The latest Passat embodies the quintessential midsize sedan – muscular and understated, bold and imposing but at the same instant laidback and somewhat reserved. All these aforementioned aesthetical description are undoubtedly spot-on for the Trendline’s exterior – the ‘toned-down’ 16 inch wheels, nondescript visual styling cues, visually straightforward which equates to more or less non-exciting. We’d reckon for those would-be Passat owners with more exuberance in their mannerism might well opt for the slew of accessories and options proffered by VPCM.
Indeed both the Comfortline and Highline semmed considerably more style savvy with the tiniest of differences, namely the larger set of wheels (17 inch on the former and 18 inches on the latter). Imagine that for a moment – the merest of visual changes prompted quite a dramatic difference as per the overall appeal and attractiveness of the big VW sedan.
Open the doors and the familiar VW interior design greets you, given an added touch of roominess and airiness all around in the large VW sedan. The height adjustable front seats with lumbar support felt markedly comfy and supportive while the ‘Weave’ fabric seat upholstery felt nice to the touch despite denoting ‘entry level’ through and through. Still, the 5 inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and 8 speakers does audibly sound distinctly premium-esque to my ears.
Powering the entry-model Trendline Passat is what we feel as a multiple plus points that carries this least expensive Passat up a few notches on the desirability stakes – the 1.8 liter TSI Turbo. Pretty much the perfect embodiment of a small capacity motor with a big heart this motor is characterized by a doubly impressive double take of performance and economy all from one compact package. Powering both the Trendline and Comfortline the 1.8TSI has a max power output of 180ps at 5100-6200rpm and 250Nm at between 1250-5000rpm, with an impressive combined fuel efficiency of 5.7l/100km.
Utilizing the sweet DSG transmission for which the Trendline does away with paddles having only stick sequential shift with forward for upshift and back for down, the numbers are quite revelatory – 232km/h max speed with just a tenth under 8 seconds naught to 100km/h. Indeed the Passat Trendline’s powertrain provided thoroughly excellent driveability on top of outstanding fuel economy.
Together with all the requisite safety endowments namely 3-point front seat belts with height adjustment and belt tensioners
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA), Anti-skid Regulator (ASR), Anti-theft alarm system with immobiliser, interior monitoring and towing protection, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Brake pad wear indicator, Dual front side airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Engine Drag Torque Control (EDTC), Hill-hold control, Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), Safety-optimized front head restraints, Speed sensitive electromechanical power steering and whole lot more, the Passat Trendline combines not only a level of finesse and dynamics you wouldn’t normally find in its class. Its mannerism regardless of road types and conditions from highways, city streets and also winding roads belies its class designation and also its generous dimensions.
And here’s a few more reasons to own a VW Passat: together with VPCM’s many aftersales perks including 5 years free maintenance and others, you shall also enjoy a considerably low interest rate from as low as 0.88% per annum (for a 5 year loan) for the Trendline as well as the Comfortline.
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Car: Volkswagen Passat 1.8L Trendline
Engine: 1.8TSI Turbo
Gearbox: 7-speed DSG
Max Power: 180ps at 5100-6200rpm
Max Torque: 250Nm at 1250-5000rpm