2011 Volkswagen Passat Owners Manual – Volkswagen’s Passat mid-sizer has come set for an extensive makeover, inside and out. The brand’s now-familiar newer styling has been pulled over final season’s muscles, but there’s sufficient latest technology and mechanical enhancements to take into account this an all-new unit. Notably for Volkswagen Australia, this new Passat goes into during the exact same cost as their predecessor.
The Passat sedan is well-packaged buying in middle-of-the-range 125TDI diesel form. It includes lots of torque, close on-road characteristics, improved safety and, to finest it off, was an even more drive that is comfortable their predecessor.
The 2011 Volkswagen Passat’s interior appears markedly similar to the one it replaces changes are minor, but it has a more upmarket feel than before at first glance. These day there are extra chrome highlights, a nicer brushed-aluminium finish into the dash inserts and a chrome-ringed analog clock in the hub associated with the rush. Fit and complete is great, and surfaces that are tactile bring a premium feel.
The Nappa leather seats, common suit back and front, tend to be pleasing, well-shaped and safe. Although a moderate sedan, the Passat offers good legroom back and front and easy access for rear-seat travelers (or if you’re leaning in to strap children in). Headroom too is useful all-round.
The 125TDI Highline is the mid-spec product in the number, and gets a high standard of common gear. Dual-zone climate control and hot side seats were common, in addition to cruise controls, foglamps, parking sensors, dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and an rearview mirror that is auto-dimming. A six-disc CD changer with additional audio input integrating Bluetooth phone integration with sound streaming can be common food when it comes down to 125TDI.
Driveability, Refinement, Suspension and Braking
The 125TDI’s turbodiesel engine, which generates 125kW and 250Nm of torque, carries more from the previous-gen Passat. Nonetheless it’s not without modifications: its said 5.7 l/100km merged fuel consumption is more than 10 % enhanced on the model that is previous. The cost savings are accomplished mainly owing to a new Brake Energy Recuperation system and Volkswagen’s start/stop technology.
The small but able 125TDI diesel mated towards the six-speed DSG transmission supplies responsive performance. Though not as agile as the Golf, they accelerates highly for brisk overtaking and is also not substantially blunted by mountains.
The Passat offers quiet that is class-leading the cabin, as well as the small ‘diesel clatter’ from the engine was nicely muted from the inside the car. Wind noise is basically absent, and path noise from its 17-inch rims try muted on just about the roughest roads.
The Passat becomes independent MacPherson struts up front and a arrangement that is four-link the trunk. Volkswagen’s Adaptive Chassis Control is also offered as an option (perhaps not fitted in our tester). Even without it, the 125TDI try a brilliant experience and a very good handler.
Although it have enough ‘give’ to absorb exterior inconsistencies, it is also really well composed when cornering – perfect when it comes down to typical family, with some fun when it comes down to spirited drivers. Performance in the 125TDI’s ventilated top and solid rear disks was modern and powerful, with close pedal feel and small fade, even after big incorporate.
Eight airbags, Electronic Stability Program, ABS and Brake Assist, Electronic Differential Lock and Anti-Slip Regulation, Low pressure tyre indicator, Safety optimised head restraints.
New for your Passat and also for Volkswagen try Fatigue Detection. Standard across the selection, Fatigue Detection uses detectors that detect the on-road signs of a driver that is tired. If a drowsy drivers are detected, this program will beep and highlight an in-dash caution.
Although revolutionary, it is a system that is complex the one that we discover touchy regarding the longer highway drive from Melbourne to Arthur’s Seat.
Another earliest will be the brand new Volvo-like City Emergency Braking, which comes as part of the $2000 optional Adaptive Cruise Control program. Active at speeds below 30km/h, City EB functions braking the car in the eventuality of an impending front-end collision with a moving automobile or fixed item.