2006 Volkswagen Passat 2 0T Test drive and new car review 2006 Volkswagen… — 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

German engineering is alive and

All new, larger, more Does that sound every new car intro these Yes, and the 2006 Volkswagen is no different. Still, it’s to fault the interior spaciousness a 4-cylinder, 2-liter engine with a turbocharger, produces 200 hp. And I, for approve of the styling, especially the front. Prices start at for the Value Edition with manual, $24,025 for the optional auto. Warranty 4-yrs, mi./5 yrs, 60,000 mi.

First Glance: Right at in the city of Boston

Before the 2006 Passat I’d to offer my impressions of Boston, this test was performed. having been, I learned a deal about this city. (What’s that, You want me to stick to the subject? time I tried that she got up and away.) (Ed. note: it was your aftershave? —

Actually the relationship between the and Boston is not as obscure as it might The city is about history, education. The Passat is a marque a history, a cultured appearance, and one seems to have been by educated wills. It would be at home in the Massachusetts Institute of parking lot.

I’m an of the previous Passat where, I VW got everything right. Now comes a with a longer wheelbase, more inches of length and a wider track, and 57% more rigidity. (Chassis designers that figure as it allows in suspension settings.) The interior is fresh, power options driving more pleasureable this tester, who still small is beautiful, anticipated.

German engineering, I’m to report, is alive and well in the new

Continued below.

In the Driver’s Totally at ease

2.0T are finished in brushed metal; 3.6 is in wood

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took pains in its presentation to us journalists aware of the Passat’s beginning with the Dasher and of the 70’s and 80’s. It was not wasted on me as driven them all and even an early 90’s model. So I settled into the driver’s of the 2006 Passat, I felt at home.

Personal history less important, I submit you, too, will at ease in the new Passat. Although our vehicle had most of the requisite and whistles, ergonomic design a familiarity that will few search-and-rescue skills from an pilot, though the Value insists its driver use a knurled to set the seatback angle, which led to an contretemps with co-driver Hoffman, who hates them vs. truly who loves them. He admitted that the wheels do precise settings, I confessed my enthusiasm is based on early and BMWs.

But those cars didn’t a key fob without keys: insert fob dash, push on circular engine starts or stops. The screen was one of the best ever with a voice-recognition system quickly set us back on track lost in Boston’s confusing and streets.

On the Road: Turbo is beyond impressive

To describe the Passat’s 2-liter turbocharged as impressive is an understatement. Rated at 200 hp 207 lb./ft. of torque at 1800 it hits 60 mph in 6.9 seconds with the manual, 7.4 seconds with the Tiptronic. Power delivery was in the automatic version we drove; it had a pleasant sound unlike 4-cylinder engines.

The fully-independent suspension (McPherson up front, multi-link in rear) safe, secure cornering but we that road rumble was audible on poor surfaces. A VW who joined us at dinner explained the inevitable compromise between and roadholding was prejudiced towards the in order to maintain a German tradition. I wouldn’t dispute his but some noise-sensitive North may.

Visibility is excellent, the wheel adjusts for height and instrumentation is easily read some digital figures. always featured responsive and the new model, even with an system, is no exception. That, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes brake assist and standard stabilisation system, combined to this mid-size sedan a fun car to drive.

Journey’s End: Passat’s at the top of list

2006 Volkswagen 2.0T: Looks good, great, what’s not to like?

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With a high-tech, car like the Passat, it isn’t to list all its attributes, which is why we you general impressions. And what me, aside from the driving were attributes like the rear seat; ease of deep pass-through trunk; 8 crash-active headrests; tire-pressure center armrest with storage; leatherette seating that feel like leather: all things most to the average driver.

Getting to those general impressions I have to say that I truly driving the new Passat. It looks from the outside, continues the VW for superior dashboard design and the nav is superb. If I were shopping for a of this size the Passat top my list. And now, getting to Boston, let me tell you about high-speed 1929 speedboat I in.

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