Friday, August 3, 2012

Auto Review – Volkswagen Passat

The VW Passat is regarded as a little more opulent as the average family station wagons or sedans. It lies between the standard car and the highly expensive luxury vehicles. The completely-new 2012 Passat, which was manufactured in the USA, is still reasonably priced compared to the other more affluent European trademarks. It remains popular despite the notion that the car has a less stylish engine and some materials that are inferior in quality.

This Volkswagen was redesigned totally and the cabin made more spacious. It lays claim to having the same superiority that VW cars always been known for. Passat has a 2.5 liter and 5-cylinder (turbo diesel) capable of generating 170 HP and fuel consumption of 22 miles MPG for city driving as well as 31 MPG for highways. There is also a 280 horsepower, 3.6 liter V-6 engine that you can opt for. The Passat is known for fine suspension tuning, powerful breaks and clear-cut steering. It has earned a high mark for comfortable driving even during long-distance trips.

In terms of performance and handling, you can look forward to light steering and flexible suspension. There may be a lot of bumps and the steering function offers minimal feedback. Body control is rigid despite the non-compulsory variable system for chassis control. The diesel engines of Passat are relatively silent and smooth while the 4-cylinder petrol units are manageable. You can contain road noise even when driving at a fast speed.

The diesel models have been fitted with the so-called stop-start technology which shuts off the engine when the motorist is stuck in traffic. It automatically starts again as soon as you take your foot off the brakes. However, this process is described as more severe compared to the petrol systems. In general, this diesel engine model is more powerful than the Turbo-Stratified Injection and has the same rotating force as the Fuel Stratified Injection. In short, this model is more efficient because motorists will certainly not become disappointed.

VW has an auto-hold function to prevent the auto hold function which some motorists used to automatic transmission find in dual-clutch vehicles. Yes, it looks emaciated on the freeways due to the breadth but there is the benefit of not being cramped especially during long drives. You will experience utmost comfort in riding a Passat. The interiors are well-adorned with leather upholstery, elegant finish, tinted windows, dual zone temperature regulator, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, audio streaming, and multiple speakers.

Kudos to John ALVAR for this articles

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