• Efficient and punchy engines, interior quality, ride comfort, boot space
  • Price of optional features, conservative styling, questionable Park Assist system

OUR RATING
8 / 10



Volkswagen Passat Review
Volkswagen Passat Review

Models tested:

2011 Volkswagen Passat 118TSI sedan, 1.8-litre petrol, seven-speed DSG – $38,990

2011 Volkswagen Passat 125TDI wagon, 2.0-litre diesel, six-speed DSG – $45,990

Those familiar with the Super Bowl commercial will remember the new 2011 Volkswagen Passat as the ‘Baby Darth Vader car’.

But the refreshed premium mid-sizer from Germany is more about science than science fiction, with a number of new features making it safer, better equipped and more efficient than ever.

Volkswagen Passat Review
Volkswagen Passat Review
Volkswagen Passat Review
Volkswagen Passat Review

The last Passat carved out a 3.2 percent share of the medium vehicle segment in 2010, with 2603 sales across Australia. Like many Volkswagen products, it occupies that slightly awkward space in the market in-between price points, and consequently has been outsold by most of those around it.

The Honda Accord Euro, Hyundai i45, Mazda6 and Toyota Camry all start at around $30,000 and top out below $45,000, while at the other end of the spectrum, the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class all get started around $55,000.

The new Passat sits in the middle of the bargain-hunters and the badge snobs, with prices ranging from $38,990 to $57,990.

If those prices sound familiar, there’s a good reason: Volkswagen Australia has maintained the prices of the old model. The diesel engine still demands a $5000 premium over the base petrol, while the step up from the four-cylinder petrol to the V6 is a considerable $17,000. Wagon variants cost $2000 more than their equivalent sedans.

The value equation of the V6 is now much more tempting, however. Although Volkswagen has dropped the R36 model from the line-up, the range-topping V6 FSI Highline inherits the engine from the outgoing R36, resulting in a significant boost in power and torque from 184kW/330Nm to 220kW/350Nm. Power and torque figures for the other engines remain unchanged.

Despite this, every model is greener than before, with the standard fitment of brake energy recuperation the major factor behind the improvements.

The 118kW/250Nm turbocharged four-cylinder 118TSI petrol model now uses 7.2 litres/100km on the combined cycle (7.5 for the wagon) – down from 7.7 and 7.8 respectively. Emissions are also tidier at 168 and 176g/km CO2.

At 9.7 litres/100km (9.5 wagon), the V6 FSI Highline model is more efficient than both the old V6 Highline and the R36, which ranged between 10.0 and 10.7 litres/100km combined.

The pick of the bunch for fuel-conscious shoppers is the TDI125 Highline. Powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 125kW and 350Nm, both the sedan and wagon variants use just 5.7 litres/100km.

The diesel Passat is now equipped with stop-start technology, which shuts down the engine when stopped in traffic and restarts it when you take your foot off the brake.

The diesel’s shutdown and restart process is a little harsher than comparative petrol systems. Some find it a little unnerving and slow to react on take-off, and those people can deactivate it with a button near the gearstick.

The diesel model itself is a brilliant all-rounder. It has more power than the TSI, the same torque as the V6 FSI and smashes them both for efficiency. The torque doesn’t come on in a massive surge but rather in a more comfortable, progressive fashion. There is some slight turbo lag when you stamp on the throttle, but drivers familiar with diesel cars won’t be disappointed, and it’s unlikely to be the deal-breaker for first-time diesel shoppers either.

Both Highline models are equipped with a six-speed DSG (direct shift gearbox) while the 118TSI gets a seven-speed DSG. The six-speed didn’t miss a beat on our drive, while the seven-speed only hesitated once when shifting from first gear to second under solid acceleration. The DSG system was criticised early in its life for being indecisive, but avoiding the new Passat simply because of the transmission would be a big mistake.

Volkswagen has also fitted a selectable Auto Hold function to stop the manual-style rolling that some automatic drivers find off-putting in dual-clutch vehicles.

