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.

Styling

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...

Inside...

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.


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Engine

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

Performance

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

Measurements

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

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs