NZ Autocar - - New Arrival -

While the mar­ket for those tra­di­tional large cars slowly shriv­els, the mi­gra­tion to high riders con­tin­ues in earnest. And if you’re af­ter some­thing ver­sa­tile but not quite ready to fol­low the SUV flock, ei­ther one of these will do just nicely. The Out­back is the sales star for Subaru, driv­ing its growth lo­cally while the Alltrack is a re­cent ad­di­tion to the Passat line-up, and help­ing boost re­tails.

The high-rid­ing Alltrack was in­tro­duced in 2012 and be­came the best sell­ing Passat model. And since the new one has come along, it is again the most pre­ferred Passat model with 62 sold in the first three months of the year. How­ever, it’s a bit player com­pared with the Out­back, with over 350 sold. It helps that the Out­back is a com­plete model range, with five vari­ants, and that it is cov­er­ing two roles for Subaru, as it’s the only big wagon it now sells, at least un­til Levorg ar­rives in June. The Alltrack is a sin­gle vari­ant of the Passat range (Passat sales to­tal 178 for the first three months of the year), and lands here at $57,990, cun­ningly po­si­tioned $2000 be­low an Out­back 3.6R. But more on that later; first, some de­tails on the Alltrack.

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