With many European vehicles today, the diesel model has become the standout in the range, but the 118TSI is a true alternative with plenty of punch and better than average fuel consumption. It accelerates from 0-100km/h just 0.1 seconds faster than the 125TDI – 8.5 seconds sedan, 8.7 wagon – but feels livelier and sounds sportier. Putting it into ‘S’ mode, you’ll find it hard to suppress a smile as the car revs 1000rpm more than you’re used to, making you feel like a bit of a racer without changing your driving style.

The all-wheel drive V6 model has loads of family sports car potential. The sedan accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds, making it just four-tenths slower than the dual-clutch Audi S4, which is more than double the price.

The brake pedal feel isn’t typical touchy Volkswagen and is easier to drive smoothly. Like other new models in Volkswagen’s range, the Passat’s brakes are tremendously progressive and confidence inspiring.

The ride is comfortable on average surfaces and you only start to get tossed around on coarse and bumpy sections of road. The steering has a light feel and keeps you busy in low-speed manoeuvres, but is extremely obedient and will go where you point it. Road noise is insignificant on freeways and only started to nag on C-grade roads around Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. There was next to no wind noise from the side mirrors or A-pillars.

The dimensions of the new Passat are almost identical to the old model, with a height increase of 20mm the most significant change.

The Passat looks somewhat skinny on the road and this impacts on the cabin width. That said, you certainly don’t feel cramped with four occupants, and taller adults won’t be troubled riding in the back.

The boot is cavernous. The sedan offers 565 litres (541 litres for the all-wheel drive V6), while the wagon provides 603 litres (588 litres) and 1731 litres (1716 litres) with the seats folded down. The sedan’s boot is not especially tall from floor to ceiling, although with a standard full-sized alloy spare it’s hard to be too critical.

Comfort levels are great. The base model now gets leather upholstery, while the Highline models get a classier Nappa finish. Standard cabin features include tinted windows, dual-zone climate control, 6.5-inch colour touchscreen with six-stack in-dash CD changer, SD card slot, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, iPod/USB/mini USB connectivity and eight speakers.

The interior is classic Volkswagen – clean and effective. There are a few more hard plastic surfaces than you would expect, although they don’t really take away from the overall quality feel of the cabin.

Safety is another strong point for the Passat, with eight airbags standard (dual front, side, curtain and rear side). Fatigue Detection is another new feature that analyses your driving style and gives warnings when your driving patterns show signs of tiredness.

The exterior is conservative, although the medium segment is hardly overflowing with flamboyant designs. All models get plenty of chrome in the grille, window surrounds and lower body panels as well as daytime driving lights (LEDs optional). The 118TSI and 125TDI sit on 17-inch alloys while the V6 gets 18s.

Over the 118TSI, the 125TDI Highline adds front fog lights, brushed aluminium interior inserts, chrome highlights and stainless steel scuff plates.

The V6 FSI Highline scores a vehicle alarm, left and right dual exhaust pipes, Adaptive Chassis Control, folding exterior mirrors and 12-way adjustable front seats with three driver memory settings.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Electric Brake is both a mouthful and a $2000 option. The adaptive cruise setting allows you to maintain your favoured distance from the vehicle in front, while Front Assist and City EB decrease your chance of a nose-to-tail crash.

The second-generation Park Assist system can now perform reverse perpendicular parks as well as reverse parallels, can locate spaces at greater vehicle speeds and can help you in and out of tighter spots. It’s still far from fail-safe, however, with one car on the launch day making contact with another when performing a 90-degree park. When combined with satellite navigation and a rear-view camera, Park Assist 2 is a $3600 option ($1300 on its own).

They’re expensive options. If you purchase a 118TSI sedan and add sat-nav and metallic paint ($700), it will be $42,690 before on-roads, which will push it beyond $45,000. Throw in Adaptive Cruise Control and Park Assist, and your well-optioned base model will be closer to $50,000 on the road.

The challenge for Volkswagen Australia will be convincing people to hit the middle ground between a Camry and a C-Class. If you’re in the market for a classy, composed and more than competent performer that will handle almost anything a family can throw at it while sipping less fuel than its similarly-priced competitors, the 2011 Volkswagen Passat is certainly worth a test drive.

