2008 Volkswagen Passat review |CarAdvice

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2008 Volkswagen Passat

2008 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Estate Review


2008 Volkswagen 2.0TDI Sedan Estate . 6-speed DSG, 2.0-litre $44,990 #8211; $46,990

Performance, Quality Fit Feel,

Reverse Gear, Basic Torque Steer.


– by Matt Brogan Fallah

Alborz #8211; getting myself to Volkswagen I was a little pessimistic about the #8220;Not a Paassaaat#8230;#8221; I said to in that 8-year old tone-of-voice suited to words like or #8220;vegetables#8221;.

One thing automotive don#8217;t like to admit all often is that in this day and it#8217;s quite rare to hate a car, yes the Proton and the Colt Cabriolet made me with rage, but I didn#8217;t them, I just wished would go away and drown in the river.

For some reason I was bad things from Volkswagen#8217;s car and to make matters worse, it was a so it was instantly going to be boring, gutless and people would I was married with 3 kids.

picking up the Passat meant back the keys to a car which just fallen in-love the Volkswagen EOS (expect a review on shortly). Alas, I sat in the Passat, back towards the EOS for the last and with a loud sigh, I on the diesel motor.

When say first impressions count, don#8217;t lie.

The most problem with the Passat is that it#8217;s just too and while you may think that is a thing, I don#8217;t, because it I can#8217;t go on and on about how utterly it is to drive a noisy diesel.

At one I sat on the side of the road playing all the controls (which look the same as the Jetta and EOS) to find a fault #8211; I then spent an entire driving it as hard as legally I even swore at it in German to it angry, but that didn#8217;t either.

I really didn#8217;t to like the Passat as I thought would be a sure sign I am getting old, but there is so to dislike. It#8217;s smooth, beautiful, economical and practical, and if expecting me to say it has no soul, it has that too if it is German).

Although not a performance car at heart for the R36), being a VW means no slouch either. As with all that come through the office, the Passat was taken the Mt Glorious driving range to out if it has any sporting credentials.

There is more entertaining than Japanese performance cars over so a diesel Passat can and pass it did. But how? It has 125kW of power and goes 0-100km/h in 8.6 seconds (sedan)!

The figure that potential need to consider is the 350Nm of which allows for excellent acceleration from low revs.

All torque is sorted through a DSG gearbox which, as always, silky smooth gear-shifts. The 2.0-litre engine redlines at 4,500 RPM, so under acceleration gear-changes come and fast.

Going around Mt for the third time, a few things obvious. Firstly, the Passat is no German family car, it does have some

Around twisty corners is noticeable body-roll (as you can see from the above) but unless it#8217;s to the extreme, it#8217;s compliant and well behaved.

Torque is a word I hate writing, but the has forced my hand. Power out of a corner and the steering wheel remind you that you#8217;re, all, just in a front-wheel 2.0-litre turbodiesel.

Nonetheless the performed the Mt Glorious run exceptionally #8211; and it wasn#8217;t due to the ESP, as was turned off for the final run.

If you a proper performance-orientated Passat, you either wait for the R36 or go for the 3.2-litre V6 FSI the R32 engine). But what you get with the model is a saving of $12,000 and fuel economy.

Matt While Alborz was still around Mt Glorious (we think he lost and doesn#8217;t know how to get so he keeps going around and I was taking a different approach.

page#8230; One of the many things the do well is building motor Their long history in precise and no nonsense engineering them apart from so of the world’s leading marques, I just how many cars do you see days being hailed as designed’.

The net benefits to us of course are safe, quality products for a sensible – well at least as far as Volkswagen is and the new Passat is testament to that

My test model, the middle of the 2.0TDI Estate (wagon), an elegant, stylish and modern which although classy to be distinguished from the masses, is enough not to attract thumb glances from those types.

It’s a well vehicle, even down to the details so often looked in mass produced vehicles.The for example have that solid feel on closing, and solid linkage hinges, stay open at one of the three clicks rather than back against your leg in a breeze. The driver’s door boasts an umbrella holder.

there’s those little which although common on many lesser brands days, actually work the way expect instead of being rate attempts at cashing in on else’s title.

Take for the Climate Control. I can’t to think how many cars jumped in which claim to climate control only to be with an automatic fan #8211; The VW however has a true dual climate set up which when to a temperature will maintain it until otherwise instructed, no out when it can’t be bothered any

It also comes up to temperature fast and with little or noise.

One reason behind is that the monitoring of such by the on-board computer is done so that there’s little for error. Take the cruise as another example. I locked the on 100 through some demanding up and hilled sections of road and not did it over-run or lag, even needing to slow down steeper declines.

This is the way it be – no nonsense.

Passat is also a quiet car. There’s to no air noise and no road noise to of. Part of the reason for this is the of the sill panel.

It flares slightly outward to under body noise through the door skins and windows. Although the upshot of is a far quieter cabin, the down is you will end up with dust on the of your trousers when you out.

Next page#8230; usual run of options quite from a mid-$45K vehicle are of there with fast one touch power windows, power mirrors, at speed central locking, electric ($750 option on Estate), (front only) leather climate, cruise, full computer, auto lights, wipers, bluetooth, six stack CD and memory seats with 3 and electric lumbar support.

