The Volkswagen Passat can be specified with a keyless entry, start and exit system, which works by transmitting a signal when the door handle is touched.
The Park Assist technology is excellent, taking away all of the stress and pressure associated with town parking. It is worth noting that some practice is probably required in quiet situations first in order to familiar yourself with the system's nuances, as obviously it goes against everything you are used to when driving a car! However, once you are used to the sensation of letting go of the steering wheel and are familiar with getting the car into a suitable starting position, parking in town with a line of traffic behind you will be effortless. The system includes audible parking sensors - which will lower the stereo volume when activated - as well as an optical display via the Volkswagen Passat's audio system, which can also be specified to include a rear-view camera. When reversing, the system will highlight the car's steering direction with coloured lines, indicating the path the car will take.
The Volkswagen Passat can be specified with a keyless entry, start and exit system, which works by transmitting a signal when the door handle is touched. If authorised by the communication between the car and the key fob, the doors will be unlocked and the immobiliser and anti-theft system is deactivated, allowing the car to be started by a push of the button. The system will also check whether the key fob is inside the car, and if it is too far away, the engine cannot be started. This way, children can be let into the car, without the ability to start it,this is also true if you leave your keys on the roof of the car! For security, if no door is opened within 30 seconds, the doors will lock again.
Another feature of the Keyless Entry is an automatically opening tailgate. This way, the tailgate can be opened by sweeping your foot under the centre of the rear bumper. When detected in combination with the key in close proximity - in your pocket for example, the tailgate will be opened. This system is very helpful for situations such as when returning to the car with your hands full of shopping. Once open, you are presented with a well designed 485 litres of load space, complete with chrome load-lashing points to secure your luggage.
Safety and Security
As standard, all Volkswagen Passat's are fitted with six airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system), ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and WOKS (whiplash-optimised head restraints). As an option, a new City Emergency Braking function automatically applies the brakes at speeds below 18mph to prevent a collision, or if a collision is unavoidable, slows the vehicle as much as possible to minimise damage.
A fatigue detection system will monitor input from the driver, and if fatigue is detected, audible and visual warnings are emitted. This technology, which is an option on the Volkswagen Passat S model, and is standard on both the SE and Sport models, works by analysing the steering and driving behaviours of the driver for the first 15 minutes of the journey. After the initial analysing period, the system will evaluate signals including steering angle, use of pedals and transverse acceleration. If enough of a difference is detected, the system assumes a drop in concentration, and warns the driver. The audible warning lasts for five seconds, with a visual message appearing on the instrument cluster, recommending the driver takes a break. After fifteen minutes, if no break is taken, the warning is repeated.
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|