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Selwyn Times: June 07, 2016 My My Kaywa QR-Code 34 Tuesday June 7 2016 Motoring SELWYN TIMES Volkswagen Passat sticks to proven • By Ross Kiddie ON PAPER, there’s a certain similarity with the mainstream cars which are coming out of Germany. Between BMW, Mercedes- Benz, Audi and Volkswagen there are a plethora of models which have 2-litre turbocharged engines, some with four-wheeldrive, some without. The latest to come my way is Volkswagen’s Passat 4Motion and, as its nomenclature suggests, it is four-wheeldrive. It lists at $68,740, and competes competitively with similar product from all of those marques I mentioned in my introduction, simply because it sits just a little bit lower in the price range. Of course, there are other Passat models which are priced from $46,390, but if you want the high-power 2-litre petrol engine and 4Motion then you have dig a bit deeper. And the new Passat has huge power, it is rated with 206kW and 350Nm of torque developed through strong turbo boost – peak power is listed low in the rev range at 5600rpm to 6500rpm, while maximum VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT: Stylish sedan. torque is available all of the way from an amazing 1700rpm. These figures combine to produce strong performance – a standstill to 100km/h figure of a quick 5.5sec is claimed and if the laws allowed it would top end at 250km/h. Power is ushered in willingly, but unlike some of its competitors, there is little sound in the Passat, if you listen intently you can pick a little bark out the exhaust as the turbo goes on and off boost, but it is subdued. There are five driver-selectable driving modes on offer – from economy to sport settings – the latter provides more immediate acceleration, but I used normal for most of my testing time and it still sparks up that feisty nature that over 200kW provides. Power is directed through a six-speed direct shift transmission. There are only two pedals, so effectively DSG works like a traditional automatic, bar for the noticeable • Price – VW Passat, $68,740 • Dimensions – Length, 4767mm; width, 1832mm; height, 1456mm • Configuration: Fourcylinder, four-wheeldrive, 1984cc, 206kW, 350Nm, six-speed automatic. • Performance – 0-100km/ h, 5.5sec • Fuel usage – 7.1l/100km lack of torque soak. The result is unimpeded power output and lightning quick, smooth shifts. Interestingly, the high power Passat doesn’t get the seven-speed DSG of its 1.8-litre counterparts and I suggest that is because it can’t be paired to 4Motion. 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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 7 2016 35 WOF $40 .00 manufacturing formula I had a Trade Me item to pick up in Lyttelton, so I took the hill roads to and from the port. I can report that the Passat has handling manners which could easily categorise it as a sports sedan, it sits low on the road and with firmish suspension it points and turns with precision. Providing the grip are sticky Pirelli Cinturato tyres (235/40 x 19in), they are quiet and accept the grip asked of them through the 4Motion system. Firstly, though, Passat is the comfortable medium-to-large sedan (and wagon) which has carved out a huge reputation worldwide for its reliability and functionality. The range-topper is fully loaded with kit, starting with full leather trim with heated front seats with massagers. Other high end features include satellite navigation, active cruise control and multi-media infotainment system. It also gets a full suite of safety kit, some of the latter includes a driver assistance SLEEK: The Passat has smooth, flowing lines. package which has a function I really like, that being an active assist mechanism to stop the vehicle wandering from the lane. I like the product which is coming out of Volkswagen factories at the moment, it is all high quality and must be viewed as a genuine competitor for the high profile brands. The Passat is endearing and feels involving to drive. But if I was a Passat buyer I’d be looking at the fabulous 2-litre turbocharged diesel. Regular readers may recall my evaluation of that car mid-way through last year, its combination of power and economy is something quite remarkable. • Courtesy cars • Oil changes • Full mechanical repairs • Brake & clutch repairs • Transmission flush service • Tyres & batteries • Petrol & diesel servicing Fitzgerald Motors PHONE 03 349 7813 2/193 Waterloo road, Hornby Keep up with your local news online CARS - TRUCKS VANS - 4WDS New + Used Lamps for Cars, Trucks, Vans, 4WD, Motorhomes, Trailers & LED's. We can repair your existing lights including: Headlamp Adjusters, Lens Refurbishment and Plastic Welding. 0800 225 483 For all your automotive Lamp Requirements F: 03 371 1101 E: 325 Brougham Street, Christchurch