It was a foggy morning in Delhi, I was
behind the wheel of the swanky new Volkswagen Passat when a familiar song
echoed over the radio. It was the 'Winds of Change' by the Scorpions, a song I
grew up hearing. There was something about the lyrics of the song and the way
the new Passat drove that simply put me in a wonderful mood. But it was only
quite later that I realised this song was a perfect representation of the
Passat which offers a lot of luxury, comfort and convenience at a reasonable
4 cylinder, in-line, turbocharged diesel
Mc Pherson Strut with Antiroll Bar
L x W x H
X 1832mm X 1456mm
lakh (ex showroom Delhi)
The design of the Passat is not drop dead
gorgeous but yes it can definitely make heads turn and look again. Volkswagen
has given a modern and sophisticated twist to the design of the new Passat. Out
and out VW has followed a very safe design with minimal experimentation. That
being said, there are a few elements which do hint at a futuristic look. The
headlamp design for example, is quite bold and easily stands out in a crowd.
The Passat also features a prominent shoulder line which is characteristic of
the current design theme from VW. The side profile also features 10 spoke, 17
inch alloys which look smart and enhance the profile of this sedan. The LED
tail lamps go well with the overall design scheme but are not too exciting to
Volkswagen has added a dash of technology
on the exterior features. The sedan gets an automatic headlamp function as well
as rain sensing wipers. The passengers are also offered keyless entry and an
easy to open boot with a sensor based boot lid release function. We found this
system installed on the Volkswagen Passat to work efficiently every single
time. I cannot say the same for its competitors which offer the same feature. Another
feature which has been included on the Passat is a tyre pressure monitoring
system which proves to be quite handy.
If you liked the exterior design, then you
would definitely fall in love with the interiors. The cabin of the new Passat
comes with Nappa leather upholstery which complements the black colour theme
inside. The dash sports wood finish inserts and also gets an analogue clock
adding a touch of class to the overall theme. The centre floor console, dash
and steering also feature a piano black finish which does look good but is
prone to fingerprints and dust.
The seating is incredibly comfy in the
Passat and to add to the comfort is the provision of heated front seats which
are also electrically adjustable. The driver seat also gets a memory function
and a massage function as well. Another handy feature which has been
incorporated on the Passat is a three zone automatic climate control setup with
rear ac vents. VW has also incorporated a push button start/ stop function,
electrically adjustable and retractable ORVMs, voice commands, cruise control,
rear view camera with 360 degree viewing angle and an electrically operated
roll up sunshade.
The new Volkswagen Passat comes with Park
Assist - Hands Free Parking. We extensively tested out the system to conclude
that it does do its job decently well but the driver will definitely need some
getting used to it. The overall comfort inside the cabin is quite good and the
ambience boasts of a premium and luxurious feel. Rear seat occupants also get a
clear view of the road ahead and a roomy feeling inside the cabin is enhanced
with the addition of a sunroof.
and Performance of the Volkswagen Passat
At the heart of the Passat is a 2.0L 4
cylinder turbo diesel unit. This diesel mill churns out a blistering 350Nm of
torque that makes the drive very spirited. The engine produces its peak torque
low in the band from 1500rpm ranging up to 3500rpm. If you are ambling around
in the city the ride is rather smooth thanks to the 6-speed automatic DSG
gearbox but put your foot down on the accelerator and the heady dose of torque
will surely thrill you. The engine has been tuned to produce 174hp which ranges
from 3600rpm to 4000rpm. The Passat renders a very spirited and fun drive. It
can be sporty on highways and VW has catered to various drive modes, simply to
enhance the driving feel this saloon has to offer.
The suspension setup on the Passat is a bit
stiffer than I would have liked but does the job decently well. It also renders
ample of control at high speeds and takes care of most undulations with ease.
The braking setup is facilitated by disc brakes on all wheels and the
progressive braking will surely inspire confidence in you. The turning radius
of the Passat is short and it is quite easy to maneuver, even in city traffic.
The sedan comes with multiple sensors and a very accurate map of distances from
other vehicles, however the acoustic warning system can get a bit annoying
after a while. On the safety front the Passat offers customers 9 airbags, hill
start assist, electronic stability control, ABS, ASR and EDL.
The overall package that Volkswagen is
offering in the new Passat is quite enticing to me as a buyer. At a price point
of close to Rs. 33 lakh one does get a lot comfort, convenience, performance,
luxury and utility in a single platform. For us the Volkswagen Passat is
definitely a must buy in this segment and should soon usher in the winds of
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