Having already owned each of the other German makes with run-flat tyres, it was time for a change. In my opinion, run-flat tyres are unsuitable, both for Australia's poor suburban roads, and our long distances.
I originally went to have a look at the new VW Arteon, but ended up saving quite a bit of cash for the Passat instead, as they are very similar inside. I also discovered that a new Passat Comfortline with the Luxury Pack had all of the goodies, which would have cost many thousands more had I traded again to one of the other German brands.
Having owned the car for only a few months, I can't really comment on reliability issues yet. The engine is a pearler, with fuel economy around the claimed levels. I can't believe how comfortable the ride is, but then I've just come out of cars with run-flats and very tight suspension.
Plenty of interior space and seating comfort – including the seat massage function for the driver. I went for the white exterior colour, which contrasts well with the black sunroof.
All of the tech is very easy to use, and the instrumentation is classy. The sat-nav multi-function screen is a nice size, with impressive resolution.
I love how easily the auto brake-hold works compared to other cars I have owned.
I usually change over my cars before the warranty expires, but I may not do the same with this car considering that the dealer threw in a further two years on the warranty (taking it to five years).
I should further mention the VW dealership. We all know what it's like to go through the process of buying a new car. The negotiations can take hours and can be quite stressful for most people, with all of the backwards and forwards discussions, meet him, meet her etc. In buying the new Passat, I found the dealership team to be patient, helpful and courteous, and it was a pleasure to do business with them in nice new surroundings.
I love my Passat. It is my thirty-second car since I first got my driver's licence.
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