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  • Suntory Time

    The Passat will always be Audi’s fugly cousin.

    • Octavian

      A more conservative design for a more conservative Europe. For some it’s a bit sombre, for others though it’s vernacular. Australia’s market will soon determine if a safer design is better than what others have dared to market.

      • Suntory Time

        Always HAS been “conservative”- that’s no problem.

        But purposefully engineered to be unattractive so as to fill a certain demographic & not cannibalise Audi sales is not cool.

      • Steve

        Passat CC drool…

  • nickdl

    Looks better than the old one, that’s not saying much though. Interior looks almost exactly the same. The sedan is horrible from the back, the wagon is much nicer. For that money I’d prefer a Mondeo or a Skoda Superb (wagon only – the Superb sedan is butt ugly as well).

    • Octavian

      Agreed, I think some sedans are just hideous compared to their wagon, or estate, form. The best example I can think of is the Peugeot 407.

    • dailydriver

      I totally disagree. The old model was elegant and unique. This has adopted a ubiquitous look and lost distinction.
      There is nothing classy about these looks. It’s VW’s Camry on the eyes.

      • nickdl

        I wouldn’t say the old model was elegant, but it was certainly more interesting to look at (in the same way that a Ssangyong is interesting to look at) than this dull new one. Audi manages to keep a family face and their cars look good but Volkswagen are not going about it in the right way. They are becoming the European Toyota with a lot of their models, just without the Toyota reliability…

        • BobS

          Couldn’t agree more.

        • Golfschwein

          I never considered my 18 month old Camry’s blown head gasket and lunched 3rd gear synchromesh reliable.

  • Roger Ramjet

    YUCK!! They have cheapened the Passat! The Skoda is looking like a good alternative!

  • Not VW

    “Superb wagon is butt ugly”, yeah so ugly that VW have copied the design in the Passat sedan?!

    That aside they are becoming far to complexed with options, the plus plus plus thing is becoming BMWish

    • Able

      Superb saloon* and even as a Skoda owner, I have no idea what they were thinking to A) Produce the Superb saloon with THAT styling and B) Produce this Passat so similar to it. Scary…

      • Golfschwein

        Here goes…I love the way the Superb sedan looks. I think Czech gangster’s car. If anything, it’s coolly awkward, a little like a 2 metre tall polka dot-attired teenager who unhesitatingly flashes a massive smile with braces.

        It knows what it is and is unapologetic, unlike some much better known and more popular cars who don’t understand that they’re ugly.

        • Able

          Each to their own and fair enough :)

  • Mark

    VW Australia price tag is unbelievable. Since our dollar value is this high, why can’t they cut some price or even match US price for us once!! Its only cost $20000 in north america , and nearly double the price for Australia , so unfair.
    I admit this is such an excellent vehicle , but compare to Toyota Holdon or even Mazda and Honda, passat ha such poor value ! No wonder they only capped a 4% maket shares, honestly can’t see any winning here

    • Octavian

      I agree, the price should be a few thousand less with more standard equipment. The sort of equipment most people want or need, like a full safety system on all models.

      • KD

        Ummm, it has full safety on all models.

        8 Airbags and a 5 star rating. Thats full safety.

      • tekkyy

        with the ORC essentially the same as luxury models of the market leaders Camry and Mazda 6
        VW should add more standard equipment or get out (drop $2K and fight the mid-spec battle)

        but standard leather, dual-zone climate control, and touch screen has improved the value a lot

        you no longer feel short changed the moment you sit in the $39K car

    • F1MotoGP

      Our dollar is up but not much against Euro 6.2% in 1 year. Against USD 16.8%. WHy prices higher than in US? We pay more tax on cars than our market is 1 mill compared to US 30Mill more discount with volume, shipping cost higher, we pay Luxury Car Tax, in US Mercedes sells only few models here much better range. (US no 4 cyl model), Surprisingly, relative to the US wages, we are paid more. The average yearly earnings in Australia for 2010 was $56,950. In the US, it was $46,326.

      • Jmaes Cortez

        Listen Bubba, think before you said. The average yearly earning in Australia only surpassed the US lately whereas the car prices downunder have always been much more expensive than in the US? The average yearly earning has very little, if any, impact on car prices. Go and educate yourself

    • zahmad

      Um, because they make them locally in the US….

