For the Volkswagen Passat, the standard fit stereo is the RCD 310 radio with MP3 compatible CD player, eight speakers and an auxiliary input socket which allows connection for 3.5mm media players.
As standard, the Volkswagen Passat S and SE have a Climatic air conditioning system - which also cools the glovebox. This system can be upgraded to the 2Zone electronic climate control system which is standard on the Sport trim. As the name suggests, there are two zones which are for temperature, one for the driver and one for the front passenger. Volkswagen tells us this system is accurate to one degree, and whilst we couldn't test it that specifically, it definitely works well. A nice touch is that when reversing or using the washer jets, the system will automatically shut out external air, avoiding the smell of exhaust or washer fluid from being able to entering the cabin.
For the Volkswagen Passat, the standard fit stereo is the RCD 310 radio with MP3 compatible CD player, eight speakers and an auxiliary input socket which allows connection for 3.5mm media players. Two upgrades are available, in the form of the RNS 315 5 inch touch screen navigation system and the RNS 510 6.5inch touch screen satellite navigation with integrated voice control.
The RNS 315's 5 inch touch screen offers control and operation of the entertainment and satellite navigation menus. The navigation maps are provided via CD, and the system also offers MP3 compatibility via an SD card. The system makes use of a solid state magnetic compass under the roof and a three-way roof aerial for radio and GPS. Rear ABS wheel sensors are used to calculate the distance the car has covered and provide turning information.
The RNS 510 provides a larger 6.5 inch screen and also includes the ability to control the satellite navigation, CD and radio functions via voice commands. The system also comes with a 30gb hard drive which can be used to store music files downloaded from an SD card via the card reader integrated into the front of the unit. The hard drive can also be used to store routes, which can be recorded and then re-traced by following guidance provided by the stored waypoints.
If required, the Volkswagen Passat is available with preparation for Bluetooth HFP (Hands Free Profile) enabled telephones. This works by integrating your mobile phone into the vehicle's systems without the need to remove the phone from your pocket. The phone's in-car functions are dealt with by a installing a fixed telephone installation which will download data from the phone's SIM card. The telephone can then be controlled using a separate keyboard, an optional multifunction steering wheel or by voice command.
- Audi A4
- BMW 3 Series
- Ford Mondeo
- Honda Accord
- Lexus IS
- Mercedes Benz C-Class
- Vauxhall Insignia
- Volvo S60
What We Liked
- Performance & Ride and Handling
- Exterior Design
- Park Assist system
- Cabin Comfort
What We Disliked
- Some safety equipment available as an option
- Bland interior
- Analogue clock
What We'd Like to See
- All safety features included as standard across the range
In conclusion we enjoyed our time with the new Volkswagen Passat, it is packed with new features and technology which will appeal to both the private and fleet buyer but overall it is more of a facelift than an all-new car.
Personally, we would opt for the 2.0-litre 210 PS with DSG. However, for the best power / economy balance consider the 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS.27 June 2011
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|