2012 Volkswagen Passat |MotorWeek

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Episode 3041

In the highly mid-size family sedan the Volkswagen Passat has always a fun-to-drive choice. But, its and too-big-price have kept more in the enthusiast realm, so than in the mainstream. But for 2012, is looking to change that a bigger, less expensive that’s got Camry and Accord in its sights.

Volkswagen is on a mission to increase American sales. Its is better formula has worked for the as sales are up 40 percent. But in order to see increases in 2012 Passat Volkswagen thought it was not only to build a specific North version, but to actually build it in the U.S. at a brand new plant in Tennessee.

The all-new U.S.-built Passat is bigger. Its 110.4-inch wheelbase is 4 inches longer, and virtually all of goes into the rear That gives Passat, like the Jetta, best-in-class leg room. This expansion allows for a huge trunk holds 15.9-cubic feet of that’s over 1-cubic more than the Honda

And rear seat backs 60/40 to accommodate long and items.

In the front cabin, the has maintained its classic VW sporting But here, too much room is not an and seats are incredibly comfortable. are large and deeply hooded VW’s expected centralized display.

The upgraded audio comes courtesy of Fender. that Fender, of guitar amp and fame. The sound is as huge as you expect, and is tuned to provide a feel with more coming from in front of you behind.

Interior materials are all soft and have a pleasing appearance. SEL trim has a liberal amount of trim spread about, as a mounted analog clock conveys luxury intentions. button start, leather and heated seats are standard on as is a 30-gig hard drive system with a 6-and-a-half high-res touch-screen display.

The new standard engine is VW’s 2.5-liter inline-5, here 170-horsepower and 177-lb.ft of torque. A VR6 is available. But our choice for everyday is the 2.0-liter TDI turbo diesel.

It rates only 140 horsepower, but an impressive 236 lb.-ft. of torque.

a standard automatic, the TDI handily the 2.5’s Government Fuel Ratings. The TDI scores with 31 and 43 MPG’s on the highway, which is than most hybrids. But importantly to us, the TDI is a joy to drive. Factory is estimated at a respectable 9.3 seconds. the Jetta TDI, it is 50-state

But unlike the Jetta, the Passat TDI urea-injection, and will need a every 10,000 miles.

are engine dependent, but include 5 and manuals, a 6-speed automatic, and a DSG gearbox. Past U.S.-only German cars usually with less power and capable handling. That’s not the here. Despite more and weight, the Passat remains a handler.

Unlike the Jetta’s rudimentary beam rear, the Passat’s 4-link independent rear keeps things well

While cornering is pretty the ride is on the soft side, and can get a little floaty over big Steering however, is light and quick, helping the Passat to smaller than it is. Brakes are discs, naturally with and feature large, 12.3-inch up front.

Like a well suit, the Passat’s smooth new metal helps hide its in size, with the overall more classy than Sharp lines adorn the sides and the hood, with converging at the wide, horizontal family grille. 16, 17, and 18-inch are available.

The lower front fascia just a hint of aggression, and fog are nicely integrated. In the rear, the is a bit more conservative than Passats, dominated by large lights split between the lid and rear fenders.

With sales in mind, Volkswagen has the new Passat to begin at $20,765. over seven grand than last year, and it 3 years or 36,000 miles of maintenance. Ordering choices also been simplified. The TDI for $26,765, and the top tier SEL for $29,765.

There are no plans for all-wheel-drive or a version at this time.

a sporty sedan mainstream is tricky, as you risk losing the that have supported you all On the other hand, making a car and less expensive is a proven for increased sales. We think the Volkswagen Passat is well to successfully make the transition.

roomy, affordable, and can drive around Camry and Accord. We it a lot.

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