Volkswagen is ready to go head-to-head with its cousins from the VW Group, Audi, by launching its own four-wheel drive estate, the Passat Alltrack.

Set to do battle with the Audi A4 Allroad, VW’s Alltrack benefits from its raised ride height, 4Motion four-wheel drive and rugged body enhancements.

On sale across the UK from may 28, the Passat Alltrack is based on the Passat Estate, but the 4Motion 4WD system and raised ride height give it greater agility off-road, while body enhancements provide some protection from scrapes when covering rough terrain.

Just one trim level is available in the UK, with a choice of two drivetrains: a 2.0TDI 140PS with six-speed manual gearbox, priced at £28,475, and a 2.0TDI 170PS with six-speed DSG transmission, priced at £31,025.

Standard equipment includes Alcantara upholstery, 2Zone electronic climate control, touchscreen satnav, DAB radio, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth prep, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and 18in Canyon alloy wheels.

A Driver Alert System that monitors the driver’s responses to raise awareness of fatigue is also standard, as is ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme).

There’s also a whole host of options, including High Beam Assist, which automatically controls dipping of the headlights; Side Scan Lane Change Assist, which monitors the vehicle’s blind spot; Lane Assist; Automatic Distance Control with City Emergency Braking function; Park Assist (second generation); an interior ambient lighting pack; a rear-view camera; and an electrically deployed towbar.

And just for good measure, the Passat Alltrack is capable of towing 2000kg (braked, 12% incline), 200kg more than an equivalent Passat Estate.

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