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Is the Passat really that good?

the VW Passat was Car of the Year Europe for a month or so ago. So it must be good. And maybe even so good that it matches the luksusbilerne in the class above the Passat?

the jury for this Year Car got too much good red wine for the food, or is the Passat really so good, that it should have the price to be the year's biggest bilnyhed?

Back in 1996, told VW that their new VW Passat could compete against more expensive cars, and mini in 2011, it was the same trick in the game again. And when the brand new version of the Passat was presented in the fall of 2014, history repeated itself once again.

It is a big word, but when the right must be right, the VW Passat has always felt more expensive than rivals from Opel, Ford and Toyota. In the cabin were the materials just more inviting, and measured on the experienced quality in the cabin is the new Passat a class in front of the aforementioned competitors.

Tight, functional and nicer built. Such was the Passat, and how is Passat

Contacts and grip the which unmistakable the morning table was, which comes from the right combination of delicious surfaces, weightiness and mechanical sounds, which follows a push of a button or a angry on a rotary knob.

The play here. The operation from the central monitor is really logical. Here you can adjust how fast the underbody should be. It is standard on the top model.

But the fine sensations in the cabin do not do a premiumbil alone, right?

I have been running two Passat's recently - the 150 hp diesel version and the 240 hp four-wheel drive model, which is quick and exclusive.

The small plate reveals that the car has all-wheel drive. Usually pulling the car only on the front axle, but when it really counts, cast rear wheels

Afterwards, I stand back with a clear picture of the two cars and is not in any doubt about any of it, I even prefer ...

The expensive of them is equipped with a roar of a 2-liter diesel engine with two turbos, a completely newly developed piezo-electric activated indsprøjningssystem, a bang a torque of 500 Nm, all-wheel drive with the latest edition of Interested electro-hydraulic clutch. 0-100 km/h is done in 6.3 seconds, and overtaking is get over with quickly and safely. In short: an orgy of technique and effort.

Kraftwerk: The 240 hp diesel is a newly developed and draws like a man possessed

The not-so-pumped 2.0 TDI is more down-to-earth - both in price and effort. But the 150 dieselheste makes a more than decent work. You have plenty of forces in everyday life and on your holiday, and best of all, it is noisy less.

the Passat is more tight in the cover to look at than ever before.

But what køreglæden?

The new Passat is said to run more engaging than the old one. I partially agree with. In principle, the Passat is built on much of the technique found in the VW Golf.

the Wheelbase has been extended, and the trade wind is clearly more comfortable. The steering feels roughly as you know it from the Golf and Skoda Octavia - direct, liniært, but without the great feedback, and in direct comparison with the Ford Mondeo is experienced Passat less playful on the twisted road. If you play up to fun in the street, gives the Passat you effectively, but also as a compliment.

There must, however, be no doubt that the new Passat is more enjoyable to take a swing the little in on a winding road than before, and perhaps more importantly, in everyday life, trade wind, a great pleasure to run far in. The car is both retningstabil and quiet.

Behind the wheel to recognize the Passat from earlier. Everything is tightened up, the materials have got a nøk on kvalitetsoplevelsen, and mostly operates completely by the book with one exception.

VW has simply been too ambitious in trying to get the features as close to the driver's hands as possible. There are simply too many buttons messed things up submenus on the steering wheel, and so, I regret that VW has moved the cruise control from a stilkkontakt to a less obvious location on the steering wheel itself.

VW has moved a lot of functions in the steering wheel. It may close on your fingers, but you need to spend too much mental energy to navigate the drop-down menus in the dashboard, when you operate the buttons on the steering wheel

And now we are in the department of the hernia, I just have to hang me in a detail.

If you buy a car, which costs 650.000 kr. (555.000 kr. in beskatningsværdi)plus it solve called competitors are no longer the Ford Mondeo, but the Audi A6 2.0 Is Ultra with 190 hp, which is cheaper on beskatningsværdi. And even if the 240 hp Passat is both faster and better equipped a Audien, when not in the Audi A6 of sophistication.

The syvtrins DSG-gearbox combined with a stop-starter system, which has not changed fundamentally in the last seven years, shifts lightning fast, but in combination with the stop-start system is automatgearet come at a difficult task.

When the engine is put in motion, when you step on the accelerator it gets followed up by a soundtrack, which is an old Volvo worthy. Trade wind is shaking itself like a wet dog, and you can hear the mechanics between the starter and flywheel. Rysteriet be followed up by a strange disinclination from the car to roll forward when you press slightly on the accelerator. And that - and only that - pills something of the gloss of the car.

What is interesting is precisely the fact that the Audi can figure it out on their facelifted A6's with their version of DSG-geared, which Audi calls S-tronic and behave more civilized. It is not available to VW.

See the test of Audien in this feature:

Then one can of course contribute to an Audi, of course, must be better than a Passat. But it is, however, unforgivable when you know that a Peugeot 208 to 130,000 kr. or a Hyundai i20 for the same price has a stop-start system, which is almost silently.

In a way, it is a bit liberating for some, to know that the VW, after all, is the best at everything they do, but it will also a line in the bill for him or her, buying the car or is taxed by a good half a million crowns in connection with the erhvervsleasing.

And that is precisely why provides the cheaper the 150 hp version more sense. For it is all the other easier to swallow the small irritations for a car with a beskatningsværdi for 360,000 dkk. instead of the 555.000 kr. as you will be taxed in the top model.

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