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VW Passat: Full details

VW Passat

Here’s all you need to know about the new VW Passat.

We’ve previously covered the main points of the 10 different engine options available on the new Passat. The entry-level 1.6 liter TDI diesel with 77 kW (105 PS) coming with a very green 4.2 liters/100 km fuel-economy rating and all the diesels fitted with a stop-start system as standard to improve emissions and efficiency. The range of engines feature economy improvements of up to 18 percent over their predecessors.

New tech on the Passat includes a fatigue detection system, a first for a car in this segment, which comes standard in the Comfortline trim-level and on upwards. Also, there’s a city emergency braking system that works at speeds under 30 km/h that can initiate braking when sensors detect a chance of collision.

Likely a very practical feature is the Easy Open function for the trunk which allows for a person to open the rear boot of the Passat with a foot. motion. The ACC, adaptive chassis control also helps insure a comfortable and stabler ride.

Aside from a 6-speed manual, the 2011 Passat will be offered with both the 6-speed and 7-speed DSG gearboxes from Volkswagen.