Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The seventh generation Passat arrived Down Under in April 2011. The Passat features straight and smooth lines that give the Passat a clean look. It's complemented by a high quality build and 'fit and finish'.
Not so good Although the front of the Passat is a stylish package, the rear design of the sedan is a little bland?
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The Passat stays true to Volkswagen’s school of thought on interior design with soft touch controls and cleverly backlit buttons which makes operation very user-friendly PLUS it's got the 'niceties' such as: one-touch ignition.
Not so good Rear legroom is a bit tight, but that makes way for the large boot capacity of 565 litres (541 on Passat V6), bigger than the Commodore sedan.
Performance

Performance

Good Volkswagen offer an impressive range of engines. Quantity does not replace quality, three engines in the Passat line-up feature a good mix of power and economy. The entry model 118 TSI features a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 118kW of power and 250Nm of torque while using 7.2-litres per 100km (combined). The V6 FSI with 4MOTION is a 3.6-litre six-cylinder petrol engine that produces 220kW of power and 350Nm of torque while using 9.7-litres per 100km (combined). Meanwhile the the most frugal of the bunch the 125 TDI is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 125kW of power and 350Nm of torque while using 5.7-litres per 100km (combined). All engines offer plenty of get-up-and-boogie when you need it. Not once did either engine feel like they were struggling for power.
Not so good The DSG can sometimes seem confused, usually at low speeds when it’s trying to find the most optimum gear for you...
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The 118 TSI & 125 TDI are front-wheel drive - but with the V6 FSI comes with 4MOTION All Wheel Drive, which gives excellent grip! The Passat's independent front and rear suspension accompanied with the impressive electro-mechanical power-assisted steering makes it a joy to drive on all roads. The Turbo Diesel has loads of torque to pull you out of a corner so there’s little delay in getting back up to speed. Although both feature firm suspension that stays quite flat during the corners - it’s surprisingly comfortable and will absorb the harshest of bumps with ease.
Not so good The Turbo Diesel is equipped with loads of torque that goes straight to the front wheels, so expect some torque steer under heavy acceleration.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good The Passat represents excellent value for money; the lists of standard luxuries are usually 'options' on the other German brands. The Passat is backed by Volkswagen’s 3-year/Unlimited kilometres warranty.
Not so good All models are great, so perhaps the only down fall is which model do I choose? Definitely a tough choice to make and one that will have to be made after a few test drives.