    • KD

      You do realise that the American Passat and our model ARE NOT the same vehicle? The American model is cheapened and dumbed down, as well as built in America for dumb fat yanks.

      • MattW

        Spot on. Every review I’ve read of the US version writes it off as horrible

    • K

      No, US only gets their version of the Passat which is specifically designed for US and China. Aka NMS. So it is similar to the original, but cheaper to build.

  • Car Fanatic

    This is what I’ve been waiting for, the Highline wagon Diesel.

  • dailydriver

    “Volkswagen has also fitted a selectable Auto Hold function to stop the manual-style rolling that some automatic drivers find off-putting in dual-clutch vehicles.”

    This was in the old model!

  • dailydriver

    I’d steer well away from the 118TSI. Just google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
    The 125KW TDI is good apart from the painful turbo lag and slow acceleration to 30KM/H. It’s a case of playing catchup in fast moving traffic.
    The V6 4-Motion is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch for performance. It’s bang for buck would kill HSVs and FPVs. Straight line performance only slightly slower yet it would punish them in the curves.

    • KD

      The 118TSI in the Passat is not the same as the 118TSI in the Golf.

      Passat 118TSI is 1.8 Turbo

      Golf 118TSI is 1.4 Supercharged and Turbocharged

      • dailydriver

        Thanks for the clarification.
        This being the case, VW would do well to give it another label.
        The Golf 118TSI has horrendous reliability.

  • Rob

    The wagon looks reasonable but the sedan is really quite dull. A shame really as VW could have designed a sharp looking car like the Mazda 6 wagon.

  • kris

    with A$ nudging 1 US $, why are we paying almost double?

    • KD

      Let me repeat it for you:

      Our Passat is the European Passat, not the American Passat.
      They are different vehicles, the American being cheaper and produced in America for Americans. Not to mention the American model looks different.

  • KD

    Oh dear Caradvice!

    You say the Park Assist hit the vehicle behind, yet it is the drivers responsibility to control the vehicle acceleration and breaking whilst using the Park Assist system. So therefore if you didn’t sop the car in it hit another car it is your fault, not the park assist, which is simply steering the vehicle (did you not listen to the beeps of the parking sensors?)

    • Devil’s Advocate

      I guess if they hit the car behind, the driver already was responsible for breaking both their car and the parked car as well if they hit hard enough! I know there are a few instances where the driver would be responsible for the car breaking, but there are also times where they can just break regardless of how careful the driver is… ;-)

      • KD

        bahahahah

        I obviously mean ‘braking’. I should have checked a little more before posting :p

        • Devil’s Advocate

          :-)

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Tim Beissmann

      Hi KD

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Allow me to clear this up:

      I wasn’t behind the wheel when this happened. It was a Volkswagen Australia representative giving a demonstration of Park Assist 2. A number of people watching on commented on how close the cars looked, and then they had a slight touch when the rep inched back against the warning of the rear parking sensor beeps.

      The explanation for the touch from VW Aus on the day was that the system’s sensors were affected because people were walking around in front of the car. Surely you have to expect that in the real world people will be moving around when you are trying to park, however, hence my criticism of the Park Assist 2 system as not yet fail-safe.

      And yes, you are quite correct, Park Assist 2 is an ‘assist’ system, which means you are still in control and responsible for the car’s movements.

      Hope that clears things up.

      Thanks
      Tim

  • M

    A tidy make over, exterior looks good, interior needs more of an update…think I would lean Skoda Superb over Passat

  • GT3RS

    “The sedan accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds, making it just two-tenths slower than the $152,300 dual-clutch BMW M3 sedan.”

    Incorrect, the M3 sedan DCT accelerates to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Tim Beissmann

      Correct GT3RS.

      I had some old data. Story amended. Sorry about the mistake, and thanks for the tip.

      Cheers.

      • Steve

        6/10ths for 1/3 the price ain’t too shabby either!

