The Volkswagen Passat has been revitalised with a comprehensive update, and it’s time to catch up with this dependable friend to find out what’s new
SINGAPORE – For nearly five decades, the Volkswagen Passat has delivered top quality German engineering and elegant sophistication for those looking for a premium executive saloon. Today, the Passat has forged a reputation for dependability, and you know exactly what you’re getting when you own a Passat.
In a way, the Passat is like an old friend, one who’s always been there for you through the ages. And now, the Volkswagen Passat has been revitalised with a comprehensive update, so it’s probably a good time to check in with this friend to find out what’s new.
It Looks Even Better Now
The Passat remains a familiar presence, with a design that’s timeless and classic. But its styling has also gotten a few updates to keep it looking fresh.
The front and rear bumpers have been redesigned, and so has the radiator grille. Meanwhile, at the back, the ‘Passat’ logo is now located centrally on the boot lid, giving it a more stylish look. In Elegance trim, the Passat also now features Volkswagen’s IQ.Light, which introduces LED matrix headlights and LED taillight clusters with animated indicators for added sophistication.
They may be small touches, but they make a noticeable difference to the Passat’s looks. It’s like a friend who’s gotten a slick new haircut or a wardrobe makeover; it brings out a new sense of style, but the very essence of its appeal remains as enduring as ever.
It’s Been Working Out
Not literally, but the Passat now boasts more power, much like a friend who’s been to the gym and is now fitter than before.
The updated Passat features an upsized 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine that produces 190hp and 320Nm of torque, allowing it to go from 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 238km/h. Its seven-speed DSG gearbox is a perfect complement to the engine, enabling the Passat to be quick on the draw.
Despite the added brawn, the Passat is also frugal, with a quoted average fuel economy figure of 6.4L/100km, proving that you can have both power and efficiency without compromise.
It Has Upgraded Itself
Self-improvement is a necessary part of today’s fast-moving world, and the Passat has also been updating itself to keep up with the times of today. A whole new slate of digital upgrades helps the Passat remain at the forefront of technology, and ensure that it stays ahead of the pack.
It now features the third generation version of Volkswagen’s Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) system, which incorporates functionalities like the Discover Pro navigation system with gesture control, and App-Connect, which enables connectivity to your smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for even greater convenience.
The Active Info Display, meanwhile, provides all the key necessary driving information to the driver, in a high-resolution, fully-digital display for supreme clarity. It also offers customisable instrumentation styles, allowing the driver to view the information in a format that he finds suitable.
Like an old friendship renewed, the Volkswagen Passat remains the same solid and dependable companion that it always has been. But it has also continually improved itself through the years, helping it garner plenty of respect and admiration along the way. It’s certainly good to know that the Volkswagen Passat has been doing very well indeed.