Friday, 5 April 2013

Automotive: Volkswagen Passat Salon

 This is our favourite Passat, because it provides all the performance and kit you want while keeping purchase prices and running costs reasonable.

 

Performance

4 out of 5 stars
Review-OnRoad There are three turbocharged petrol engines – the lively 120bhp 1.4 TSI, a muscular 158bhp 1.8 TSI and an even punchier 207bhp 2.0 TSI. The entry-level diesel is the 1.6 TDI, which has only 104bhp, but is impressively flexible and willing. Beyond that, there are two strong 2.0 TDI units, with either 138- or 168bhp, and the range gives buyers the choice of six-speed manual and six- or seven-speed DSG


Ride & Handling

  • 4 out of 5 stars
    Review-OnRoad The Passat is at its best on the motorway, where it’ll happily sit for hour after hour. It’s undemanding to drive everywhere else, with light steering and supple suspension. You still feel too many bumps, though, and the steering offers little feedback, so don’t expect to enjoy driving your Passat. Body control could be tighter, too, although it’s not worth spending the extra on the optional Adaptive Chassis Control system.

      

    Refinement,

    4 out of 5 stars
    • Review-OnRoad There are three turbocharged petrol engines – the lively 120bhp 1.4 TSI, a muscular 158bhp 1.8 TSI and an even punchier 207bhp 2.0 TSI. The entry-level diesel is the 1.6 TDI, which has only 104bhp, but is impressively flexible and willing. Beyond that, there are two strong 2.0 TDI units, with either 138- or 168bhp, and the range gives buyers the choice of six-speed manual and six- or seven-speed DSG gearboxes.

       www.vw.com/en/models/passat/gallery.html - United States
      www.volkswagen.co.uk/new/passat-vii

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