Anyone seeking out a steady set of wheels that will do the needful more than adequately would find the Volkswagen Passat R-Line more than adequate. With the two-litre turbocharged engine thrown in, it becomes a bit of a woof in sheep’s clothing.
The pleasant exterior of the Passat has been embellished with the R-Line detailing, bumper and sill extensions and paddle shifting. Subtle touches that don’t add too much to the family look.
The LED headlamps and tail lamps offer daylight illumination while a bit of drama when the brake lights switch from a horizontal to a vertical light signature to alert the driver behind.
There’s a deliberate focus on creature comforts in this Passat. The seats hug without restricting and the massage function is always welcomed. Everything is within easy reach and sight, even if the displays tend to be a bit on the bright side. All your devices are easily ported over onto the car’s system for seamless transition.
For the daily runner, this is a smooth choice of chariot. It will fetch you with minimal fuss. The flow of power is steady and always adequate, and if you want to have it growl a bit more, in sport mode, it does kick up some dirt as it sprints forth — 0-100kmh in a creditable 6.7 seconds.
Space in the rear and a huge boot add to the family charms of this sedan. But along with these are the safety features like post-collision braking that allows the driver to steer the car in the event of an accident. The fatigue detection system you could probably switch off since it pops up when you don’t need a cup of coffee.
Not surprising that the Passat grabbed the European Car Of The Year award last year.
Engine: 4-cylinder 16 valves, turbocharged
Max Power: 162kW@4,500–6,200rpm
Max Torque: 350Nm@1,500–4,400rpm
Transmission: 6-speed DSG Automatic
Top Speed: 246kmh
Retail price: *$175,900
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