The D-segment in Malaysia have always been flooded with the common Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Volkswagen Passat have been the continental car of choice since Ford stop selling the Mondeo and Peugeot still waiting for the entrance of the new 508. We have the chance to try the highest spec Volkswagen Passat, the Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSi Highline. Let’s find out how well it drives.
The Volkswagen Passat is a car that doesn’t really stand out in the sea of cars on the road as the exterior has a hint of boringness to the looks of it, the Passat still a fairly modern and handsome looking car none the less. The LED headlights and taillights puts back in some sophistication to the look of the car by featuring a uniquely design daytime running lights that also have a touch of elegance to it. To complete the look of the Passat, Volkswagen fitted the Passat with 235/45 R18 tyres and 10-spoke rims that goes hand in hand with the car’s look.
Moving on to the interior, the Passat have plenty of components that are shared with the VW Golf as both cars are built on the same MQB platform developed by Volkswagen. The similar components are like the steering wheel, gear lever, instrument cluster, infotainment system, and climate controls. Even though on the surface the climate control look alike, the climate controls in the Passat have some difference in terms of operation, as it is a triple zone climate control unit where the rear passengers are able to control the temperature of the rear seats cooling.
The rear seats is the best place to be seated in the Passat. There are plenty of legroom and headroom in the rear seats, while seating 3 person abreast, there are still sufficient shoulder room for 3 person to feel comfortable. There is a rear blind to block the rear passengers from the scorching hot sun. The rear seats have the ability to fold down into 60:40 split folding, and will be able to increase the already humungous 586L boot capacity. To access the boot, you have the ability to open it with the logo, or swipe your leg under the rear bumper to open the powered boot.
Getting in to the driving seat, you can get very comfortable easily. There are plenty of adjustment to get you into a comfortable seating position and you can set it to the 2 memory setting function on the seat to your liking. Beside the memory seat button, there is a button to activate the massage function to keep the driver comfortable while driving regardless in traffic jams or long distance driving.
The dashboard of the Passat is a place that will keep the OCD in you happy. There is a huge AC vent lookalike grille that runs across the dashboard which link between the outer AC vent to the center AC vent, and in the middle you’ll get an elegant looking analogue clock which takes center stage on the dashboard. The dashboard is lined with soft touch materials and all the buttons are placed at where it should be, elegant yet ergonomical.
VW Passat do have a whole host of the standard safety equipment such as 6 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Hold Assist, Anti-Skid Regulator (ASR), Intelligent Crash Restrain System(ICRS), Engine Drag Torque Control, Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator, Electronic Differential System (XDS), Proactive Occupants Protection System, Driver Alert Assist, Automatic Post Collision Braking System, Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC), and 2 ISOFIX at the rear seats to ensure the drivers and the occupants safe in case of any emergencies.
The Passat that was provided us for us to test comes with a 2.0 inline 4 turbocharged engine that produces 220PS at 4,500 – 6,200 rpm and 350Nm at 1,500 – 4,400rpm mated to a 6 speed dual clutch (wet clutch) gearbox. This is the same engine that you can find in the Golf GTI, and the engine is very punchy and brings you up to traffic speed easily, paired to that quick and smooth shifting transmission, you can drive the car smoothly during your day to day driving. The engine do face the problem of engine downsizing, the fuel consumption increased tremendously when you’re driving the car spiritedly.
The Passat comes fitted with McPherson strut up front and multilink for the rear in the suspension department. The suspension is tune towards comfort base, and it soaks up road imperfections with ease. Going over bumps mid corners doesn’t unsettle the car at all, which allow you to take tidy lines when cornering on uneven roads. The electric power steering also provided confidence for the driver to push the car through the corners during spirited driving.
The 4 wheel disc brakes in the Passat have strong braking performance and perform very well when we’re taking the car through the b-roads of Malaysia. The Passat is a very comfortable car to be in as the car is very well insulated while cruising. To add on to the driving experience, there are Lane Assist that keeps the car within the line when driving, and when you’re not so good at parallel parking, the Passat is here to rescue you as the car has the Auto Parking system that helps you park the car.
Priced at RM196,492, the VW Passat is an executive lounge for the road as a D-segment sedan. The car is plenty powerful, safe and yet very comfortable to be in, which allows you to cover many miles without feeling tired. With the price that you pay, VW do give you 5 years unlimited mileage warranty, 5 years road side assistance, and 3 years free service. For colours, you can get the VW Passat with Deep Black, Pure White, Manganese Grey, Atlantic Blue, and this stunning Reflex Silver.