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Test: Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI 150hp Sport (design, interior, mechanical)

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Published at Monday, May 02nd 2016, 02:35:03 AM by Leonard J. Martinez. Volkswagen.

This week we bring you the proof of one of the most important and representative models of the Volkswagen range. We are talking about the Passat which in its recent eighth generation gives us a new view of a saloon concept that Wolfsburg have failed to exploit fully throughout its recent history.

For our test we have had a version that is postulated as one of the most important data for the number of sales which is none other than the diesel 150 hp which in our case was riding the automatic gearbox DSG and finishing Sport . Throughout the analysis as always we divide into two installments we can go all the features that make the Passat has set very high in order to attack forces a segment rife with competition.

Design

At first glance we already find the first news of the new Passat which opens a much more personal and sporty aesthetic than its predecessor although the main features leave no doubt that we are facing the same model. The sporty look is achieved thanks in part to an increase in the width of 12mm and 14mm reduction in height which also has its impact on its dynamic qualities.

The dimensions of this new generation are 4.77 meters long 1.83 meters wide and 1.45 meters high. The wheelbase has increased by no less than 79 mm to be fixed at a generous 2.79 meters.

The front area is the one that receives the most significant changes with a new optical Full LED that give it a modern and technological aspect. Both headlights are joined by a horizontal chrome grille design that emphasizes its width at the same time it gives an elegant touch. The lower area follows the same trend with the fog lights at the ends of an air inlet also crossed by a horizontal chrome.

The short front overhang leads to a side of long lines and smooth line. The roof features from the heads of front occupants a discrete drop that merges with the rear window and this in turn with the tailgate. In version Sport the Passat rides a alloy wheels with five double spokes mounted tires measuring 235/45 / R18.

The rear area is smallest variation with respect to the previous generation and now features a slightly stylized drivers feature LED technology for all its functions. The lower area has a chrome line which continues the area that runs along the side and in this version the exhaust tips are hidden behind the bumper.

Cabin

When opening any of its four-door Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI welcomes us with an attractive bright and built with quality materials for both the eye and to the touch interior. The design except small strokes is not too far from what until now we knew and also reminds us quite other Volkswagen models. The dashboard has a clean design thanks to the absence of too many buttons and moves the game chrome horizontal lines outside the area of the air conditioning vents.

Probably the most notable new feature is the addition of fully digital instrument box called "Digital Cockpit" that dispenses with traditional physical indicators to provide a display that can configure to our liking at all times to display the information that interests us. Not only gives a modern and technological touch to the driving position but also improves visibility in all lighting conditions and their menus are really well designed.

The central touchscreen is not far behind and although I have already had occasion to test it on several models of Volkswagen group continues to surprise me intuitive operation and the quality of the touch panel. It has a proximity sensor that detects when the hand closer to deploy additional buttons and ease of use.

Our unit equipping a full black leather seats including electrically adjustable and functions of heating cooling and massage which are comfortable for long journeys and not be weary least. The rear seats have a very generous space for both knees to the head of the occupants although comfortable traveling exceed eighty meter tall. These places have temperature control the air conditioner.

The trunk of the sedan has a capacity of no less than 586 liters -21 liters more than the previous version which places it as one of the more capable sedans today. It is not only large but also has solutions to accommodate the load as a hook for hanging bags or spaces to the sides so that small objects can not go moving through it. Under the tablet we found a spare wheel of the same size as the rest and alloy rim.

Mechanics

We tested the diesel version 2-liter four-cylinder that yields an output of 150 hp between 3500 and 4000 rpm and a torque of 340 Nm between 1750 and 3000 RPM Par. It is a turbocharged engine that stands out for its smoothness and low noise and getting approve a figure of average consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 km.

This engine pushes the Passat from 0 to 100 in 8.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 220 km / h. The power is transmitted to the front axle via a automatic transmission called dual clutch DSG. The operation of this automatic transmission close to perfection and represents one of the most desirable extras that has this car.

The address is electric assistance and they and the -independent suspension to be equipped four-wheel Chassis Control--Dynamic the DCC system that will allow us to vary its hardness and response to suit different driving modes.

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The second part of the test will be dedicated to see how all these mechanical elements are translated into our usual test drive and consumption. Also we know its price list and equipment for our country.

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