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Volkswagen Passat (2005–2011)

Last updated 3 June 2019

 
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Kerb weight 1348–1800 kg
Warranty 3 years
Servicing -

Full specifications

Driving

Details of the launch engines are reasonably clear, though not all details have been announced. At the time of writing there are no torque or performance figures for the new piezo/unit injector 170PS TDI arriving in November. The V6 FSI coming in September is a 3,189cc development of the narrow-angle VR6, as seen before in the Golf Mk IV R32. Though chain-cam, it is not the same as the wider-angle 256PS 3,123cc V6 used in Audis, which won't fit the horizontal engine bay.

The effect of laying the engine across the car instead of hanging it over the front wheels is immediately apparent. The new Passat is a very pleasant car to drive. Not sporting, but with good ride quality and viceless handling that eventually leads to understeer but at far higher speeds than most drivers will ever reach.

There's not much wind roar, tyre noise or engine noise. And you're not aware of the complex sounding electronic safety features because the basic dynamics of the car are so good they rarely feel the need to make their presence felt. It doesn't feel as precise or as sporty as a Mondeo and doesn't bring a grin to your face. But there's nothing wrong with it and that's a quality in itself.

The 2.0 TDI is geared at around 32mph per 1,000 rpm in 6th, which is relaxed enough without being so high you need to change down to 5th if stuck on a 50mph queue. The 2.0 FSI, on the other hand, is geared at just 22mph per 1,000 rpm in 6th, which sounds very low but happens to suit the power and torque characteristics of the 2.0 litre petrol engine. I guess caravanners could successfully tow with either but the 2.0 TDI has the higher maximum braked towing weight of 1,800kg.

The seats are very comfortable. There are lots of places to stow things. I guess the optional satnav could be better as it's merely CD Rom, like the 1996 Passat's, but it showed more streets than the DVD system in the car I drove to the launch. Each of the front door pockets is shaped to take a litre bottle of wine or water or whatever.

Outside, from some angles the new Passat looks very good. I particularly like the headlights. But from front three quarters the long, straight rearmost shutline catches the eye too much and breaks up the basic elegance of the shape.

It will be good to check out other versions as they become available. Particularly the 170PS diesel rival to Toyota's new Avensis diesel, SAAB and Vauxhall's 150PS Multijets, Ford's gruff and ready Mondeo TDCI 155 and the 163PS diesel in the new 3-Series. Let's just hope these powerful new diesels don't lose the plot by sacrificing their fuel economy advantage.

In some ways the old Passat was a rival for the Mercedes Benz C-Class, in that you could buy the same sort of quality with a higher spec for the same money. Like the Honda Accord, the new Passat is even more of a rival to the C-Class. And it's a much better car than the old model.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.4 TSI 42 mpg 10.5 s 126 mph 155 g/km
1.4 TSI Estate 42 mpg 10.8 s 124 mph 159 g/km
1.6 FSI 38 mpg 11.4 s 124 mph 179 g/km
1.6 FSI Estate 37 mpg 11.7 s 122 mph 181 g/km
1.6 TDI BlueMotion Estate 64 mpg 12.7 s 118 mph 114 g/km
1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology 63–64 mpg 12.4 s 120 mph 114–118 g/km
1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology Estate 63 mpg 12.7 s 118 mph 119 g/km
1.8 TSI 37–38 mpg 8.6 s 136–137 mph 172–180 g/km
1.8 TSI DSG 39 mpg 8.5 s 136 mph 169 g/km
1.8 TSI DSG Estate 38 mpg 8.7 s 133 mph 171 g/km
1.8 TSI Estate 36–38 mpg 8.8 s 134–135 mph 174–186 g/km
1.9 TDI 50 mpg 12.1 s 117 mph 148 g/km
1.9 TDI BlueMotion 55 mpg 12.1 s 120 mph 136 g/km
1.9 TDI Estate 49–54 mpg 12.4 s 115–118 mph 137–153 g/km
2.0 FSI 35 mpg 9.4 s 132 mph 193 g/km
2.0 FSI Estate 34 mpg 9.6 s 130 mph 197 g/km
2.0 TDI 49–60 mpg 9.8–11.8 s 119–130 mph 124–153 g/km
2.0 TDI 140 50 mpg 9.8 s 130 mph 146 g/km
2.0 TDI 140 DSG 47 mpg 9.8 s 128 mph 158 g/km
2.0 TDI 140 DSG Estate 46 mpg 10.1 s 126 mph 159 g/km
2.0 TDI 140 Estate 50 mpg 10.1 s 128 mph 148 g/km
2.0 TDI 170 50 mpg 8.6 s 139 mph 146 g/km
2.0 TDI 170 DSG 46 mpg 8.6 s 137 mph 159 g/km
2.0 TDI 170 DSG Estate 46 mpg 8.8 s 135 mph 163 g/km
2.0 TDI 170 Estate 44–50 mpg 8.8 s 137 mph 149–169 g/km
2.0 TDI 4MOTION 43 mpg 10.2 s 127 mph 174 g/km
2.0 TDI 4MOTION Estate 42 mpg 10.5 s 125 mph 177 g/km
2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology 58–60 mpg 9.8–11.7 s 123–130 mph 124–128 g/km
2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology Estate 59 mpg 10.1 s 129 mph 127 g/km
2.0 TDI CR 50 mpg 8.6–9.8 s 130–139 mph 146 g/km
2.0 TDI CR 170 50 mpg 8.6 s 139 mph 146 g/km
2.0 TDI CR 170 Estate 50 mpg 8.8 s 137 mph 149 g/km
2.0 TDI CR 4MOTION 47 mpg 10.2 s 127 mph 158 g/km
2.0 TDI CR 4MOTION Estate 46 mpg 10.5 s 125 mph 159 g/km
2.0 TDI CR Estate 50 mpg 8.8–10.1 s 128–137 mph 148–149 g/km
2.0 TDI Estate 44–58 mpg 8.8–12.0 s 118–137 mph 129–169 g/km
2.0 TSI 36 mpg 7.6 s 146 mph 186 g/km
2.0 TSI Estate 35 mpg 7.7 s 144 mph 188 g/km
R36 29 mpg 5.6 s 155 mph 227 g/km
R36 Estate 29 mpg 5.8 s 155 mph 229 g/km
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