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Volkswagen Passat Vehicle Review and Information.

Volkswagen Passat
Vehicle Summary
Latest Passat is almost as big as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class but undercuts the base model by around £10,000. It competes against family favourites like the Ford Mondeo, as well as more upmarket models like the Honda Accord and the BMW 3-Series. Diesels will make up the bulk of sales with a choice of 105bhp 1.9 TDI and 140bhp 2.0 TDI from launch with a 170bhp 2.0 TDI arriving later. The petrol engines are all FSI units which VW claim are more economical than standard petrols, ranging from a 115bhp 1.6 or 150bhp 2.0 from launch, with a 200bhp 2.0T and 250bhp 3.2 V6 completing the range later. The Passat raises the bar for interior quality in the Mondeo-size sector and has an upmarket appeal absent from most mainstream manufacturers. The new Passat is more rewarding to drive and more comfortable than the old model.
Model Types
S models have all the important features such as alloy wheels, six airbags, ESP, air conditioning, electronic parking brake, alarm, LED rear lights and door-mirror indicators, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric front windows, umbrella compartment and a CD/radio. SE models add cruise control, electrically-adjustable driver's seat, electric rear windows, eight-speaker audio system, a front centre arm rest and two rear vents. Sport models add electronic two-zone climate control, automatic headlights, front foglights, front sports seats, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and lowered suspension, while doing without cruise control. SEL models have part leather trim, a choice of trim insert styles, heated front seats and heated headlight washer jets as well as the equipment offered in the SE, plus sport seats. Options include bi-xenon directional headlamps, satellite navigation and a 600 watt premium Dynaudio sound system developed specifically for the Passat.
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