Volkswagen Passat (2006)

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VW Passat

In March 2005, the Volkswagen Passat saloon was introduced into the first European markets. Generation One of this bestseller made its first appearance in 1973. It is a fact that within the past three decades this Volkswagen has become the very image of automotive progress, representing what Made in Germany means. This image is characterized by vehicle size, drive technologies, safety features such as airbags, ABS and ESP in addition to quality details including galvanized bodies.

The VW Passat is now more than just a middle-class saloon. It has matured into a car with a character, into a perfect companion through more than three decades. The rational qualities of the product line have been consistently perfected in the Volkswagen Passat.

At the same time, however, the development team has breathed new passion and pulsating liveliness into this Passat through an uncompromising combination of shape, functionality, design and ergonomics.

A best-seller coming in four different versions, eight engines ranging from 75 kW up to 185 kW

2006 Volkswagen Passat

Already in its basic Trendline version, the Volkswagen Passat offers an extensive comfort, function and safety equipment package. This includes dual-face front airbags, side and head airbags, active crash headrests in front, ESP, central locking system, electromechanical power steering, electric window lifters in front and the Climatic semi-automatic air-conditioning system.

The Volkswagen Passat saloon will be available in Europe with eight engines to choose from. For the first time, Volkswagen provides FSI engines with homogeneous direct injection. The output of these engines is 85 kW / 115 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS and – in the case of the Turbo FSI – 147 kW / 200 PS.

The 3.2 liter V6 FSI engine with 184 kW / 250 PS completing the top of the range was shown for the first time at the IAA 2005 in Frankfurt. The entry-level engine is the 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine with 75 kW / 102 PS. The range of diesel engines available consists exclusively of advanced TDI engines.

Their respective outputs are 77 kW / 105 PS, 103 kW / 140 PS and – as an entirely new development – 125 kW / 170 PS. The most powerful TDI is equipped with the innovative piezo pump-jet high-pressure injection system.

The 2.0 liter TDI (optional) and the 3.2 V6 FSI (standard) will be available with automatic dual clutch transmission (DSG). This transmission has six forward gears and shifts extremely quickly. DSG plus TDI is considered to be the ideal transmission combination – for the first time ever it has been possible to maintain the lower consumption of a diesel engine despite its automatic shift.

The petrol engines with 85 kW / 115 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS can be combined with a convenient six-gear automatic transmission (Tiptronic) as an option.

Powerful, avant-garde design; wider, longer, higher – more comfortable

What happens when designers interpret a clear, logical, intuitively perceivable style with even more power, muscle and passion than ever before can be seen in the VW Passat: design united with innovative technologies catapult the saloon into a sportier, more sophisticated, class-transcending dimension in the greatest evolutionary step since the series was first created. The sixth Passat is therefore characterized by its powerful, avant-garde design.

The new VW front section with its chrome medallion-shaped radiator grille and its challenging staring headlights, the athletic silhouette and powerful rear section design represent the biggest design leap that has occurred since the product line was created. The outward design of the Volkswagen Passat demonstrates what applies also to its interior: everything is new and everything is different.

Let’s take the dimensions as an example: the VW Passat is 4.77 meters long (+ 62 mm), 1.82 meters wide (+ 74 mm) and 1.47 meters high (+ 10 mm). Its wheelbase measures 2.71 meters. A clear indication of excellent quality: its static torsion stability is 57 (!) per cent higher than that of its pretty good predecessor and represents the new top performance in this class.

The boot volume has also grown considerably: 565 liters maximum (+90 liters).

A glance into the interior of the Volkswagen Passat shows a clear, fresh and sophisticated design of a striking simplicity, top-quality materials, and a people-oriented technology not aimed at breaking the theoretical bounds of the technically feasible. The target was to implement perfect ergonomics and ease of operation. Clearly structured functional elements and stylistic simplicity dominate here.

The total effect produces a space which enthuses as much as it protects. A space, which although new at first sight, becomes familiar in a moment, with timeless appeal.

Thanks to the four interior design lines Trendline, Comfortline, Sportline and Highline as well as the four worlds of color (Black, Latte Macchiato, Classic Grey, Pure Beige) the interior can be adapted to suit your own personal taste. Depending on the chosen design line, high-grade wood applications (burr-walnut, poplar, makassar) and aluminum continue the individualization process. The burr-walnut combination on the instrument panel is, for example, perfectly tailored to the fittings’ simplicity, while aluminum trimmings give a classy finish to the entire central console.

