The price is right to own European car of the year.
Volkswagen’s updated Passat seems to be a million dollars. The longer and lower stance is more aggressive, wider and more angular.
It comes as a closed car, a conventional wagon or an offroad style track. Its super competitive price, starting at $ 34,990, puts it within the reach of Falcon and Commodore buyers – many of them will soon be looking for alternatives.
The 132TSI base version and the Comfortline upspec share a 1.8-liter and seven-speed automatic petrol engine, and the 140TDI Highway is a 2.0-liter diesel engine with six speeds.
The 132TSI comfort is $ 39,990 and the 140TDI Expressway is $ 45,990 before the optional packages.
Standard equipment includes nine airbags, satnav, three-zone climate control aircon and 6.5-inch touchscreen.
Comfortline adds leather upholstery, enhanced sports seats, fog lamps with fixed corner lights, keyless entry and push-button start. Safety equipment includes front assistance with city emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, side assistance, lane keeping assist and rear cross traffic alert.
Its eight-inch touchscreen is easier and has an Discover Pro infotainment upgrade.
The petrol version takes 17-inch alloys as standard and the 18s diesel engine. There are self-healing tires and a full size alloy spare.
Its longer wheelbase brings better dynamics and interior space, while the styling attracts admirable gazes.
Occupying a sweet spot, Comfortline is well worth over 5000 dollars if sold only again. The high-end Diesel diesel is quite steep.
It is worth noting that the smaller convertible Jetta, which is also $ 39,990 for the top variant, likes the same design and can also be a rival.
Back to town
The Volkswagen badge has a lot of buffers and the latest Passat fulfills its promise. Its longer wheelbase brings better dynamics and interior space, while the styling attracts admirable gazes.
Tragics badges may not be able to resist the Audi A4 involved – their loss.
Sliding behind the wheel for the first time and the sport seats feel big and smooth. Meathounds can catch their hips on entry – we have encountered something worse but it can be as confusing for the thriving people as it used to be.
The large blind spot warning lights take many conjectures away from the cuts and thrust of drivers in the city. Measuring about 5cm long, they are located on the inner edge of the outer mirror, giving a clear warning when there is danger.
In contrast, automatic shutdowns is still a royal pain. It slows down, right when you need it most, pulling into traffic where every second counts. You can turn it off, but you have to do it every time you start the car.
Front and rear parking sensors plus a large rear camera image make it easy to squeeze into the parking space.
On the road
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo engine is one of our favorites and it doesn’t use much juice. VW has tried to close the fuel consumption gap between petrol and diesel engines, to the point where you can consider the facts.
Lightweight and quiet, the 1.8 offers plenty of punch, especially in sport mode, helping the gearbox in lower gears.
The steering is accurate and the car sits securely on the road, rounded nicely when pushed enthusiastically.
On the other hand, Eco mode cuts about 500 rpm from the shift points, achieving higher ratios faster and with less throttle response.
A software update has helped address some of the dilemmas that the dual-clutch gearbox has previously shown on takeoff and in the face of the quick speed changes needed in city traffic.
There is a lot of impulse to overcome, precise steering and the car sits securely on the road, circling nicely when enthusiastically pushed.
However, on the open road, drivers will begin to lament the absence of rowers.
By reflex, the base Passat with fabric upholstery that we drove a few months back feels pragmatic. In contrast, Comfortline feels longing, which you will own.
Last year, Euro Euro car of the year and a candidate Carguide COTY (fourth reliable).
Some people call it a German car, nothing bad. Comfortable, spacious, economical and doesn’t cost a bomb.
What it has
Lots of wow factors and holistic desires. VW has taken an average-looking car and turned it into something special.
What it did not
Not missing much. Adding $ 5K to the Comfortline model pretty much covers everything but be careful to tick the option box.
VW sells more Golf than Passats in Australia but this model can change equations, especially at limited prices and services that offer some certainty.