive to the outdoor lifestyle crowd that would buy it over a XC70, Outback, Forrester, Ford Escape, etc
Totally agree that VW and Audi do NOT appeal to the same customers. I think corporate VW has done a poor job differentiating the two brands. As stated, they would not sell like crazy here, but keep it simple, and truly allow us to order only the options we want (many of us are willing to wait for them), and it would develop a solid following. Offering only the two diesel engines would keep it straightforward from a manufacturing standpoint, and with the high percentage sold on the jetta/passat/golf line, I don't think anyone would miss the gas models. Bring it over, my next new car is likely in 2013 !
Paul adam
Again VW makes another misstep by not offering the Alltrack in America to compete against the Outback obviously Americans do not like plain station wagens but jacked up ones they do..send it over in one trim level (except make navi optional to cut costs) they will sell here they wont set the world on fire but american buyers love rugged machines like this. We dont need a boring passat wagen just this.The all road and all track cater to two different customers so they would not compete with eachother people who buy audis need the Prestige here VWs they dont.
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By all means...send us the Audi, more style, more luxurious and the 2.0 turbo gas (265 hp please! )

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