Five-star crash-test results in the Euro-NCAP; six airbags, ESP and comprehensive protection systems as a standard

Sensibly complementing highly effective passive safety elements with increasingly intelligent active safety components such as ESP and ACC (adaptive cruise control) results in Volkswagen’s presenting the new Passat as one of the world’s safest saloons. The basis of optimum passive safety has been and will be the highest possible bodywork rigidity.

And here again, the VW Passat sets new standards in its class. On top of this, it is the car’s restraint systems which improve safety at the most perceptible levels. As a standard, the Volkswagen Passat is equipped with dual-face front airbags, active crash headrests in front as well as side airbags (front) and head airbags (front and rear). As an option, the rear can also be equipped with side airbags and belt tighteners.

It goes without saying that the Passat as a well-established vehicle driven on all five continents meets all the applicable crash standards world-wide.

More safety, more comfort and a lot more fun in the Volkswagen Passat saloon due to a wide range of new systems

Running gear: the new four-arm rear axle, acoustically isolated from the bodywork by an auxiliary frame, and the McPherson front axle, newly designed around aluminum components (weight reduction of 13.3 kg) ensure agility, comfort and safety at the highest level. The running gear technology is rounded off by the ESP + trailer stabilization, and all vehicles with trailer hitches are equipped with it as a standard.

Brakes with wipers: as a standard, all Passat models are equipped with a 16-inch brake system with integrated disc wiper. The linings are gently applied at certain intervals. This wipes off any water film that may have built up due to wet roads and therefore shortens the braking distance.

Electromechanical parking brake: the Volkswagen Passat is the first saloon in its class to have a pushbutton-operated electromechanical parking brake as a standard. Its electronic control system and networking with other control units allowed the integration of a dynamic emergency braking function, a starting assistant (e.g. for going uphill) and an auto-hold function (stopping at traffic lights without constant brake pedal operation).

Starting and locking system: the starting and locking system with radio remote control has been completely redeveloped. There is no longer an ignition key in the conventional sense. Most of the transmitter components for unlocking and locking the central locking system have been moved into a retainer to the right of the steering wheel. The engine can now be started by pressing the transmitter.

If the VW Passat is equipped with a keyless entry start and exit system (KESSY), the vehicle is started by pressing a button.

Adaptive cruise control (ACC): another new option available is automatic distance control. The system can be operated intuitively via a separate stalk on the steering column. The Volkswagen Passat brakes automatically at a speed that has been set using the cruise control as soon as the vehicle gets below a defined safety distance from the vehicle in front.

When the road is free again, the vehicle accelerates until it reaches the previously set speed. The system’s radar sensor also detects critical proximity situations. It prepares the VW Passat for subsequent braking operations by moving the linings against the disks and sensitizing the braking assistant in order to increase the effectiveness of emergency braking.

Bluetooth telephone: the Volkswagen Passat now comes with an optional hands-free telephone system with a Bluetooth interface. The wireless integration of the driver’s mobile phone into the vehicle allows the driver to leave the mobile in his or her pocket. A fixed telephone installation in the car takes over the actual mobile phone functions and obtains the necessary data from a SIM card of the mobile phone.

The telephone can be controlled via a separate keyboard, the multifunction steering wheel or by voice command.

Sound systems from Dynaudio and Volkswagen: experience a really special sound when you switch on the 600 Watt high-end sound system made by Dynaudio, the Danish hi-fi specialist. The 10-channel system with its excellent components sets a new standard. As an alternative, the Volkswagen Passat can be equipped with a 250 Watt Volkswagen sound system.

Both systems are offered in combination with the RNS MFD2-DVD navigation systems and the RCD 500 radio system.

Draft-free Climatronic air-conditioning: like it did in the Phaeton, the dual-zone automatic air conditioning system provides draught-free ventilation at the touch of a button. It is available as part of the special equipment package.

New power supply: business travelers will welcome the facility of charging their laptops using the optional 230 V power supply.

Bi-xenon headlights with corner illumination: all headlight systems have been improved significantly compared to the predecessor model, particularly the main beam. The controllable bi-xenon headlights of the VW Passat also provide better long-distance visibility. The integrated dynamic corner illumination lamp follows the course of the road with a maximum swiveling angle of 15 degrees and thus ensures optimum visibility at all times.

