There is a battle royale on at the moment for the adventurous sporty types and the SUV is clearly winning. We have such an obsession with large ambling SUVs in Australia that a casual cruise by the local school at drop-off time had me lose count of the large vehicles occupying, at best guess, 60 per cent of the local parking spaces. In that time I counted only a handful of station wagons and of those, three were Volkswagen Passats. So, what happened to station wagons?
Station wagons were the choice du jour once upon a time, while SUVs were definitely in the minority while I was growing up. Any surfer worth his salt owned a station wagon of some type. And who can forget the beloved Holden Sandman, which was a ute technically, but also referred to as a panel van and affectionately called a 'shaggin' wagon'. See, even cars that technically weren't station wagons were called wagons, such was their popularity.
In our space constrained times, large SUVs might be on borrowed time as they become less able to deal with the limits of apartment garages and inner city confines (okay, maybe not). But, if that does eventually become the case, we're lucky that car manufacturers have a solution for every problem.
The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is the perfect accompaniment to the adventure-bound owner with space issues, or who doesn't want an SUV. All-wheel drive wagons like the Passat Alltrack offer a much more comfortable on-road experience while still maintaining some ability when it comes to getting off the tarmac.