Making driving on City roads a little bit bearable is the Volkwagen Passat. This luxury sedan is sure to be a hit with the corporate crowd. What works for it is the stylish looks, comfortable roomy interiors and the opulence it exudes. The Volkswagen Passat is the largest and most spacious car in the Volkswagen car line-up after the Volkswagen Phaeton. The first Passat came into existence in the year 1973 and since then it has also been called Dashar, Santana, Quantum, Magotan, Corsar and Carat in different markets.
The sixth generation Passat though huge, has a sleek and immaculate design. The car is pleasant to look at due to its elegant body composition and overall attention given to the design and quality. It still retains the simplicity all Volkswagen cars have been depicting till date. The front wide grille resembles that of the Volkswagen Phaeton. The circular lines of the headlamps on the older versions have been replaced by more fresh and crisp lines. The rear now flaunts stylish compact looking tail lamps but only the higher variants enjoy more premium features like projector with xenon headlamps, daytime running lamps, fog lamps, electrically adjustable sunroof and headlight washers. What's common is the body-coloured bumpers and ORVMs with turn indicators on them, alloy wheels and tubeless tyres.
On the inside it is full of plush and luxurious accessories and equipment that make the driving the car more pleasurable. And these numerous accessories are well put in place not compromising a bit on the interiors. The royal executive feel is maintained by the leather seat upholstery with rear seats bearing lumbar and thigh support. Leather has been generously used on the driver's armrest, rear armrests, front and rear adjustable headrests which are adjustable and on the steering wheel as well. The air-conditioner with heater comes with automatic climate control with rear AC vents. The Highline version only gets the keyless entry function and a starter button just next to the gear lever. The ashtray is absent in all variants. The instrument panel is pretty much the same indicating distance to empty, average fuel consumption, average speed, seat-belt warning, low fuel warning, door ajar warning and the analog clock.
Its entertainment console features an integrated 2Din music system with the CDplayer having mp3 music playback and six speakers. Again only the Comfortline and Highline variants get a touch screen with USB and Bluetooth compatibility. What's missing in all of the variants is the much needed GPS Navigation system.
The German automobile manufacturer has certainly paid attention to the safety features in the car. The Passat comes with Anti-lock Braking System with brake assist, electronic power steering with tilt and telescopic arrangement, electronic stability program, traction control system and rear parking sensors with camera. Remote central locking, child safety lock and engine immobiliser are a standard on all variants.
The Volkswagen Passat is powered by an four-cylinder 1968cc Common Rail Diesel Engine which produces 168bhp of power at 4200rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1750rpm. It comes mated to the dual-clutch design six-speed automatic transmission (known as DSG) which is more efficient than the conventional automatic transmission. This car has an ARAI fuel efficiency of 18.78kmpl. The car’s mechanical and body parts are rigid and well-designed making it more capable than its earlier versions. Volkswagen also offers a six-speed manual version in Trendline trim.
The Volkswagen Passat slots in the premium sedan segment to compete with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Teana and the Skoda Superb. While Japanese and Korean cars are all powered by petrol engines the Passat is one of the only two cars in the segment that comes with an efficient diesel mill.