  • mjm

    VW wants to overtake Toyota as the world biggest car maker. It seems that they think the way to do it is with the most conservatively styled vehiles possible. Seriously this may be well engineered, but its looks will cure insomnia in an instant.

    • Fenno

      So what you’re saying is that Toyota make well engineered
      AND good looking cars?

  • Bobo

    Very nice cars and good value but vw should really stop claiming these ridiculous acceleration figures, 5.5 secs 0-100, maybe if it was dropped from a cliff. I test drove a r36 wagon with intent on buying it but was disappointed with the performance and lack of manual gearbox, regardless of what magazines say, it cannot achieve better than 7 secs. I’d say a standard v6 aurion feels much faster…

    • KD

      Sounds like you didn’t use launch control ;-)

    • dailydriver

      Maybe you drove one that had fallen off a cliff?

  • Rob

    Has VW hired the subaru design team to come up with this? I mean there is nothing progressive about the styling, it makes the previous model look even more appealing….

  • QAZ

    Another boring and overpriced VW

  • http://www.vringer.com Geyser

    I’ve owned a V6 passat since 06 and done 135,000km. Everything about this car is good to above average, and they are a rational value vs luxury choice. My sedan does have an awkward 3/4 rear look, C pillar to rear guard and boot is too round, this has been addressed on the updated car, along with the “too much like an Audi” grill now giving way to the VW corporate look. Stylewise not a stunner, but then you won’t be embarrassed to drive one in ten years…. (AU Falcon drivers must hate themselves!)

    • http://internode.on.net Old Pete

      Agree Geyser. I haev owned a V6 Wagon since 06 and have found it to be an extremely good value for money car.
      Bobo, I have driven an Aurion … in comparison it feels cheap, slow and very dowdy.

  • Qikturbo

    I don’t really like the ‘nose’ job,it seems to have been designed as an after thought.

  • Lattitude

    The rear reminds me of the Skoda Superb….

  • Chris

    Front looks a bit Aurion-ish… Anyone with me? o_O

    • bangel

      Maybe you need to change your medication , i see no resemblance to any toyota

    • http://Telsa paulb

      It does look like an Aurion front Chris.After looking at the Scirocco yesterday i though maby Vw looks and style had turned the corner.But Passat is back to the old ugly VW

  • Nick K

    Wow a new Passat… Zzzzzzzzzz… Ugh, oh, sorry I dozed off, sums up the new Passat.

    • Ford Man

      This car makes Toyota’s look sporty. Too conservative even for conservatives.

  • Shak

    It may look a bit dull and boring in its overall styling, but then obviously VW wasnt targeting the FPV/HSV or Audi(C*ck) market. They know their target market well enough to know that most people who buy this will most likely be looking for good value(well not in our market at least), spaciousness, not ugly, but average looks and general solidity. And besides, Dullness doesn’t seem to be hurting the Big T that much now does it?

    • Ford Man

      When people start putting a premium brand like VW and Toyota in the same sentence, that is when you know you have a problem!

      This VW would look at home at a Toyota dealership next to the Borion and the Camservative.

      • Shak

        I cant help but agree with you. The fact that VW themselves want to be like Toyota is the even more distressing thing nowadays though.

      • bangel

        Correct not down at boggo road with the FORD junksters .

        This is why ford has trouble marketing its euro range because the educated among us perceive FORD australia product as working class down and dirty .

        Holden recognized that could not sell euro product for the same reason , they were smart enough to ditch euro and go cheap asia , and bingo sales success .

        Best thing ford can do is can the aussie range and go with the global product .

        • Ford Man

          You should tell that to Europe where the Focus and Fiesta are highly regarded.

          The fact is Australian consumers are not educated for the most part. The fact Holden sells its rebadged Daewoo’s is evidence of this.

          • bangel

            Exactly they are highly regarded in europe , its the tyre burning bogan image they created in OZ with the falcoon that turns people off the euro product .

            The market is driven by small and medium fuel miser cars , not large , so dump the falcoon .

          • Ford Man

            The Falcon has its place in the line up. People need the torque and RWD of it to tow boats and caravans.

