Road dominance is achieved courtesy of a new front-end design with squared-off headlights and LED daytime running lights - Bi-Xenon headlights are an optional extra.
The public debut of the new Volkswagen Passat at the Paris Motor Show in 2010 was some 37 years after the first Volkswagen Passat went on sale. In its 37 years, more than 15 million vehicles have been sold across more than 100 markets across the world. That figure may give you some idea of how popular the Volkswagen Passat has been - and for that matter, still is.
Every panel - with the exception of the roof - and glass surface is new for the seventh generation Volkswagen Passat and is designed to bring it in-line with the 'Volkswagen design DNA', which sees the recognisable front-end design as seen across Volkswagen's range.
Road dominance is achieved courtesy of a new front-end design with squared-off headlights and LED daytime running lights - Bi-Xenon headlights are an optional extra. The body-coloured bumper features a chrome-highlighted air intake and integrated fog lights. Volkswagen Passat SE models and above are also equipped with chrome trim features on the front splitter and window surrounds.
Sharing a similar design to that of the Volkswagen Jetta and Phaeton, is a V-shaped bonnet, also adding to the dominance portrayed by the Passat. The side profile's sweeping line draws the eye from roof section to the rear of the car, where the wedge-like shape of the past is gone, replaced by a lighter, wider and lower rear. Rear light clusters now wrap around the rear haunches of the car and the bottom of the bumper now sports a chrome strip, centrally split by the rear number plate.
The interior sees new seats, door trim and accent materials, alongside a redesigned centre console and dashboard. The upper section of the dash has a new surface texture and chrome surrounds for the air vents. The centre console has been redesigned around driver ergonomics, with all controls within easy and intuitive reach. The upper level is crowned with an analogue clock, which looks a little like an afterthought for token luxury, under which are the infotainment systems and controls for the air conditioning or climate control systems, depending on specification.
S, SE and Sport make up the three trim levels for the Volkswagen Passat. The S model now includes an iPod interface and a leather multifunction steering wheel. For the SE level, an eight speaker digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity and new driver fatigue detection system are added, whilst the top of the range Sport trim level adds Volkswagen's RNS 315 touch screen Satellite Navigation system.
How It Drove - Performance
The diesel range for the Volkswagen Passat are now all badged with BlueMotion, a technology with battery regeneration and Stop/Start systems included as standard. As such, the entry-level 1.6 litre TDI 105 PS engine for example, achieves a combined fuel economy figure of 68.8 mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km. Across the range, direct injection petrol and diesel engines offer a power range between 105 to 170PS. The petrol range features a 1.4-litre 122 PS; a 1.8-litre 160 PS; and a 2.0-litre 210 PS. The three common rail diesels are a 1.6-litre with 105 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI available in either 140 or 170 PS outputs.
Volkswagen Passat Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volkswagen Passat SE 2.0 TDI 140|
|Colour||Island Grey metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||131 mph|
|Transmission||6 Speed DSG|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||62.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBC|
|Warranty||3 years / 60,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 27/06/11)||£23,590|