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Volkswagen Passat sedan VI

Volkswagen Passat

What we

Raises the equipment and value for its segment

The engine choice: no a loser

Quietness, refinement,

Not so much

Anonymous styling

offset; tight, oversprung

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0

and Drivetrains: 4.0/5.0

Price, Practicality: 4.0/5.0

Safety:

Behind the wheel: 3.0/5.0

2.5/5.0

About our ratings

— New in ways set to rattle

Volkswagen’s midsized Passat has itself a name as the brand’s proposition: reliable, comfortable and More sensible than But through six generations over its lifespan, it has sold more 15 million units worldwide, so been doing something

The seventh generation Passat much of the tradition while its value-for-money, safety and fuel quotients. It’s not all-new. the company has done with VII what it did with Golf VI – enough on an existing platform to it ‘new’.

Technologically, this ups the ante in its sector, boosting its against competitors like the Mondeo, Honda’s Accord and the Skoda Superb (sister the skin to the old Passat) and the Mazda6.

its new sheet metal, it’s still more for the vicar the virile. But some smart new safety gear, along elements drawn from suite of BlueMotion ‘green’ will extend its attractions to pretty progressive vicars.

the strengths of both the Aussie and the competition in the midsize sector, has managed to bring a compelling to market with no change to pricing. Here, the Passat a fair stretch of ground, $38,990 for the base four-cylinder 118TSI sedan to $57,990 for the AWD V6 FSI wagon. The interesting new kit is divided the standard equipment and options

PRICE AND EQUIPMENT

—Same more car at every level

The has long covered a broad of terrain in its specification and pricing. without the now-discontinued R36 top-end it still does — under $40,000 to over

An entry point of $38,990 the last generation towards the end of the midsize segment, justifying it in and overall refinement. So a better more refined and greener new for the old price at each of its three levels is good news


All models get DSG transmission, front and parking beepers and a full-sized spare. All spec levels heated front seats leather upholstery, upgraded Vienna to the softer Nappa on the models. Bluetooth with streaming now comes standard, auxiliary and USB audio inputs. all controlled centrally through a colour touchscreen and through switching.

But it’s in safety this Passat breaks new It introduces a driver fatigue system standard across the and an extension to the optional adaptive control that uses its sensors to help drivers front-enders. More about later, but it is worth mentioning to Volkswagen’s credit, the standard package is uniform across the as are the options. All spec levels now come with fore-aft adjustment.

The new Passat maintains its spec breadth, starting at for the four-cylinder petrol 118TSI Wagon versions of each add a $2000 to the price of the sedan.

The 125TDI Highline turbodiesel is the seller. Starting at $43,990 for the it has accounted for more than 50 per of sales in the outgoing model.

the R36 gone, top spot in the range now to the V6 FSI Highline, starting at $55,990 for the But the R36 has not died in vain, with donation program transplanting its 3.6-litre V6 into the new car as standard giving it a handy power from 184 to 220kW.

The operation extended to the R36’s exhaust so you do without the growl. Nor (unfortunately) do you get the but with the DSG and the 4Motion AWD drivetrain still a confident and fairly performer.

Other equipment the V6 includes a wheel upgrade to over the 17s standard on the others, an and full electric front adjustable through 12 planes.

pricing will see many a tempted to dip into the options Adaptive cruise, new in circa-$40K is $2000, with the emergency system. There’s a driver and visibility package ($2900 on the $2600 on the Highline models) bi-xenons, LED daytime runners and clusters, front foglamps and cornering lights (separate, lights activated by the steering on turn-in).

There’s a camera-activated lane which is capable of applying corrective pressure on the steering and the wheel when things get enough.

Tick the box and $1300 an updated park assist with a rear-view camera. now able to negotiate parking lot as well as parallel spots, into tighter places multiple-point turning if necessary. All the controls is the braking. If you have it with the satnav. the price to $600 (satnav including camera $3000; with assist $3600).

MECHANICAL

get DSG and regenerative braking; V6 gets a transplant from R36

All Passats now get a DSG manual dual-clutch transmission – for the 118TSI and a hardier six-speed to with the extra torque of the and the V6.

Volkswagen has added components its BlueMotion suite of green All models now get brake energy while the 125TDI also auto stop-start. The result is the combined fuel economy ever for a Passat – 5.7L/100km from 6.5) with CO2 of 151g/km.

The 2.0-litre turbodiesel out a healthy 125kW at 4200rpm and between 1750-2500rpm, enough to it from 0-100km/h in 8.6 seconds wagons are a couple of points

The base 118TSI puts out at 5000rpm and 250Nm peak between from a low 1500-4500rpm. broad, low-hanging torque and a weight advantage are enough to the model an acceleration advantage the TDI – 0-100km/h in a respectable 8.5 seconds. fuel consumption is a creditable down from 7.7 in the car it supersedes. claims CO2 emissions of 168g/km.

in part to weight disadvantage of drive – at 1679kg, it’s 125kg heavier than the and nearly 200kg more the 118TSI – the 3.6-litre V6 FSI is noticeably at a combined 9.7L/100km, with a hike in emissions to 222g/100km. But marginally better than the 3.2 it – down from 10.0 and 243

The engine upgrade gives V6 a whole new value equation a hefty performance hike for no money. An extra 36kW (up 184 to 220) and 20Nm with a broader torque band 330Nm at 2750-3750rpm to 350 at 2400-5300rpm) 1.4 seconds off its 0-100km/h sprint 5.5 seconds, down from In fact, it’s a point on paper than the R36.

petrol engines need PULP.

The suspension – front struts and rear independent – carries over from the car it Switchable adaptive damping is standard in the V6 and a $1650 option in the cars.

