2013 Volkswagen Passat Review

By on August 5, 2012
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VW’s new family sedan outclasses the competition.

Good: Powerful engine, great fuel efficiency, quiet and comfortable ride, quality interior and decent styling.
Bad: Cushioned suspension and loose feeling brakes.
Price: AED 90,999 (Basic)/ AED 118,000 (Sports)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The VW Passat has done fairly decently in humble little UAE, with the majority of the crowd more interested in the German marque’s hip Golf car. The latter is a more fun drive, albeit small for a full family of say five. For such a market the Passat comes into the forefront, with the same funky engine variations as the Golf.

With the new 2013 model, VW is looking to differentiate the Passat even more so than before, a complete segregation between the Golf, Jetta, and Passat CC. The new Passat is straight up mid-sized family saloon built with daily practicality, comfort and safety in mind.

You’ll notice instantly that the new Passat follows the same design queues as the rest of VW’s 2012/2013 lineup of vehicles. In fact, the Passat looks like a less flamboyant version of the Passat CC; again, family sensibilities come into play.

I have to agree, the Passat looks rather boxy, especially compared to the aggressive styling of the new Camry, while the ageing Altima and Accord still manage to look impressive.

The corporate front lights and chrome-tipped grill gives off a very serious, ‘executive’ vibe. The sides look respectably proportioned and composed, while the 18-inch alloy wheels with the Continental ContactiSportContact 3 rubber certainly impress. There’s not much that’s going for the back, but the LED strips definitely look smooth. Note that from the outside it’s pretty much the 18-inch rims and the front fog lights that differentiate the top-end ‘Sports’ model from the basic ‘S’ model.

At the end of the day, family sedans are not all about looks, so let’s see what the Passat feels like.

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