Volkswagen Passat Variant 3.2 V6 4Motion Review
Differing Variances

Text by Amery Reuben. Photos by Darren Huang
23 Sep 2007

A model that has been quietly launched in Singapore, Volkswagen wants to have a piece of the mid sized, upper class market once again, and it hopes to accomplish said feat with this mini-RS4 of a Passat.

This car is a combination of all things good and safe - ESP, eight airbags for all, an electrically actuated handbrake, climate control, a 6CD changer, 8 Dynaudio speaker in-car entertainment unit, sunroof, child seat mount assist baffles, and of course, self leveling high intensity xenon projector lamps.


The Passat Wagon's exterior is quite conservative, although luxurious, as is the inside. The front end spells it all out for you in huge, chromed words. The grille is home to a cute, large, VW badge, while the headlight clusters would be rather plain looking if not for those quiet slits in the lower sections, which by the way make everything a little more prominent.

There are no signal indicators in the headlamp clusters, and instead are found lower down in the front bumper assembly, which adds a little more to those “differences”.

We love those large, LED brake light clusters which appear to come from those of the Golf's. Those in our convoy reported incredible visibility over long distances in fog, even before those rear foggies were turned on. And when they are, the whole of the road left behind by our scorching wagon was illuminated in a cool red.

So we left quite a number of squinty-eyed drivers then, but I’d rather that than being rear ended by a Hilux...


The quest for conservativeness continues. It looks like most other Passats, with the exception of a really cool in car phone, faux carbon fibre trimmings, good quality plastics and that highly legible instrument cluster.

It has everything in terms of ergonomics. The leather seats are comfortable and accommodating, and so are the heated four-way electronic lumbar supports, a feature that we’d never thought we’d use till we got to the highlands!

Although from a performance standpoint, the absence of the traditional handbrake does upset slightly, but its not like you might want to take this huge wagon to any sort of Kallang carpark rally.

The electronic alternative frees up space between front occupants, and eliminates the need to “switch sides” for Singapore’s right hand drive market for European cars.

Sell Fast With Ease - SwiftQuote

With SwiftQuote, you get:
  Best value for your car    A peace of mind when selling    Fast sale from start to end


Best offer with no obligations.
Start Now!

I agree to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal data by Carousell and/or such other third party (as may be necessary) and to be contacted (via email, phone call and/or text message) for any purposes in connection with the application of and transaction of the vehicle, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and Carousell's Privacy Policy.

Thank you SwiftQuote for getting the good price from group of dealers for my Honda Accord in just few days time. $1-2k higher than dealers that I hv approached.

Johnson Lim - 1 day ago

Very quick and competitive quotation provided. Thank you for the help!

Priscilla - 2 days ago

It was a fuss-free experience to sell car via this platform. So glad that it linked us up with Chris from Ideal Automobile who was very responsive and approachable. Thanks for a great experience!

Yeo Chia Rou - 1 week ago

I called a few agents and I'm glad I got the hugest offer from SwiftQuote.

Ms. Esther - 1 week ago

Swift response, selling was breeze as price was right. . Thanks Vin and boss for assisting.

Ho En Lai Raymond - 1 week ago

Hey there , thank you for the quotation , was a fast and quick deal , car was hand over within a week , smooth process , got the price I wanted. Thank You. Will Definetly look forward in selling more cars in time to come.

Kevin - 2 weeks ago

First time using this service. Manage to get a good offer on my car within days. Fast response time and great experience with swiftquote Thanks!

Ivan Ng Meng Song - 2 weeks ago

Simple, Fast, Transparent and most importantly you get the best deal from a wider exposure for free.

Chan - 2 weeks ago

Fast and high quote but somehow dealers like to give high quote to get appointment, meet up expecting us to give discount.

Rachel Sim - 3 weeks ago

I swear by that this service is worth your time and effort, compared to other sites, I got the highest offer from SQ and the transaction is very smooth with the dealer. Dealer is sincere and quick too!!

Al Hazmi - 3 weeks ago


Engine Capacity 3168cc
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Bore x Stroke (86 x 90.9)mm
Power 250bhp @ 6250rpm
Torque 330Nm @ 2750rpm
Power to Weight 150.6 bhp per ton


Acceleration 6.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 246 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF


Body Type Wagon
(L x W x H)
(4765 x 1820 x 1472) mm
Wheelbase 2709 mm
Kerb Weight 1660 kg


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs