Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line 2.0 TSI (DSG) Review
Variable Variant Values

clifford chow
30 Nov 2016

Introduction & Exterior

While it does share the Sedan’s footprint, the rear does make the Variant model seem much bigger a car

Value has plenty of interpretations. In this case, the Volkswagen Passat Variant brings it to you by way of more utility space. Fact is, we found that the more upmarket Audi A6 Avant cousin offers quite a bit less than the Passat.

We tested the eighth-generation Passat Sedan recently and there was so much praise about how it looked and its poise and road manners.


The bulk of the Variant model looks just the same as the Sedan. Crisp and clean lines, which see continuity even into and through the headlamps, trick LED brake lamps, which illuminate horizontally, and switch diagonally when the brakes are depressed.

The rear of the Variant is pretty to look at, carrying some similarities as it’s smaller Golf Variant sibling, the bigger Passat looks more stretched out, with no size constraints compared to the Golf. Side glass gently tapers downward to the rear, framed by the car’s roofline and a slightly thicker D pillar, and accented by a chrome strip. The pinching in the sheet metal on the side of the car, forming subtle shoulders, adds to the impression of strength, and extends to the rear of the car, and terminates into the tail lamps. Another addition you might miss, are the rather subtle roof rails for added cargo porting room. Snugly sitting under the wheel arches are large 235/40R19 tyres, which complete the look of the car.

While it does share the Sedan’s footprint, the rear does make the Variant model seem much bigger a car.

For a few mm shorter than the previous car, the new car actually has more space, partially due to a longer wheelbase, which sees an extension of 79mmm, extending the car’s wheelbase to 2,791mm. The Variant is just slightly taller than the Sedan, due to the need to keep the roofline’s height to cater for better cargo room at the rear.

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Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 216bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1500rpm


Acceleration 6.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 244 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type Wagon
(L x W x H)
(4767 x 1832 x 1477) mm
Wheelbase 2791 mm
Turning Circle 11.7 metres