The new Volkswagen Passat won ‘Best Midsize Saloon’ in the Middle East Motor Awards recently, in addition to the many awards comparing all the midsize contender for safety, practicality, affordability and fuel consumption. VW is on a roll with its great design, its German engineering and responding to customer feedback.
The new Passat is the perfect example of the new VW. In the competitive midsize segment it is a leading contender, with its unique heritage of top quality engineering and European styling. It is most definitely the most spacious, offering unbeatable stretch‑out room for all the family and friends. Q-Auto offer four different versions to suit all tastes and budgets.
Whichever you choose, you will be impressed by its good looks and spirited performance. The powerful 2.5 litre engine accelerates strongly, making keeping up with traffic easy and is at all times quiet and relaxing. This power is matched by the superb disc brakes which can bring you to a full stop quickly and, more importantly, very smoothly.
The well-appointed cabin is a pleasure. Front or back, you have tons of room! Shoulderroom, headroom and, especially, legroom. Enjoy top quality material, like the ‘Autumn Burl Brown’ wood finish, and luxurious seats. Genial touches are the cute analogue clock and convenient cubby hole in front of the driver.
The large, three‑spoke multi‑function steering wheel combined with the impressive state-of-the-art entertainment system helps you enjoy a whole lot more; in conjunction with Bluetooth the Passat even offers voice commands. Built-in adapters let you use your own iPod or iPhone to the full and you will be amazed at the sound coming from the 400 watt Fender-Panasonic Hi-Fi sound system.
The latest safety and security systems are all fitted to the new Passat which is shown by the impressive number and quality of the awards that it has already won from numerous agencies. The new Passat: not only stylish and swift but also very safe.
ENGINE 2.5 litre, 20-valve, DOHC, in-line 5 cylinders
TRANSMISSION Six-speed automatic (Tiptronic)
MAX POWER 170 hp (127 kW) @ 5,700 rpm
MAX TORQUE 177 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
MAX SPEED 190 kph
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 9.2 secs
EXTERIOR Exudes an elegant, premium quality on the road with its strong, impressive presence; beautiful sculpted lines and balanced proportions; strong character line from dynamic front end and continuing round the whole vehicle; fog lights and cornering lights; 17-inch alloys
INTERIOR This is an upscale cabin filled with high-quality materials and good build quality; the new Passat is especially roomy in the front and rear, and with an extra large boot; nice feel to the leather-wrapped steering wheel and use of soft-touch materials; there are choices of trim to suit all pockets from fabric to luxurious leatherette; all seats are comfortable and offer good back and thigh support; many convenient storage compartments; electric sunroof; Fender-Panasonic Sound system with 400-watt amp, subwoofer and eight speakers; Bluetooth connectivity iPod/iPhone adapter cable and voice commands
SAFETY/SECURITY Keyless locking and starting system; comprehensive front, side and curtain airbags; four-wheel discs and ABS; traction control; daytime running lights; highest five-star rankings in government safety tests
Q-Auto on Salwa Road will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the latest VW Passat or any of its cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4445 2333.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 61 Winter 2014/15 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 61 for only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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