The perfect complement of this system is an additional static turn assist lamp which has major advantages due to its side alignment of about 35 degrees in relation to the vehicle axis, particularly when you turn at crossings and junctions.

Tire inflation pressure monitoring system (RDK): the sensors notify the driver of a possible tire pressure loss by means of a visual indicator.

New tires with emergency running characteristics: the self-supporting tires (SST) on the Monza light alloy wheels feature reinforced side walls and allow safe driving even if inflation pressure is low or the tire deflates altogether. The pressure loss is signaled by an indicator lamp.

Overview of petrol engines

1.6 with 75 kW: this 75 kW / 102 PS: basic engine of the Volkswagen Passat series is both proven and economical. Within 12.4 seconds it accelerates the saloon from 0 to 100 km/h, gives it a top speed of 190 km/h and consumes an average of 7.7 liters unleaded premium petrol per 100 kilometers.

1.6 FSI with 85 kW: the smallest direct-injection petrol engine in the VW Passat has a power of 85 kW / 115 PS. With this engine under the bonnet, the saloon can reach a top speed of 200 km/h and can be accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.4 seconds. And still it consumes a mere 7.5 l of unleaded premium petrol per 100 km.

2.0 FSI with 110 kW: the next level of motorization is also provided by a direct- injection petrol engine. Its four cylinders have an output of 110 kW / 150 PS, allow a top speed of 213 km/h and can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.4 seconds. The average fuel consumption is 8.2 liters by EU standards.

2.0 TSI with 147 kW: the most powerful four-cylinder engine Volkswagen uses here is the 2.0 FSI with turbocharger and boost inter-cooling already known from the Golf GTI. The powerful direct injection engine – 147 kW / 200 PS at 5,500 rpm, and 1,984 cc – speeds the Passat up from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 7.7 seconds and makes the vehicle reach a top speed of 236 km/h. The average consumption of the 2.0 T-FSI – 8.6 liters – shows how efficiently the combination of FSI and turbocharger works.

At 10.3:1, the 2.0 T-FSI features a high compression ratio and its powerful torque (280 Newton meters between 1,800 and 5,000 rpm) makes it a superior drive unit. To be more precise, the Volkswagen Passat engine uses the advantages of homogeneous direct injection and combines it with the superior power of turbo-charging. The result is an extraordinary torque curve, excellent response, pure joy of driving and not even a hint of a turbo weak spot.

3.2 V6 FSI with 184 kW: a newly developed 3,169 cc V6 engine made its first appearance at the IAA 2005 in the Passat and the Passat Variant. At 6,200 rpm its output is 184 kW / 250 PS and it reaches a maximum torque of 330 Newton meters (from 2,500 and up to 3,000 rpm).

The technical basis is the six-cylinder engine with suction pipe injection known from the Phaeton. The new engine’s features include direct petrol injection (FSI), and its advantages are more power, less petrol consumption and less exhaust gas. Thanks to its comprehensive redesign, the V6 FSI features optimized stability properties, reduced strain on components and lower weight.

The standard equipment of the Volkswagen Passat 3.2 V6 FSI is its dual clutch automatic transmission (DSG) and its 4MOTION four-wheel drive.

Overview of diesel engines

1.9 TDI with 77 kW: the economical and yet high-torque world of TDI engines in the Volkswagen Passat begins at 77 kW / 105 PS (4,000 rpm) and 250 Newton meters (1,900 rpm). The Passat 1.9 TDI reaches a top speed of 188 km/h, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/ in 12.1 seconds and consumes 5.6 l of diesel per 100 km on average.

2.0 TDI with 103 kW: 209 km/h is the top speed of the 103 kW / 140 PS (at 4,000 rpm) Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI. At only 1,800 rpm, the engine reaches its maximum torque of 320 Newton meters and speeds the car up from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.8 seconds and to a top speed of 209 km/h. Average diesel consumption: 5.9 liters.

This TDI performance level can be combined with a diesel particle filter.

2.0 TDI with 125 kW: the second 2.0 TDI equipped with the highly innovative piezo pump high-pressure jet injection system and a compensator shaft is a completely new design. The very quiet four-valve TDI engine has an output of 125 kW / 170 PS (at 4,200 rpm), a torque of 350 Newton meters (1,800 to 2,500 rpm) and accelerates the saloon from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.7 seconds. The top speed is 233 km/h.

This engine also features low fuel consumption averaging at just 6.1 liters per 100 km.

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