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Palas Auto Service Ltd
Saturday, March 03, 2018

PLANNING to drive something more stylish? Then the Volkswagen CC Sedan 2.0 TDI Luxury DSG could be just the car for you

This model features fewer of the glitzy cabin accessories that send the price skyrocketing and more of the basic essentials that a budget-wary buyer would be after.

Now the Passat has had its very own facelift, which has made it much more appealing.

The turbodiesel engine and dual-clutch (DSG) automatic transmission work very well together. With 130kW and 350Nm of torque available, the engine is right up there with the best of the competition.

Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.0 L/100 km and after our week with the Passat, it returned to 7.1 L/100 km.

As the turbodiesel engine wears in and longer journeys are undertaken, there's no doubt it will drop into the sixes and even below that. That gives the Passat a projected range of well over 1 000 km per tank of fuel!

Cruising along the freeway, drinking in the miles and watching the scenery fly by is the Passat's 'home turf' so to speak. The suspension soaks up undulations and expansion joints beautifully.

The Passat's not a car that's likely to be fired through a mountain pass by driving enthusiasts. The steering feel is solid, commanding gentle inputs from the driver to coax the sedan in whichever direction they need it to go. Again, it is a car tailor-made for long-distance cruising.

There's an abundance of passenger space in the Passat, both in terms of head- and legroom. The boot will swallow a decent load at 519-litres and the rear seats fold down in a 60:40 split.

With the seats down, there is a much larger hole to fit longer objects through than in many other cars in this segment. As a practical sedan, the Passat is among the best in its class.

The standard analogue dials are no match for the optional digital cluster that breathes a bit of life into the cabin.

Without fancy gizmos to spruce up the cabin (as fitted to the 2.0 TSI R-Line we tested before), the Passat looks rather bland on the inside. For example, the glitzy Active Info Display (digital instrument cluster) that was fitted to the petrol Passat is replaced by a standard set of analogue dials, which do the job but look dull.

The large touchscreen infotainment system is also replaced with a smaller, more rudimentary version. The latter does have the option of App Connect available, so it will do just about any connectivity job you need taking care of.

There are many sedans to choose from in the business class segment, but if looks were unimportant, we would all be driving a Passat...

Unfortunately, the sales charts say otherwise and the Volkswagen's understated and bland looks are still its Achilles heel.

Available for demo and test drive at the showrooms in Vatuwaqa, Suva, Queens Rd in Nadi and Vunato Industrial, Lautoka.

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