An integrated 'brake disc wiper' is fitted to all Volkswagen Passats as standard. This system clears any water film on the brake discs that can build up from wet roads
The optional Lane Assist safety feature for Volkswagen Passat SE and Sport models, will prevent the car from drifting out of lane. It works by monitoring road markings with a camera located in either the rear-view mirror or rain sensor, and at speeds above 40mph the system will detect lane departure and will alert the driver with both audible and visual warnings. The system is deactivated when the indicators are switched on.
All Volkswagen Passats feature Automatic Distance Control (ADC), which is a radar based distance monitoring system. Radars located in the front bumper calculate the stopping distance between it and the car in front, if the distance between is shorter than the stopping distance required, the ADC firstly warns the driver with a visual and audible warning. Secondly, there is a brief braking pulse which will increase the distance at this point the Passat will be prepared for possible hard braking by the driver. If required, the ADC can slow to car to a complete halt.
An integrated 'brake disc wiper' is fitted to all Volkswagen Passats as standard. This system clears any water film on the brake discs that can build up from wet roads and could otherwise increase the braking distance required. The technology is automatic with the driver being oblivious to it.
When a factory tow bar is specified, the system will offer trailer stabilisation, or it can be activated by a Volkswagen Retailer when a Volkswagen-approved tow bar is fitted. This system is activated if yaw is detected, where the brakes will be applied to appropriate wheels in time with the yawing, in order to counteract the snaking motion and stabilise the vehicle and trailer.
Comfort and Refinement
The new Volkswagen Passat aims to be the quietest and most refined version to date. In order to achieve this, thicker glass has been used for the side windows, whilst a thin plastic film is sandwiched between two layers of glass which makes up the windscreen. The front bulkhead also has increased sound deadening. These revisions, along with the new refined engine have had a clear impact on the cabin; with engine noise only becoming apparent under heavy acceleration. Overall, the Volkswagen Passat's cabin is very quiet and road and wind noise are minimal.
Not only is the cabin quiet, but it is also very comfortable; whether you are driving, a front or rear passenger, you will be comfortable, with plenty of leg- and headroom for all concerned. For the driver of SE and Sport models, the seat can be adjusted with an electric six-way adjustment with lumbar support, while the front passenger seat offers height and lumbar adjustment. A new headrest can be adjusted vertically, for tilt and also horizontally in order to provide optimal protection. The driver's position allows for excellent all round vision at the same time as providing a comfortable position for long distance journeys. The interior can be specified with perforated 'Vienna' leather upholstery with climate seats (cost option), which are able to cool or warm the seats depending on the conditions. For rear passengers, the contoured seats offer great comfort with ample head- and legroom.
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|