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.

On the inside the Passat is impressively roomy, but no more than other cars in its class. The wood grain paneling on the dash and the doors, along with silver trimming on the pretty much all the panels and buttons and knobs gives it a very premium feel. The red ambient lighting and the analog clock in the center complete the package.

The beige leather interior does feel a little dull, but it does help keep the Passat cool during the blistering summer sun. The insulation is very impressive, mildly better than the Camry, enough that you can listen to your children whispering in the back. Now you won’t hear the exhausts, but you can surely appreciate the purr of the 5-clylinder engine when you’re pushing the Passat.

The suspension is very soft on the Passat, so much so that on speed humps it felt quite bouncy, while taking turns at relatively high speeds resulted in significant body roll.  Combine the decently powerful engine, soft suspension and proper sound isolation and the Passat offers one of the most cocooned rides I’ve had in a while because I was not able to feel how fast I was going sometimes!

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