2009 Volkswagen Passat | new car review
2009 Volkswagen Passat
Some new car buyers will find the Volkswagen Passat a lesson in bland styling, while others will see the mid-size sedan as a master class in understated European styling.
But both groups will surely have to agree that one of VW’s longest-serving cars is most certainly a high quality offering, especially in its 2009 guise. The overall design, starting right up front with the family-faced, large chrome front grille and flowing over the coupe-esque body lines, all the way back to the rather trick-looking rounded LED taillights is super-clean, ultra-modern and perfectly uncluttered – definitely a case of less is more. And if this style of automotive design floats your boat, then the Passat will whet your appetite.
Volkswagen has given us a much better choice of engines since 2008, available across the various models in both the four-door sedan, as well as a station wagon called the Variant.
The power plant choice ranges from 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engines, both of them powered-up with exhaust-driven turbochargers, and then rising up to a 3.2-litre and 3.6-litre V6 units, the 3.6 making a very handy 299bhp and 350Nm of torque, powering in serious style the aggressive-looking, body kit-enhanced R36 model.
The basic Passats are front-wheel-drive, with the sportier V6 models getting VW’s tried and tested 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The V6 models also get the dual-clutch DSG gearbox, while the lower end cars get standard manual and automatic gearboxes.
All Passats are decked-out with the latest in safety features and electronics, including front and side airbags, ABS brakes, ESP and tyre-pressure monitoring systems – handy stuff especially in the more powerful cars.
With such an extensive range of engines and performance and trim levels, and that certain understated design flair, don’t be surprised to see more Middle Eastern buyers turn onto the Passat.
|Body Type||Engine (litres)||Power (bhp)||Torque (Nm)||Transmission|
|Sedan /Station Wagon||2.0||150||200||M/A|
Price Range (AED) 111,000 onwards