2012 Volkswagen Passat | new car review

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 by

The new is a direct competitor to the ever-popular Toyota Camry and has the potential to dethrone the Camry as the best selling car in its segment if given the right push by the company. VW has fired the first shot in this volumes war by pricing the new Passat just a few thousand dirhams more than the Camry. This is not the European version but the North American and the Chinese version with an extended wheelbase offering ample space for a six-foot tall passenger to be seated comfortably behind an equally tall driver.

Available with a 2.5-litre 170bhp five-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic gearbox, the new Passat range includes 16, 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels, electric seat adjustment, leather seats, a Fender sound system, radio-navigation system, front fog lights with static cornering lights, automatic climate control, ambiance lighting and keyless access engine starting and locking system.

The new Passat offered in four trim levels – S, SE, SEL and SPORT. The entry level model – the S – is designed specifically for corporate customers, and features ABS and ESP safety systems, driver and passenger head curtain and side thorax airbags, a Bluetooth system with voice command, multifunction steering wheel with audio and phone controls, cruise control, radio with MP3 and CD player, a 60/40 folding rear seat, armrests in the front and rear and electronic vehicle immobilization.

The flagship SPORT model adds part leather seats, 18-inch Bristol alloy wheels, a touch-screen navigation system with a 30GB hard disc, SD card reader and DVD drive, memory function for the driver’s seat and a powered front passenger seat.

Specifications

Price: AED 90,999 – AED 120,000

Engine
2.5-litre inline-5

Max power: 170bhp
Max torque: 240Nm

Transmission

6-speed dual-clutch automatic

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