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By Warren Brown ,#32; the writer

For those of you who might at the idea of American Southerners a premium German contender in a now dominated by some of the world’s midsize sedans, consider many of the Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz rolling out of German and other plants are assembled by Turkish and African guest workers.

a global economy. The good of Chattanooga, through their of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, are to prove that they are the world’s best craftspeople. they are proving it without in the United Auto Workers which is one of the reasons that BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Kia have set up assembly plants in the But that’s another story.

The story here, labor-management aside, is that those are doing a mighty fine The front-wheel-drive 2012 Passat is the example of that truth.

from the outside: Exterior are clean yet muscular, exhibiting a of strength in restraint. Some might call the styling I prefer describing it as “rich,” considering the Passat’s attractive, horizontal front grille.

Sit It is hard to believe that is an “affordable” midsize sedan, the car in hand is the currently top-of-the-line SEL. (The caveat is the diesel-fueled TDI SEL Premium and the gasoline-fed V-6 SEL models will soon into the market. I will and report on those when are made available to me.)

For this column, I drove the 2.5 SEL Premium, the number referring to its in-line five-cylinder gasoline (170 horsepower, 177 foot-pounds of more on that later).

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The SEL has one of the most comfortable, richly ergonomically sensible interiors in the midsize sedan segment. The are trimmed in leather with of Dinamica, a high-quality, ecologically microfiber that looks and like suede. Dinamica is a of Italy’s Miko Design, a specializing in the development and use of recyclable for the car business and other industries. veneer and brushed-aluminum inserts add to the of richness. Bluetooth phone, and iPad connectivity is standard, the phone capable of being via steering-wheel controls.

Navigation and other infotainment are easily accessed through a screen sensibly placed at the top of a center console stack. It is a yet high-quality, rich-feel cabin

Back to those engine-performance The Passat SEL has a better launch than its rivals because it has torque the twisting power by the engine and sent, in this to the front drive wheels. The SEL checks in with 177 foot-pounds of compared with 162 foot-pounds for the Honda Accord EX, 170 for the Toyota XLE, 172 for the Ford Fusion SEL and 160 for the Chevrolet Malibu LTZ.

Three of those rivals more horsepower than the SEL the Honda Accord EX (190), the Camry (178) and the four-cylinder Fusion (178) but I’ve concluded that horsepower, speaks to the overall amount of an internal combustion engine can do, is a ruse designed to accommodate the bias that says the horsepower is more of it. The trouble is, by the you use all or most of the horsepower in driving a car or you’ve gone to jail, to the or to heaven or hell.


Torque speaks to something It’s the thing that you a good start and keeps you at a reasonable speed, feeling all the way. It is why many of us prefer the advanced diesel engines, generally produce more with 30 percent less consumption than their counterparts. I eagerly await a to drive the diesel-fueled Passat TDI SEL

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