  • UMWHAT

    yeah it is boring as hell, but i wouldn’t say ugly. and for some people that’s good enough to get from A to B

  • Numbat

    Wow,how could VW make the Passat uglier? I´d rather have a Citroen C5 tourer anyday.

    • K20A

      Agree. The Citroen C5 is a good looker. I’d have it if it were a company car and I don’t have to pay the maintenance bill :)

  • http://www.vringer.com geyser

    Pity, VW didnt update the engine choice as well. Audi’s supercharged 3 litre V6, and the 3 litre turbo diesel are both ideal for this car. I suppose if you want just a little bit more from your VW you have to ante up for an AUDI badge…..

    • KD

      That’s kind of the point of Audi. DUH

      • http://www.vringer.com geyser

        Not so KD
        As most people know, Audi/VW share lots of components, engines included! So it follows that these engines could be part of the VW line up, and in time they will filter down into the VW range.

  • Octavian

    I’m a VW owner myself and are quite conservative, but the new Audi A4 took some familiarisation, but I’m not sure with this. BMW 3 and 5 series are sporty conservatives, Passats are mostly just conservatives.

  • Octavian

    Remember there were many bland looking cars in the eighties. I think most people will get familiar with thus design rather than Subaru’s liberty mess.

  • Douglas

    I am glad I just bought a MY10 125TDI wagon. I have seen the look of the new Passat a few months back. And I have to say it really pushed me to buy the current model quickly.

    If you think of it the current Passat shape has lasted quite a number of years, and I, IMO thinks the shape is still holding well. As always to almost all car company if you look at it, if the current model they have has alot of round edges and curves to the car, they tend to make the next model with more sharp corners and straight lines. I.e. Honda (both) Accord, BMW 3, 5, 7 series, Toyota Aurion etc. This is so to give customer the feel and distinguish if from the previous model.

    But this new Passat look again IMO only the V6 wagon looks better front and back with those LEDs helping with the look. Interior..well….have VW changed anything…Nope…yes you could say VW have played around with the positioning of some buttons etc, but overall the design and configuration has very minimal change if any. THEN again look at the current world car industry….who has not done the same thing by releaseing the latest model with carry 95% of the interior or exterior to the new model. I.e. Lexus RX350/400, Subaru Forester.

    Anyway….is again the cost cutting of the whole car industry. Especially during the GFC is when alot of the car companies were developing new models and they could not afford to plunge alot of money on new model during that period hence the most economical way is to reuse and carry most of the design of the previous model to the next.

  • Time Keeper

    I think this car will really appeal to the watch making demographic of consumers.

    It has both an analog and digital cloc. Just in case one wasnt enough.

  • Octavian

    I’d rather be a well educated yuppie who appreciates good things rather than be a anger management bogan who doesn’t understand good taste.

    • Karl

      I’d rather buy a car based on the engineering merit of the vehicle, not some mindless stereotype.
      But hey, what ever works for you I guess….

  • TenFour

    CarAdvice; can we have a shootout review between this and the Skoda Superb?

    It’d be very interesting to see the two side-by-side

  • DeskDreaming

    Honey i just shrunk our Phaeton!!

    Looks like VW is following the old BWM cookie cutter styling manual.

  • Nick01

    The headlights look a lot like the ones on the Toyota Aurion…just my 2 cents.

    • Martin

      They look more like the Dodge Avengers headlights to me.

  • K20A

    Reminds me of the (ill-conceived) Avalon.. to this day remains the only car where the updated model (Mk2) is fuglier than the original version.. until now! This facelift to my eyes look less attractive than the car it replaces. The previous model was undoubtedly handsome. This looks like it can cure insomnia. Too much effort has been made to simply conform to the new ‘family face’. Unfortunately, the execution here is less successful than the Golf, Polo and Touareg. I wonder how could the revered Walter de Silva signed this off!

    As with some of the other readers here who have commented, I’d take the Superb if I were to choose between the two. Superb is neither handsome nor ugly, but it is interesting.

    • http://www.vringer.com geyser

      I hired an Avalon once, strangely it was a nicer drive than the equvalent Camry (my Co car at the time)
      The Avalon was an outdated Yank body foisted on the Aussie public, and targeted at conservative types and retirees!

