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VW Passat 2.0 TDi Highline

Broadcast dates : 23rd October 2005
29th October 2005

The Volkswagen Passat has already been favourably received in Europe, where it went on sale after breaking cover at the Geneva Motor Show. It arrives here with a choice of five engines and three different trim levels.

The engines are 1,9 and 2,0 litre diesels, 2,0 litre petrol FSi engines in normal and turbo form, and the range-topping 3,2 litre V6, which not surprisingly comes in Sportline trim.

Our test model was the 2,0 litre Tdi Highline model, which comes with a range of luxury items including 16-inch alloy wheels as standard.

With the styling of the new Passat, Volkswagen has gone for a strong corporate nose with a rather massive VW logo.

Towards the rear, the sheet metal flows neatly into the very large boot. The overall effect is graceful, if somewhat understated.

Perhaps the most striking features are the aerodynamic lip on the bootlid, and the distinctive rear-light clusters, which give the car its signature.

In view of its practical nature, we felt the 2,0 litre diesel engine makes good sense for the Passat. And this diesel engine has excellent levels of refinement.

The wood trim option on the Passat doesn’t harmonise well with the rather muted interior trim.

Polished aluminum panels are standard and we’d go with these.

Apart from the electronic parking brake, there’s also an incline-hold function which makes pulling away on a slope a breeze.

Other interior features we enjoyed were the climate control system, the standard leather upholstery in the Highline model, and the fact that the new Passat has grown considerably in terms of space.
Despite a significant increase in size, the new Passat weighs the same as its predecessor, and this has been achieved by the extensive use of high-tensile steel.

Special assembly technology has resulted in an extremely rigid body shell. These joining techniques including structural bonding to supplement the traditional spot-welding process, resulting in a very safe structure.

A rigid body shell also means greater suspension control for improved handling and comfort.

Family performance and economy is what the diesel model is all about. But the potent petrol 2,0 litre turbo and 3,2 V6 versions offer sports car performance. And perhaps this is what the Passat needs to give it just a little more edge.

The 2,0 litre diesel engine produces an impressive 103 kiloWatts and 320 Newton metres of torque. It breaks the ten second barrier for the 0-100, and runs on to a top speed of over 200 – more than adequate for an executive family sedan.

Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDi Highline
  • Engine: Four-cylinder turbodiesel, 1 968 cc
  • Power: 103 kW @ 4 000 rpm
  • Torque: 320 Nm @ 1 750 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 9,8 seconds
  • Top speed: 209 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 5,9 litres/100 km (claimed)
  • Price: R252 000
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