Volkswagen Passat Review
Volkswagen Passat, a mid size premium 4-door sedan is a German creation since 1973. Currently running in its eighth generation, this car is positioned between VW Jetta and VW Phaeton. Further, rewarded as “Car of the Year 2015” by the international “Car of the Year” jury, this car has many highlights to be liked by all. This eight generation sedan flaunts on roads with trendy design and German attitude. Front profile has larger bonnet, three plate grill with VW badge, chrome housed fog lamps, and sharper head lights. On the side, wing mirrors with integrated turn lights, fenders, large doors, and prominent running character lines give an overall impressive look. Passat's Rear has LED taillights with defogger and sharply carved tail gate. The sunroof on top which is an exterior highlight allows the sunlight to come in and brighten up in the interiors. The dimensions of Passat measure as 4769 mm X 1820 mm X 1470 mm (L X W X H) which indicates the car must be spacious from inside to accommodate all feature and comforts. The interiors are spacious for five passengers with ample leg room and head room. The material used inside is of premium quality and the seats are comfortable with up to configuration of 14 settings. The 3 spoke steering wheel in combination with leather and aluminum, a leather gear shift knob, a multi-function trip computer screen display, and logically placed controls not only give a good feel in cockpit but also ensures nice driving experience. The cabin is perfectly carved and illuminated. Some comfort features include armrests, storage box, glove box, cup holders, door pockets, and dual zone climate control with vents in front and rear so that the car remains cool. A complete audio system features a CD player with 6- disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, SD memory card reader, Bluetooth, Aux-in, 8-speakers, and 30 GB hard disk which allows you to listen music of your choice. Talking about the variants of this sedan, the Philippine market will receive Trendline and Highline variants. Both these variants come with 2.0-litre TSI gasoline engine which is capable to propel maximum power of 211 hp in between 5300 and 6200 rpm and the maximum torque of 280 Nm in between 1700 and 5200 rpm. Supporting this engine is a six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission. With this engine and transmission, the drive is smooth and the combined fuel economy read as 7.2 litres per 100 km. The top speed recorded is 238 km/hr and the acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/hr come as 7.6 seconds. The braking and handling of this car is strong with responsive steering wheel, large alloy wheels, and efficient brakes in places. The safety is optimum with front, rear, and head airbags, 3- point safety belts, LATCH child seat anchor points, Anti-lock Braking system, Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Engine Brake Assist. The Intelligent Crash response system automatically unlocks all the doors, disable the fuel pump, and turn on the hazard lights in case of an accident. Thus, the car is an all-rounder with full dynamism and charm.
Mileage and Fuel economy
Talking about the fuel economy of Passat, this car is preferred by a lot of people on this ground. The urban fuel economy reads as 10 litres per 100 km and combined mileage for city and highway come to 7.2 litres per 100 km. The extra urban fuel economy figures of Passat area is also impressive with 5.6 litres per 100 km.
The Philippine Passat will be fitted with a 2.0-litre TSI gasoline engine which will produce maximum power of 211 hp in between 5300 and 6200 rpm and the maximum torque of 280 Nm in between 1700 and 5200 rpm. The Philippine market will receive two variants of Passat; Trendline and Highline. Both these variants will be fitted with same engine and mated to a six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.
Acceleration & Pickup
The Passat accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h take in 7.6 seconds and 238 km/hr is the top speed recorded for this sedan.
This eight generation Passat has its own unique character in spite of having some designing cues from its older generation. The front features three plate grille with VW marque and larger bonnet. The head lights are sharper with LED projector lamps. The fog lamps get thick chrome line which runs at the lower end of the bumper. The side profile has sharp lines running with impressive fenders and large doors. The two wing mirrors with integrated turn lights and a thin chrome plate running from sides to rear gives a designing look. The rear has slim LED taillights with a defogger and VW badge. The rear and front windscreens have special lamination to avoid noise inside the cabin.
The Volkswagen Passat has admiring looks with dimensions measuring as 4769 mm X 1820 mm X 1470 mm (L X W X H). This dimensions with wheel base of 2711 mm shows that it is a typical sedan and that too a well-built so that the interiors have a lot of space for everyone and everything.
The high quality interiors with stylish details complement its exteriors so well. The front seats are fully electrical with up to 14 settings which ensures comfortable sitting postures. The rear seats also have high position with good legroom and thigh support. The dials are big and readable with chrome rings which make them shine in dark backdrop. A multifunction trip computer screen display to provide relevant information of vehicle like miles to empty, trip time, trip length etc. is also embedded on the console.
The controls are logically placed and the seats are ventilated. The material used in Passat is of superior quality. A 3-spoke steering wheel in combination of leather and aluminum along with a leather gear shift knob peps up the driving experience while the buttons mounted on the wheel increases the ease of controlling systems while driving.
The comfort level in Passat is mind blowing. The interior lights are optimum both at front and rear. The vanity mirrors are illuminated. A center front armrest with integrated storage box and a rear foldable armrest with storage compartment not only ensures ease for arms but also gives storage options. The glove-box, cup holders, and door pockets are fairly large to store your tit bits. A dual zone climate control with side and rear vents ensure proper cooling in the car while the sunroof takes care of proper sunlight in the day.
The interior is spacious to offer comfortable seat to five people. The front legroom is 1076.9 mm and rear legroom is 993.1 mm. The front and rear headroom measures as 972.8 mm and 960 mm respectively. The cargo space of 566 litres and fuel tank capacity of 70-litres easily allows to plan long trips with lots of luggage and fuel in storage.
Engine and Performance
The Philippine Passat will be equipped with a 2.0-litre TSI gasoline engine which will produce maximum power of 211 hp and maximum torque of 280 Nm in between 1700 and 5200 rpm. This engine is in pairing with a six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.
Stereo and Accessories
A complete audio system promises happy musical journeys in Passat. The premium audio system features a CD player with 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, SD memory card reader, and 30 GB hard disk. Giving you the options of Bluetooth and Aux-in which further increases the choice of music you would like to listen while traveling in Passat. More, the 8 speakers are so logically placed that it allows every beat to travel till heart.
The wheels are big and tough to prevent the car from skidding and keep it grounded. According to the variants, four wheel options are available, all with VW logo and design. There are 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, 17-inch Sanoma alloy wheels, 18-inch Bristol alloy wheels, and 19-inch Luxor alloy wheels. These wheels give a complete shiny look to the car and make it run easily over each obstacle.
Braking and Handling
When it comes to braking and handling, Passat has scored well. There are power assisted front and rear vented disc brakes with independent front MacPherson struts and independent rear 4-link suspension which ensures that the large pot holes are absorbed nicely, resulting into comfortable rides. The Anti-lock Braking system ensures that the car does not skid in case of sudden braking. The Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution ensures prompt STOP of vehicle with proper distribution of forces on brakes. The Hydraulic Brake Assist comes to aid in case of panic braking situations. The overall driving is safe with steady steering wheel and smooth cornering.
Safety and Security
Just like its exterior and interiors, the Passat is not less on safety front as well. The car is super safe with many safety features like front, rear, and head airbags. The 3- point safety belts and LATCH child seat anchor points keep you intact in seats. The Intelligent Crash response system automatically unlock all the doors, disable the fuel pump, and turn on the hazard lights in case of an accident. The Immobilizer keeps the thieves away from the car. The Bi-Xenon headlights and dynamic cornering lights will help you to get an early look of all unexpected obstacles on road. Other safety features which ensure stability include Anti-lock Braking system, Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Electronic Stability System, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Engine Brake Assist.
- Effective safety
- Expansive rear seat
- Decent fuel economy
- Styling can be improved
- Features can be more posh