Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSI (DSG) Review: Downsize with no compromise

Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSI (DSG) Review: Downsize with no compromise

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
14 Sep 2012
What we like:
pros
All-rounded package that is hard to fault
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superbly equipped
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refinement
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efficient and proven powertrain
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excellent ride
What we dislike:
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Styling lacks character
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uninspiring handling

The base 1.4 TSI is pretty much identical to the 1.8 TSI on the inside, which means a well-executed cabin that is hard to fault. The electrically adjustable driver’s seat, wrapped in leather trim, not only looks good but also offer superb comfort and support, even on long drives. The rest of the cabin is very much similar as before which means there is ample space for three average sized adults at the rear. The boot features useful hooks to hang shopping bags on while the load area is vast and well shaped. An especially convenient feature for the boot is the Easy Open system, a feature than is more commonly found in higher end Audi and BMW models.

True to Volkswagen’s claims, the 1.4 TSI offers a high level of standard kit that is expected of a Passat. It comes loaded with electrically adjustable ventilated front seats, self dimming rear view mirror, KESSY keyless operation, auto hold electronic parking brake, parking sensors, cruise control, multi-function display, Fatigue Detection as well as Volkswagen’s clever hands-free Park Assist system. Only the 1.8 TSI’s RNS510 touch screen radio navigation system head unit is missing in this superbly kitted out base model.

Despite the its smaller, less powerful engine and hence its Cat A COE classification, the 1.4 TSI hardly feels lesser than the 1.8 TSI thanks to its convincing performance as well as its long list of standard kit that its competitors can only be envious of.

Credits: Story and photos by Raymond Lai

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