The latest VW Passat was released as a fresh new update of the 2006 generation. But the latest Passat doesn’t just aim to arrest the eyes through its new design. The vehicle’s brand new form boasts of equally impressive function: the thicker glass allows for a quieter cabin. There’s also the diesel models’ battery regeneration technology that include badged BlueMotion.
The Passat features several other changes that aim to make this new generation more competitive. Three petrol and diesel engines are offered with the latest vehicle. All of these feature forced-induction four pots and are transversely mounted. For diesel, you can opt for either a 1.6-litre at 138 bhp and 168bhp or a 2.0-litre that have the same torque. Both versions reduce engine vibrations via a brand new mounting system. The petrol engines are a 1.8-, 2.0-, and 1.-litre at 207bhp and 158bhp respectively. All models include a six-speed manual gearbox and optional DSG (except for the 1.6-litre engine). While the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines come with six-speed DSG and wet clutches, a seven-speed DSG that has dry clutches comes with the 1.4 and 1.8 petrol engines.
In terms of exterior, the latest Phaeton boasts of brand new wraparound rear lights and distinct crease lines that make the bonnet lower and wider in appearance. The windscreen sports an acoustic film within its glass layers for better refinement. Five layers have been included to give the screen a 4.46mm thickness. SE models and everything up have the benefit of a chrome trim along the window surrounds and the front splitter. All vehicles promise slimmer and sleeker looking door mirrors that emphasize such a design when you start using them. There’s also an automatic boot-opening function in the seventh generation, but can only be had in the saloon. The estate’s rear window, on the other hand, provides all around visibility for the driver.
The Passat performs smoothly and efficiently on motorway speeds. Expect to enjoy the whole ride thanks to supple suspension and light steering. Drivers can expect comfort as well with the adjustable steering wheel, seat, and optimum driving position. All seats are wide and large enough for the driver and passenger, with enough space for the driver to find the right angle and posture. The overall load capacity is just enough: the split-fold rear seat can be brought down to accommodate a large piece of luggage.
The downside to the Passat’s new design is the Passat’s interior. There’s no optional navigation system and the only single-colour LCD display is backlit by blue. Although there’s a screen found as well between the dials, it’s only a slight upgrade from where the interior disappoints.
Out of all the available engines, the DSG one disappoints the most. There’s some hesitance in the transmission, as there is no smoothness between junctions and the stop-start system. The system also has a slow response; expect the engine to cut out once it starts pulling away.
Your better bet is the 1.4 TSI that is not just refined and quiet, but also so flexible there’s less restraint even on such a small engine.
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