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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Volkswagen Passat

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Expert's Rating

5.0Excellent

MPG 24 City / 33 Highway
Pros
  • Upscale interior
  • Smooth ride on highway
  • Optional premium stereo system performance
Cons
  • Expensive options
  • Questionable reliability history
  • Bland styling

Introduction

The Passat is offered as a front-wheel drive four-door sedan with three engine choices; a 170-hp, 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder, a 140-hp, 2.0-liter TDI diesel four-cylinder, and a 280-hp 3.6-liter VR6. Numerous transmissions are available, a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic with the 2.5L, a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG with the TDI, and a six-speed DSG is standard with the VR6. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, engine immobilizer and an intelligent crash response system that unlocks all doors, shuts off fuel and electrical supply and turns on the hazard lights. Standard creature comfort features include dual-zone electronic climate control, front and rear centre armrests, trip computer, keyless entry, automatic headlights with coming home function, cruise control and Bluetooth phone connectivity.For 2012, the Passat is completely redesigned and re-engineered inside and out.

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