The is comfortable without compromise. comfy cars usually end up so that on the first corner visiting the passengers lap. on a first date but hardly I’d like to live with day to

The Passat is different. It’s to suit any position you could for whilst still offering a of support needed at the cornering this car is capable of.

Now I bet I can imagine thoughts right here, did he say speeds? This is after all a wagon is it not? Well, I if you look at it that way, sure, it’s a wagon, but this thing in to a corner and the of grip offered is remarkable.

and again through corner corner the Passat sits and steady offering just the hint of body roll at limits. The handling is superb for a large FWD wagon, the Pirelli are brilliant, quiet and effortless in approach to sharp or sweeping

The braking offered is again reassuring, flat and progressive. The feel is so well weighted in of feedback that stopping no “sit back” is achieved very little adjustment on the behalf. There’s very need to adjust your pressure on stopping to ensure a stop, even under braking.

The ABS is very well set up for a car of size and even on loose roads found its footing quickly.

Drive by wire throttle pedals car be a little to the uninitiated. Think of it as a foot speed control lever purely an engine rev pedal. On cars the amount of throttle required gradually lessens as increases as the engine needs revs when gearing shorter.

With the drive by wire the amount of input required is no matter which speed, means simply that if you a certain distance the amount of gained will be quantitative to input, regardless of speed. hard to explain, but drive one for a and you’ll wonder why it’s not commonplace.

When you realize the powering this vehicle is sophisticated by comparison to your wagon, you appreciate the need for little technologies. The 2.0-litre TDI may rather tame on paper, but some clever technology and the DSG gearbox the amount of power to the front wheels is really impressive.

A seemingly meek may not have the appeal first by number hungry consumers, but stock of the 350Nm offered and the geometry turbo used to that power through the controlled six speed DSG box and things to take an interesting turn.

page#8230; Performance mayn’t be a associated with your wagon, but then again, is far from average. It manages the run in 8.8 seconds which although seem much, certainly quick in a large wagon and is given the fact that all it’s a two-litre oiler the bonnet.

There#8217;s a brief lag till about 30km/h, a big surge to 80km/h. After the pull is steady but linear to about 180km/h and then on to a top of 227km/h a little more

There is a little torque under heavy acceleration but quite manageable and is very sorted by the switchable ESP without intrusive or overly controlling. The ESP is appropriate in its control over driving in that it won’t until you’ve really a mess of things, which I say takes quite a bit.

You have to be a very sloppy incredibly distracted, or find in a very sudden evasive before the ESP light comes on. Yet indicator of a well set up vehicle a great chassis to maintain dynamics instead of relying on the ESP to bail you out.

Fuel economy is tremendous, highway cycle returning 4.3 / 100km when cruising at (cruise on / climate on / ambient 26degs) and around town 8.1 litres/ 100. On average came to 6.2 litres to 100km, a litre under the ADR 81/00 of 6.7.

I almost got to the magic limit from the 70 litre falling slightly short at I put this down mainly to the fun had the turbo surge from

Back to the DSG box. It has gained a lot of from critics, including and in fairness, I fell in love this box in the Golf GTi, but on the TDI, it does seem to a little.

I can’t put my finger on it, I’m not whether it is confused by the turbo (which is rather evident til 30km/h) or whether the strong torque takes some but either way there is a certain gap anything happens when from stand still, in reverse. When reversing, uphill, it feels like not grabbing or like the park is applied. Strange.

Once on the move though it is reasonably with the strange exception it will appear to hold or second coming in to roundabouts and the before briefly selecting or first then back first or second ever so with seemingly no change in pressure. It’s very and you do have to be on your guard to it, but it does happen nonetheless.

I’m still a fan. It’s a box once your moving, for knocking down a few cogs for maintains even torque out of corners impeccably well and in mode really sharpens the to harness even more of the torque curve down the hoops.

Next page#8230; back briefly to the park it’s another one of those marvels a lot of manufacturers seem to be with these days. are floor mounted, dash, right of the seat… Passat is a button, toggled when you pressure to the brake pedal and a servo which locks the callipers. It’s kinda very simple to use, and up some consul space for nice big drink holders, and extra storage.

Storage abounds in Passat. are two trays under the centre vents to pop your phone in, a holder above your knee, deep cavernous big door buckets, the umbrella in the door (sorry I know mentioned it before but I think cool), chilled glove box separate storage above for the manual, and a large cargo with separate side retractable cargo cover, up privacy shield and under spare wheel storage for the full size alloy wheel.

The interior lay out is very overall, and there’s a clear within the design to use a mix of materials in areas to not only improve the feel of the cabin, but to lend a pleasing aesthetic tone to the space, giving the illusion the cabin is actually larger it appears.

Dull black further in to the lower parts of the and again up toward the windscreen the feeling that this is rather larger than it is, and through your peripheral almost appears to not exists. pleasant, subtle and puts emphasis on those things you be more focused on, like on the windscreen.

When you do tilt you downward, the classy red backlit circular instrument pods an instant and concise read out the centre display contains audio and trip computer all interchangeable by a four button located on the steering wheel your right thumb. The side controls Bluetooth, volume and mute functions, as as other audio features, radio and CD.

As you may know notice, the has made an impression on us that soon be forgotten, and really a benchmark to which other should be meeting. From lovely, quiet, flowing to it’s raft of features and comfortable ride it really is a wagon you’d be more happy to show off to your Why test the rest when you can the best.

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