VW Passat Test Drive. Part three.
As I said before, I think the Passat is actually quite handsome in real life.
It does have an upscale feel and look. I know most people on this blog love to hate it.
But I realize this is for a different audience.
Maybe a more conservative one. This is basically for people who would consider a Camry.
Or can’t afford an Audi. This gives you a bit of Audi feel and look for the price of a Camry.
I also love to criticize boring designs. But I also realize that something like the Passat will age quite well. Like most previous generations Jettas.
Everything is big in the Passat. The back seat is one of the roomiest out there.
And so is the trunk. (And you can fold the back seats for even more space)
The back seat is actually comparable to the Impala and the Avalon. More so than the Malibu and Camry.
Which makes it quite a bargain if you are looking for sheer space.
(The well equipped SE starts at $26 280)
Car play worked perfectly. It is a pleasure to use and beats anything else I have tried.
Like I mentioned before, I really appreciated the nice detailing of the interior. There are many small nice touches everywhere.
And the trim used in the revised 2016 model is much nicer looking than before.
Small details that actually make a big difference.
The 1.8 Liter Turbo is, like most VW engines, a bit rough at first.
But it settles down quickly. Then it shows plenty of power. (The turbo really makes a difference.)
The 6 speed auto is fine. Although not the smoothest at low speed.
The steering is a bit too light around town. But firms up nicely in turns.
The ride is very smooth and quiet at all time.
Which does lead to a little bit of front end wallowing on the freeway.
The 1.8 Turbo Passat is rated at 25City/38HWY.
I observed 23/42.
With these numbers, I don’t think VW should even remotely try to bring the diesel back in the US.
In the Passat, the rating was 32/42. (Although I did get over 50HWY on the “Mega Polute” mode)
As I mentioned earlier, the Passat does have 2 personalities.
It is very quick and sporty on one hand, thanks to its turbo engine,
On the other hand, it is a very quiet and relaxed old fashion cruiser.With a rather light steering.
So I am not sure who the intended target is.
It is a bit soft to really feel like a true German car.
Although it does feel like a tank. With super solid doors.
Ata bit over $26 000, it is quite a bargain if you’re looking for full size room.
This would be a great Lyft/Uber car.
It drives great, and has that giant back seat.
For that price, the SE includes that great 6 speaker stereo, rear view camera, CarPlay, Sunroof, Leatherette (Vinyl), heated seats, power driver seat.
Which is really good.
My car had a $1095 LED package which looked great.
So this is quite a nice car for the price.
But I do understand that VW is currently in a state of turmoil.
Especially in the US.
It might be difficult for most people to even consider buying one of their models.
Which is too bad.
I hear reliability has improved quite a bit.
And this Passat I drove for a week was truly enjoyable.
Here is one last pic of a a nice detail. Why not…