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2015 Volkswagen Passat estate 2.0 TDI BlueMotion first drive review

Autocar

08 October 2014

Spacious, comfortable and practical, which are exactly the qualities potential buyers will expect from the mid-range Volkswagen.

With outstanding refinement and the very latest in connectivity options, the new Passat also feels a good deal more mature and sophisticated than its predecessor.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder common rail unit produces a peak power figure of 148bhp at 3500rpm, along with 251lb ft at 1750rpm.

The engine uses a new mounting principle that, with greater rigidity to its new hot formed steel body structure, is claimed to further dampen vibration and, in combination with improved sound deadening properties incorporated within the engine bay, provide it with generally more refined nature than before.

And so it proves, too. The expected volume seller of the new Passat line-up idles quietly with only a slight trace of traditional diesel chatter. On the run, the engine is quite smooth and engagingly flexible, making it an agreeable if not particularly sporting option.

The standard six-speed manual gearbox operates in an unobtrusive manner with an agreeable lightness to the weighting, although for those who rack up big distances the optional six speed automatic dual clutch gearbox with optional remote shift paddles is well worth consideration. Both units come with standard stop/start and brake energy recuperation functions and channel drive to the front wheels.

Volkswagen claims a 0-62mph time of 8.9sec for the manual, and says the model can average 68.9mpg. CO2 emissions are claimed to be 109g/km.

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