Volkswagen Passat R-Line 2.0 TSI (DSG) Review
There is a New Wind, Her Name: Passat

clifford chow
11 Nov 2016


There she came into my possession. Gentle, graceful lines flowed across her body…

Her symmetrically angled grill accompanied along the top by a chrome strip, spanning over and to the sides of her headlamps. In turn the headlamps looked deep set under those lenses. Although they were large, with a tinge of aggression, they exuded a sense of calmness from her gaze, a sense of reassurance. Assurance came in the form of classy LED headlamps with turning lamps included.

Her proportionate bonnet looked the part. Long, with continuity from the grille, toward, and forming the A pillar. Another subtle line passing from the inside of the headlamp units join up with the break between the bonnet and the front fender, making a crease which runs along the doors, below the front and rear window sills, to terminate at the C pillar. A pinch in the sheet metal, beginning after the front wheel arch, flows below this crease, and through the door grab handles; creating beautifully sculpted shoulders, tapering slightly upward and finding their way to define the top edge of the boot lid.

In the rear, tail lamps flow near flush with the bodywork, striped in design, they illuminate, displaying a red horizontal series of lines, which are only to change to a vertical angle illumination when the brakes are depressed.

Her emblem seated in the middle of the boot lid doubles as the handle, keeping away ugly key holes, or bumps for an obvious place to house the rubber gob for the switch actuated solenoid boot opener.

What made all 4,767mm of the Passat all so special was that, while almost the same length as the previous car, her added wheelbase of 79mm, extending her wheelbase to 2,791, meant that she provided more room for you. More space to stretch out, and surely, a more comfortable ride. Width-wise sees a minor increase of 12mm to 1,832mm. While looking just slightly sleeker with 14mm less in height, she sat at 1,456mm tall. 

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Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 216bhp @ 4500rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1500rpm


Acceleration 6.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 246 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4767 x 1832 x 1456) mm
Wheelbase 2791 mm
Turning Circle 11.7 metres
Fuel Tank Capacity 66 L