The Passat Estate this Alltrack variant is based upon is a car that sells on pragmatism, so it's a critical component of its success that the running costs of the vehicle flag up all the right numbers. Remember that despite its SUV-style appeal, the bulk of this car's sales will still come from fleet buyers who don't give a brass tuppence about 4x4 capability. For them it's about bills, bills, bills; residual values, fuel economy, carbon dioxide emissions, insurance costs, servicing overhead and so on.
These people should approve of the figures returned by the 2.0 TDI 190PS diesel engine - up to 46.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 127g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. Upfront pricing is slightly higher than some rivals, but pull residual values into the equation and the Passat looks a strong proposition. Less impressive is the three year/60,000 mile warranty cover. We can't see why Volkswagen couldn't extend that mileage limit to 100,000 miles, since that what you get on its mechanically very similar Caddy model. Doing that though, wouldn't give Volkswagen dealers so much of an opportunity to sell extended warranty packages.