Volkswagen Passat R36 (DSG) Review
This is how it's done

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
5 Sep 2008

Kicking up the tarmac and blurring the white lines will be much more fun in the R36 - plus you'll still come out of the car wrinkle-free for that appointment...


It’s not the best bit of expressway you’ve ever seen. The tarmac surface is unusually scarred. There are an unhealthy number of lorries threatening to just pull out without a care in the world for what’s behind them. And other traffic merges frustratingly into one another.

All I need is just a shot of the speedometer displaying a healthy number of kilometres per hour. There are tempting straights, but traffic is making it short and nerve-wrecking if I were to be unusually reckless.

The R36 doesn’t seem the least worried. It seems VERY eager to overtake each and every one of the vehicles ahead. Thank goodness though - I’m nowhere near to running out of roads.

Suddenly, driving became a very technical chore – not surprising, considering I’m in charge of a gastronomic 300 horses…


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Engine Capacity 3597cc
Engine Type V 6
Bore x Stroke (82.5 x 84.2)mm
Power 300bhp @ 6600rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 5300rpm
Power to Weight 208.5 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type F4


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4799 x 1855 x 1472) mm
Wheelbase 2711 mm
Turning Circle 5.7 metres
Kerb Weight 1439 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs