2007 Volkswagen Passat | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The long-lived Passat (33 years this year and counting!) received its most recent makeover in 2005, so don’t expect any surprises this year. Those with long memories will realise that this is the sixth generation Passat – and unquestionably the best, carving out a serious niche for the company in the medium size segment. It is the largest example of the model and by far the best equipped, having to compete with European, Japanese and American brands that would aspire to describe themselves as more luxurious.

The Passat is now more than just a middle-class saloon. It has matured into a car with character and sets new standards of equipment in its fiercely fought market sector. The rational qualities of product line, body and running gear characteristics and therefore comfort have been consistently perfected in the new Passat. However, at the same time, the development team has breathed new passion and pulsating liveliness into the model by means of an uncompromising combination of shape, functionality, design and ergonomics. A host of safety features, including emergency flat-running tyres, coupled with refinements like CD/DVD and navigation systems make this a Passat like no other.

In Europe this car is available with a host of engine options, while in this region it comes with just one, the 2.0 litre FS1 that delivers 150 bhp via a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. Those seeking more power from this stylish package should take note that, at last autumn’s Essen Motor Show, VW revealed the new Passat R36. It is powered by a 300 bhp, 3.6 litre – six cylinder direct injection petrol engine (3.6 FSI) coupled with a direct shift gearbox (DSG) and permanent four-wheel drive (4MOTION), this beauty has a top speed that is electronically limited to 250 km/h, outstripping every other ever built. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds. Chances of this model coming to the region look bleak, though. Tough!

Body TypeSedan
Price (in AED)88,000 onwards
Engine (litre)2.0
Power (bhp)150
Torque (Nm)172

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