One of probably the most elegant large drives in the world, Volkswagen Passat has been hampering sales of other manufacturers for generations now and with the latest facelift, the supremely elegant Volkswagen Passat is all set to be a fierce competitor even for luxuries like BMW 3 Series and Mercedes Benz-C Class. First launched in the year 1973 this large sedan is currently entering its eigth generation since 2014 and is flaunting some good features alongside an improved exterior structure to attract its buyers. The features have been upgraded generations by generations in this 4-door 5-seater vehicle so that the buyers may experience more comfort and facilities during their drive. This vehicle comes with a 1.8-litre turbocharged powerful engine to deliver good power, acceleration and mileage.
Engine, Mileage & Variants:
Volkswagen Passat houses a powerful 1.8-litre 4 cylinder TSI turbocharged engine. This petrol drive delivers a peak power measuring 160 PS between 5000 and 6200 rpm alongside the peak torque measuring 250 Nm between 1500 and 4200 rpm. This engine also sports a very decent acceleration of 8.5 seconds with direct shift gearbox DSG reaching speeds of 100 km/hr. The top speed attained by Passat is 220 km/hr. Talking about the mileage, this Volkswagen sips 9.5 litres in urban areas, 5.5 litres in extra urban and 7.0 litres in combined areas on an average to cover a distance of 100 kms.
With the latest facelift, the German automakers have concentrated on the evolution aspect of a drive rather than revolutionizing it altogether, and that was the correct stance for a drive of such international stature. Volkswagen Passat flaunting lavish dimensions at its exterior with 4769 mm x 1820 mm x 1470 mm (L x W x H) and 2712 mm of wheelbase, the Volkswagen Passat has a lot more to offer to its buyers. Apart from a good looking dynamic structure, this sedan has front & rear fog lights, Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights and exterior mirrors which can be heated, folded and electrically adjusted for to provide clear visibility of the driving site. Rain sensors and park distance control are also employed in Passat for the convenience of the travelers. 17-inch alloy wheels of this property along with 235/45 R17 tires complement its exterior and keep a firm grip on road for a safe drive.
Stepping inside Passat, one can feel the luxury of this sedan with its 'Iridium printed' good looking inserts for trim panels, centre console, doors and dashboard. Comfortable 'Vienna' leather seats with additional facility of 12-way adjustable along with memory function for driver is also provided in this sedan. This vehicle also has a 2-zone temperature control 'Climatronic' air conditioner which keeps the cabin temperature appropriate for the occupants. Its cruise control enables the driver to cruise the vehicle at highways and on smooth terrains with much comfort. For the entertainment purpose, the Passat has Media-in, AUX and USB connectivity, Bluetooth and 6 CD change. 8 speakers employed in the vehicle complete its stereo system and deliver sound equally for all the passengers. A RCD 510 touchscreen is also embedded in this sedan for navigation and entertainment purpose. 485-litres of official boot space and petty storages in form of glove box and cup holders are also given to accommodate the luggage in this car.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous:
Coming on to the safety part, this Volkswagen vehicle has 2 front airbags and 2 side airbags for the protection of front passengers. This vehicle comes with 5 seat belts with height adjustment facility and belt pretensioners on front seat belts. There are Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist and Electronic Stability Control to stabilize the vehicle after application of emergency brakes on high speed. This sedan holds Euro NCAP 5-star rating for its safety features. For effective braking on all kind of pathways, this vehicle comes loaded with ventilated disc brakes at front wheels and solid disc brakes at rear wheels.
With the latest face-lift, Volkswagen Passat is well above its contemporary rivals in terms of design, cabin ergonomics, overall performance and even price tag. It has entered the likes of Benz C-Class and Audi A4 and is giving stiff competition to them as well. However for the driving enthusiasts, the car somehow misses out a bit on the handling aspect.