The latest Volkswagen Passat has quickly earned a reputation as a very capable tow car. In fact, the two-wheel-drive Estate was the overall winner at the Tow Car Awards in 2015. Here, we’re testing the heaviest and most powerful model in the range.

The Bi-TDI packs a heavyweight punch from its 240PS (236bhp) engine and, thanks to its four-wheel-drive transmission, weighs far more than most Passats. It also costs a lot more. Our GT-spec car costs £36,505, which pitches the VW against rivals with more upmarket badges.

We’re expecting the Passat to excel in all weathers. The 4Motion’s price is steep, but are there compromises in the range’s quickest car?