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2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg review
  • Wolfsburg brings a big extras list for a small premium; Strong and efficient engine; Excellent road manners; Capable AWD system; Good towing capacity; Classy, practical interior
  • Ground clearance could be higher for an all-roader wagon; Comfort mode’s floaty ride and slow engine response; DSG still not the perfect automatic gearbox; Some interior-quality inconsistencies

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8.6 / 10

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2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg review

The crest of VW’s home city is back with the Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg, bringing some key extras to the higher-riding version of the Passat wagon.

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