Review 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2 5 SE The Truth About Cars — Volkswagen Passat sedan VII

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Review: 2012 Volkswagen 2.5 SE

Volkswagen intends to become the largest auto maker. far more cars in the United would accomplish this Euro-spec cars haven’t doing the trick, as too few Americans been willing to pay the resulting prices. So VW engineered a new Jetta sedan and a new Passat midsize specifically for American tastes and Confident of the latter’s success, even constructed an all-new in Chattanooga, TN, to assemble it. Should the latest targets expect to be overtime? Today’s review the 2.5-liter five-cylinder gas Passat in SE while Wednesday’s will the 2.0-liter turbodiesel in SEL Premium

Apparently VW felt they biting off enough risk the new plant and the much higher volume needed to justify it, for the new exterior styling could not be safe. From the side the big resembles the first-generation Toyota itself tailored to the most slice of the American car market 1994. The front end, that of the new Jetta, does the sort of overstyled, oversized and grilles that have fashionable for the past half-decade. But it too far in the other direction, giving the handsome (in dark colors) an overly generic, “value” not unlike that of the 1997

The new Passat’s interior styling is conservative to a fault. The instrument upper and parts of the doors are to the touch, but because many of the surfaces and controls are composed of lower-grade materials the overall reeks of cost cutting. The control knobs, though to understand, feel especially As in other recent VWs, the (base of the windows) is fashionably But the pillars are thin by current and the windshield is comfortably raked, so the position is good if not commanding. The don’t have much in the way of and the typical American posterior find them short on Compared to recent VW practice, the seat lacks two adjustments: no and no height adjustment for the lumbar For some people none of will matter, for the new Passat’s has one literally large competitive limo-worthy legroom. Headroom is plentiful. If you’ve been trouble finding a sufficiently sedan, your search is you also want your passengers to be well-ventilated. Though zone automatic climate is standard in all 2012 Passats, air vents aren’t available. plenty of room for your as well, as the truck is large and the seat folds to expand it. VW thinks Americans care quantity more than even as Ford and Chevrolet a big shift in the opposite direction.

The 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged that powered the previous costs too much for the new car’s price point. Instead, the five-cylinder engine initially for the U.S.-market 2005.5 Jetta beneath the hood of the Passat While most definitely not the enthusiast’s choice (we want Europe gets), the five at midrange torque and sounds substantial than the typical Paired with a six-speed it has no trouble getting the car off the line or up to highway speeds. It helps the new 191.6-inch-long, 72.2-inch-wide sedan only 3,220 pounds, 100 fewer than the smaller, 2006-2010 Passat. The new Audi A6, only a little larger on the and less roomy on the inside, nearly a quarter-ton more.

The trip computer reported in suburban driving and high 30s a stretch of 70 MPH highway. Both seem optimistic. The EPA ratings for the 2.5 automatic: 22 city, 31 highway, as the 2010 2.0T.

Stripping the down to fighting weight pays dividends for handling. The 2.5 feels much smaller it actually is. The chassis and especially the have a direct, honest lacking in today’s cars, their relentless pursuit of Feedback is plentiful and nuanced it’s most needed, in The steering is a little light on but progressively firms up as the wheel is (many current systems too much new tech for their own do the opposite). As a result, though the 2.5’s limits are fairly low of unaggressive suspension tuning and ContiProContact tires, and front end be better damped in bumpy it’s easy and enjoyable to every bit of the car’s potential.

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Then, the flipside. Without the use of budget-busting lightweight steel and those missing pounds had to out of the body structure and sound Perhaps for this reason, the new sounds and feels insubstantial and compared to the emerging norm for the Mid-turn bumps elicited a from the driver’s door. assuming a defect with the car, the body structure less than rigid imperfect pavement. Build noise levels, and refinement are of a mid-pack car from a decade Thought a modestly insulated experience was disappearing forever the midsize sedan segment, for and not so good? Think again. quieter, more solid sound and feel more a reversal of the situation when the Passat shook up the industry.

The Passat starts at an attention-getting the mandatory $770 destination bumps it well over the $20,000 mark. Opt for the $1,100 transmission and the SE package (17-inch wheels, heated leatherette driver’s seat, leather-wrapped wheel, trip computer, radio, and a few other niceties), and the jumps to $25,595. No longer so but still $2,350 less the 2010 Passat (there was no But the 2010 included more most notably a standard foglights, and those no longer power seat adjustments. for these using TrueDelta’s car comparison tool and the MSRP shrinks to only $750. invoices and the feature-adjusted difference is than $200—VW has cut dealer So VW isn’t giving much here. They’ve increased the of the car, but downgraded materials and content, resulting in a wash (at Even with its lower the 2012 Passat still for $3,390 more than a Sonata GLS with Popular Package. Adjusting for feature cuts the difference to a still $2,900. The Koreans are admittedly Other competitors tend to be $1,500 of the Passat once differences are adjusted for.

Don’t care for upscale or insulation from the outside Just want a roomy car at a price? Then VW has developed a for you. But as much as I like to the road, the Passat sacrifices too refinement in pursuit of a low price and a low weight. The best current suggest that, with it is possible to have both involvement and passenger comfort. The new needs more such But, if strong sales of the new are any indication, it’ll sell regardless.

Vehicle provided by Dan Kelley, VW in Farmington Hills, MI, 248-741-7903

Karesh operates TrueDelta. an source of car reliability and pricing

Volkswagen Passat sedan VII

Volkswagen Passat sedan VII
Volkswagen Passat sedan VII

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