INDIANA JONES wants a prestigious estate car to whisk his priceless antiques away from glory hunters and into museums – but which one? I suspect he goes weak at the knees for the top of the range Volkswagen Passat Alltrack. Why? Because its cargo capacity is 603-litres rising to 1,731-litres when the rear seats are folded flat. That is far more than some of its competitors so there is plenty of room for the Arc of the Covenant. And this estate has a few more tricks up its sleeve. Dr Jones – as an optional extra – could have the Cargo Management System which would enable him to section-off parts of the boot and restrain his antiques with belts. This could complement the optional net that lies flat on the boot’s floor but lifts so that small items can be held beneath. Perfect for treasure.
Now, Indiana Jones spends lots of time being chased by men who want to steal his treasure. Here the Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI 4MOTION DSG could help too. As such it produces 177PS which is enough to propel his valuables to 62mph in 8.9 seconds. That is pretty fast. It also has six-speed auto transmission to make life easy but Jones could select every gear manually – without a foot-operated clutch – by sliding the gear stick forwards/backwards. And there is more. Despite having a fair turn of speed this diesel load-lugger averages 47.9mpg. Trips to the fuel station are therefore rare which saves Jones enough money to buy new leather jackets – and new leather hats – and new whips.
The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack has four-wheel-drive which could help the antique hunter park on soft surfaces, feel safer on slippery roads, and escape huge circular boulders. This emphasises its rock-solid handling and comfortable ride that make driving more fun than finding the Holy Grail. It has plenty of equipment too. Highlights include climate control, which regulates the air-conditioning and the heater to maintain a pre-defined temperature in the cabin. The Alltrack also has automatic windscreen wipers, an electric parking brake, and built-in touch-screen sat-nav. All from £31,355 or the equivalent in ancient pottery. What better vehicle to keep his missions “all on track”?
By Stephen Turvil © 2013
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