2015 Volkswagen Passat: Conservatively elegant, and a sports sedan to boot

20 Jul 2015 | 1,406 views | No Comment
      By Don Hammonds
 Could the 2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SE and its fellow versions of VW's midsized sedan be the Bentleys of the family car segment?
Could be!
First, they are conservatively elegant. Second, they handle quite well, and are fast in a very subtle sort of way. And they are impeccably put together.  Sound like any  car you kjnow?  Bentleys, of course.
Now, we are not suggesting that the Passat is a good substitute purchase for the Bentley.
But we are saying that each of the many models in the family car field have their own quite distinct personality.  Chevy's Malibu is a worthy competitor of Toyota Camry.  It's not flashy.  Looks good enough to be easy on the eyes. And comfort is its claim to fame.  Ford's Fusion and Nissan's Altima are the sporty drivers' cars among family models.  Honda's Accord is the one that can be just about anything you want, its so versatile.  And Chrysler's 200 is for the design and styling lovers of the family car market--sharp as a tack, looking like Audis on the cheap.
       So that brings us to our test car, the Passat,  the elegant, luxurious one of the bunch.  See what we mean?
Our test car was a 2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSE, with a price of $36,840.
Performance is the Passat's strongest selling point.  it comes with a 1.8 liter turbocharged four producing 170 horsepower and a six speed automatic transmission. It is  no race car, but it does move pretty briskly. Handling is phenomenal and it corners flatly at all times.
  And if safety equipment is a big thing with you, you will be happy to know that the Passat is quite well equipped.all with all requisite bells and whistles present. Passat received a good rating for offset frontal, side with all side airbags and rear crashes by IIHS, and it also has an Intelligent Crash Response system. When it comes to styling, as we said, the Passat is a rather stately looking family car, with a strong sporting streak, though you would not know that to look at it. It is a pleasant looking three box design that is inoffensive enough, but it is no attention getter, and that may soon be an issue in a segment of the market that has become style conscious. On the other hand, it is one of the roomiest cars on the market, andhas a huge trunk as well. It is a perfect cross country travel car and its strong handling and acceleration prevents boredom on the road.Standard equipment includes all power assisted accessories,  PremiumVII touchscreen radio and. CD changer with MP3 playback and eight speakers, BlueTooth, rear view camera system, heated front seats, air conditioning with rear vents, leatherette seats, cruise control, and plnty of other perks. If you want to sit in the lap of luxury German style, you've come to the right place. It's no accident that the Passat is as gorgeous as it is inside because after all, it is from the same company that has the luxury Audi division.  so what do we expect except fabulous here?  And fabulous is what we have. VW is at the top of its game in this area, and the expensive looking fittinngs,flawless fit and finish and two toned color themes  make for a very expensive looking interior. Lots of stretch out room everywhere.
       If you are concerned about service and protection after the purchase, don't. The Passat has a 3 years,36,000 miles basic warranty, along with a five year, 50,000 mile powertrain limited warranty. But judging from the solidity of the Passat, and the Fort Knox sound that the doors, trunk and hood make, this car is built like a tank, and we saw not a single thing with the car that would suggest trouble ahead for owners.
       We really loved the Passat because it's so beautiful inside and so much fun to drive.  Though we could wish for a little more expression in the design, like you get with the gorgeous Volkswagen CC sedan coupe, this car has much to recommend it--and set it apart from its competitors in its field.

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