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Review: 2014 Volkswagen V6 SEL Premium

What happens you combine Teutonic engineering southern good ole’ boy In the automotive world, the result is the Passat.

Built in Chattanooga, the U.S.-market Passat represents the automaker’s first shot at its midsize sedan around the of American — rather European — buyers.

Now in the model year of its life does the Passat still what it takes to compete in one of the most competitive segments? us as we find out.

Not to be confused Europe’s B7 Passat — a relative of the last-gen model on these shores — the found in American showrooms is a sedan underpinned by VW Group’s New platform.

At least for the moment, the is offered with no less four engine options: at the end, a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter that is gradually being out in favor of a more efficient 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder; a 236 lb-ft of torque 2.0-liter four; and, as tested, a V6 with 280-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of

While the V6 comes exclusively a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic, desiring a chance to row it themselves can opt for the or 2.0-liter mills, which are with manual gearboxes.

The is composed of a MacPherson strut-style in front, with coil and dampers as well as an anti-roll At the rear is a multilink suspension a similar damper arrangement, with an anti-roll bar. An power-assisted rack and pinion system helps to point the

The Passat is available in five levels ranging from S model and stepping up to Wolfsburg, SE, and versions before stepping the threshold into the realm of the SEL.

Our SEL Premium tester chock full of all the items expected in a loaded midsizer. top-notch tunes was a Fender sound system, which is the of a collaboration between Panasonic and the who build the famous Stratocaster and Twin-Reverb amplifiers. A premium system and color touch joins the audio kit, although a bit simplistic in its graphics, was easy to operate. The entire is enabled for Bluetooth and SiriusXM and included the now ubiquitous iPhone kit at no additional charge, as it should be.

Also included is VW’s new connectivity service, which crash notification, roadside and stolen vehicle location Remote vehicle access and an POI service are included for Navi-equipped and can be operated in conjunction with a

What’s it up against?

The family-sedan segment features many players including the Mazda the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Honda Accord and the Nissan Just like the Passat, in cases, they can be ordered in a of configurations governed only by the of the buyer’s wallet.

How does it look?

A stylized design that blends a swoopy fastback, the Passat is by a three-blade grille with a 3D that gives depth to the end. Long and lean flanks help to extend an feeling to the sedan, as do the handsome Bristol wheels fitted to the SEL trim level.

Overall, the is characterized by a blend of understated and restrained Germanic elegance.

And on the

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Our Passat test vehicle comfortable front seats in leather and a suede-like material, power driver’s functions and passenger side operation. The is rather conservative in its execution, but feature some nicely faux wood trim spans from the right to side. Strictly business are the in the driver’s IP, but they do flank a screen that displays connectivity and audio information.

The rear seat is really this Passat truly displaying copious amounts of that would befit a wheelbase limousine. So large, it that a family of five be accommodated in the back seat and wells alone. Trunkside, for nearly 16-cubic feet of hauling space, along flip-forward 60:40 rear

But does it go?

Power from the V6 is some of the best seen in the enabling a zero-to-60 sprint in 6.4 The DSG dual-clutch transmission worked offering smooth shifts any appreciable balking during stomps on the skinny pedal. modest throttle inputs, on the hand, were rewarded a smooth flow of power had us going faster than we in mere moments. We especially the gearbox’s sport mode, holds onto gears for stronger acceleration and also an obedient manual mode doesn’t shift until so

The only shortcoming of the powertrain is that, at an EPA-estimated 22/28 mpg, trails most V6 and turbo-four upgrade engines.

Our loop found the Passat SEL from outside road except on the coarsest of road The electro-hydraulic steering offered feedback throughout the range of and despite the car’s overall still had us enthusiastically cutting at speed. The strut front end and rear suspension found a middle ground that was too firm, nor too soft.

As Goldilocks this one’s just

Volkswagen calls on Chattanooga to a family sedan for North and the result is a solid contender in the sedan marketplace. With a V6 among the engine choices, it right in the middle of its fiercely segment.

Although the Passat ultimately little new ground, it manages to get our flowing with smooth and taut handling from a package.

2014 Volkswagen V6 SEL Premium base price, As tested, $34,715.

Volkswagen Passat B7
Volkswagen Passat B7
Volkswagen Passat B7
Volkswagen Passat B7
Volkswagen Passat B7


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