  • idlebrain

    Hmm.. $38,990 for 118 kw…

    • JEKYL & HYDE

      try about 42-43k on road,with no extra’s…

  • Mick G

    Uhh that 118kw is enough to get the thing to 100km/h quicker than the 190kw Commodore. And while we’re at it the 220kw of the V6 is quicker than the 270kw SSV. You DO know that cars are driven on roads, rather than the pages of a magazine or website, right?

  • Peter G

    Dare i say it but I even prefer Bangle to boring.

  • Brian W

    I had been hoping for more comments on the quality control issues in the Passat. Anecdotally, the models leading up to this have had a poor reputation. I realise of course that a new model has had insufficient time for significant problems to emerge.

    • LB

      I have the 07 B6 sedan. Had no reliability problems.
      The new one though is bland as, so no upgrade from me.

  • paulb

    You have to give it to VW,there engine technology is very good.

  • http://kathytrask@netspace.net.au KathyT

    I love the simple, classy European design. I prefer the look of the sedan. Other new cars that try to be new and exciting just end up looking tacky.Simple,stylish,won’t date.

  • Mark

    What would be more reliably,this or the mondeo diesel.
    The mondeo is a better looking wagon in my opinion,but dont like the lack of a large lcd in the console.The euros get it with sat nav.

  • JOHN T.

    Geyser and Old Pete.
    I can’t decide between the 125tdi wagon, with sat/nav package and cruise c. with assist, and the 3.6fsi awd with no options. I’m not keen to go much over 60k.
    I suppose my simple question is, should I spend the extra $12,000 to get the V6 AWD?

    • http://www.vringer.com Geyser

      I’d go the 125tdi. Good everyday grunt, bags of torque right in the sweet spot. plus option up = more to enjoy. and although only fwd these cars have so much electronic assistance you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between fwd and awd.. in everyday use. (you might notice the lack at 140 kph in tight lefthander in puoring rain!)

  • Boony

    Opinions are funny things. I have owned subaru outbacks for years and have just bought a brand new passat v6 wagon. Hated the new sube but loved the new look of the passat and its awesome audi like interior compared to the sube.
    Call me what you like but for 2K more, i’m happy i don’t have to hide when someone sees me in a new outback!

  • andrew

    I have a PASSAT Y09 125 TDI Wagon that has proved to be a very good and reliable car–very economical–only Gripe is that the ride is too hard. Hope they have softened out the suspension in the new model! I see they have stuck with the low profile tires which do not help

  • Paula

    Volkswagen cannot supply a tow bar for a Passat!

  • Luke Brinsmead

    If the euro keeps going up against our dollor, expect better valued euro cars by the end of this year. Fingers crossed.

Volkswagen Passat Specs

118 TSI : 1.8L TURBO MPFI - 7 SP AUTO DIRECT SHIFT - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 4D SEDAN
Car Details
Make
VOLKSWAGEN
Model
PASSAT
Variant
118 TSI
Series
3C MY10 UPGRADE
Year
2011
Body Type
4D SEDAN
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
TURBO MPFI
Engine Size
1.8L
Cylinders
TURBO 4
Max. Torque
250Nm @  1500rpm
Max. Power
118kW @  4500rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
79.7W/kg
Bore & Stroke
82.5x84.1mm
Compression Ratio
9.6
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
7 SP AUTO DIRECT SHIFT
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
70
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.7L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1481
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1472mm
Length
4765mm
Width
1820mm
Ground Clearance
0mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1500  Unbrake:740
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.4
Front Rim Size
7.5x17
Rear Rim Size
7.5x17
Front Tyres
235/45 R17
Rear Tyres
235/45 R17
Wheel Base
2709
Front Track
1552
Rear Track
1551
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Power front seat Driver/memory, Power Sunroof
Control & Handling
Adaptive Damping Control, 18 Inch Alloy Wheels
Driver
Cruise Control Intelligent/Active, Satellite Navigation
Entertainment
Premium Sound System
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Metallic Paint
Interior
Wood Grain Trim
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
9-H-9
Country of Origin
GERMANY