The new Passat come the full panoply of electronic aids – stability control, assist and electronic brake-force The V6’s extra go is countered by ventilation on the rear wheels as as the front, where it’s for all.

PACKAGING

—Interior from CC

The new Passat benefits an interior update grafted from the style-oriented Passat CC. several years of Volkswagens black-on-black inside — the roof lining to the floormats the new vehicle’s off-white ceiling as a pleasant change. Indeed, the is light, airy and spacious, more than enough leg fornt and rear.

Bootspace is a 565 litres in the four cylinder and 603 in the wagons, expandable via the split-fold seats to 1731. Rear-end for the V6’s 4Motion drivetrain this to 541 litres for the sedan and 588 for the

Cabin storage is reasonable with decent door all round, a good sized box and a chilled glovebox.

Ergonomics are good, save for a pedal that I began to feel in my knee after a while.

As in any car equipped to the Passat’s level, the screen and the wheel give you a bit of switchgear to learn early on, but intuitive – new owners will have it licked.

The stalk-mounted cruise is quick and easy to with a clear readout the trip screen in the centre of the instrument binnacle. A minor however, is the analogue clock: angled upwards enough for its face to reflect the sky, it hard to read in daylight.

Excellent materials and trim throughout and give the base an upmarket feel befitting the models.

SAFETY

Volkswagen Passat sedan VI

—Eight and top-shelf driver aids Passat the jump

The Passat has a five-star Euro NCAP for some time. The new standard and safety features are designed to put a case to buyers in the face of competition.

All Passats now have airbags: front, curtain and front and rear. Front are now adjustable fore and aft, reduce the risk of whiplash.

The news in the new model lies in the detection system, standard the range. The system spends the 15 minutes of any journey assessing behaviour, then monitors points for evidence of driver or inattention – in steering behaviour, actions, even the telephony If it detects a lapse in concentration in an odd angle, pedal actions or acceleration, it alerts the driver a beeper and visuals in the instrument (a cup of coffee logo) suggesting time to Stop Revive

The adaptive cruise package – new to this market sector – ‘Front Assist’ and something Emergency Braking’. The systems use the radar sensors to detect a rear-ender ahead, first the brakes to alert the driver, priming them in anticipation of a stop. If things look ugly, it’s capable of over the business of pulling up.

it is a matter of simply pressing the or brake.

Taking a (another?) from Volvo’s safety Passat Highline models are with integrated child seats in the rear – an $850

COMPETITORS

—Redefining value in a segment

Even in base the Passat sits towards the echelons of each sub-sector in a crowded field.

The TDI presents a case against the Mazda6 and Liberty/Outback oilers, which less but come only in form. Ford’s Mondeo comes closest now it comes the PowerShift DCT standard.

The 118TSI up hard against its sister-under-the-skin, the Superb, which sits on the platform and costs the same. The doesn’t carry the same kit, but it’s roomier a more versatile rear end by of its hatch-cum-boot arrangement.

Other 118TSI competitors to the base 2.5-litre petrol Honda’s Accord and Euro, i45, the 2.3-litre petrol and Volvo’s new S60 and V60 range.

Upmarket, the V6 FSI’s strongest – or at least obvious – competitor is Subaru’s Liberty six.

Equipped up with USPs like the detection system and eight as standard, buyers who stump a per cent premium to dip into the options list can have a car toybox more akin to German or Lexus fare twice the price.

ON THE ROAD

Diesel’s the pick

Passat’s cabin is nice place to be, in city traffic and on the open The seats are comfortable, well with lumbar support and plenty of adjustment fore-aft and

The telescopic steering column it easy to find a comfortable driving position, but I could the pedal offset in my right after a while. I found the a bit hard-sprung and tight, too, but more something to get used to an obvious shortcoming.

All three cope easily with the of the car. The 118TSI is a lively off the mark for its relatively small With little lag and seven cogs at its disposal, it remains even under hard The automated manual DSG gearbox generally intuitive and compliant, for a couple of overenthusiastic downshifts on braking. That it offers a mode will be attractive to buyers.

The 125TDI is negligibly to 100km/h than the 118TSI, but midrange torque gives it bit more punch on once It’s strong, flexible and

All three models are well from engine, wind and noise, even on rough-chip The suspension engineers have a good balance out ride and Bumps are soaked up with but the car stays flat and composed corners. The V6’s 18-inch don’t come at any obvious in comfort over the 17-inchers of the

The electro-mechanically assisted rack-and-pinion the most engaging steering box on the but nor is it in the slightest bit unpleasant. The Golf GTI Volkswagen can do sports steering it wants to. Here, the steering the Passat’s more genteel

Mind you, for those who a bit of what-for, there’s enjoyment to be found in the upgraded V6. It’s quick – there aren’t cars that sprint to in 5.5 seconds this placidly. The system gives it loads of in hard cornering, even in the

There were moments and descending the steep, hairpinned on part of our drive program when it would have nice if the R36’s legacy had to the paddleshifts, but even in auto the DSG took what we threw it in its stride.

The adaptive damping a fair ambit, particularly on the side, where the distance Normal is more palpable on the Sport setting.

Asked to my pick, the choice isn’t The base model represents buying. Add the adaptive cruise and package and there isn’t car within cooee of it for $40K. The V6 the value mantle well, stacking up attractively against German compact sixes tens of thousands more.

But for me, the the one.

Road testing its I found it fast enough, frugal and a thoroughly pleasant day-to-day, in the city and on a three-day to Canberra. The new one solidifies this in every ways. Even in form with the adaptive it’s on the road for under Only just, but it’s standout value.

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