Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI Review
Pass it on...

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
2 Oct 2009

A German executive sedan for less than $125k? No, your eyes are not playing any tricks

Volkswagen Passat

Hands up if you're the sort of executive who spends half his day driving around from one meeting to the other.

Now if your hand was up, then I'm pretty sure you're also looking for an executive sedan that is spacious, reliable, comfortable, economical and something that's not flashy but has the presence (a bit critical there, I know). After all to impress the clients and colleagues, you have to present yourself across as someone that has taste, is practical minded and of course, can also afford a good car. If you're thinking of a (a) Toyota Camry or (b) Honda Accord, then unfortunately I think you need to be given a wake-up call. Come on, go down to your office car park and count the number of Camrys and Accords parked there by your other colleagues...

"What other choices do I have then", you think. Well sure it's nice to be able to live a little bit excessively with a Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Audi even, but thinking of the long-term commitments, like your kids' college or university fund for example, you jolly well know it's just pointless to pay so much for a set of wheels.

Fret not - let me introduce you to Volkswagen's updated Passat...


The Passat is not a small car and at first sight, this really shows. With a length of 4,765mm, width of 1,820mm and height of 1,472mm, it is just some negligible digits lesser than the perennial favourites 5 Series and E-Class.

The face of the Passat is a handsome one indeed - those Phaeton-like headlamps, sleek foglamps with signal indicators and that prominent chrome large grille that houses the brand's logo dominantly at the centre of it all. So as you can see, I can't seem to find any fault with this aspect of the car.

(Compliment it further with this particular shade of black, the Passat seem to look like the sort of car you see undercover agents drive around in - which is not bad of course, as it seem to scare other cars ahead of you.)
Well if you think the rear looks bare and boring, let me give you my opinion here - at least it's stylish when compared to the usual Camry, Accord or Teana. In fact, when you get the chance to see a Passat parked between those three aforementioned, just take a look and compare them. Chances are, you'll agree with me. Oh, and thankfully Volkswagen did not overdo those chrome linings.

Err... Somehow, those 16-inch alloys shod with 215/55 R-16 Pirelli rubbers look too undersized for this rather large sedan.

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Engine Capacity 1798cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (82.5 x 84.2)mm
Power 160bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 250Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 111.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 218 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4765 x 1820 x 1472) mm
Wheelbase 2709 mm
Turning Circle 5.7 metres
Kerb Weight 1439 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs