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Journeys : Apr May 2011
Volkswagen has always meant quality build and attention to detail and in an age of SUVs, how pleasant it is to see the return of the family station wagon. It’s not just the extras like individually-heated leather seats with lumbar support or a slide- and-tilt adjustable sunroof that opens ever y which way without wind noise – it’s also the more practical stuff, like travelling from Hobart to Devonport on a quarter of a tank of fuel. And no, it’s not a diesel, it’s a 1.8 litre 4-cylinder inline turbo petrol engine! The 7-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) is controlled electronically and a gear change will take only three or four hundredths of a second. That means v irtually no interruption to traction, acceleration or power – indeed it’s hard to believe this wagon has only four cylinders. Front, side and curtain airbags are standard across the Passat range, along w ith ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Traction Control (TC). Two-stage remote central locking will guarantee no-one but you, the driver, can get in the car (whether you mean that to happen or not – sorry kids). 17” alloys with continental tyres gives you a heap of rubber on the road that seriously pumps the water out. And even your spare is a full-size alloy. To assist with hill starts, you have an auto-hold function that you can use manually, or program to work constantly. Our Passat had been optioned up with a rear-view camera, making reversing so very easy. Dual-zone climate control, cruise control, auto wipers and parking sensors are standard across the four models, as are adjustable cup holders that will accommodate ever y size of coffee cup and a lockable glove box that is illuminated and chilled. The multi-function display will keep you informed on fuel consumption, distance to empty, trip length and the all-important speed warning. As with all my trips to the North West Coast, it rained constantly, so I was delighted to find a pur pose-built nook in the driver’s side door for the dripping umbrella – yes, that’s attention to detail! ANCAP Rating HHHHH Green Vehicle Rating HHHH She says Lindy George We’ve got great car loans for RACT members. Call 13 27 22 www.ract.com.au 6565 Just as we were going to print VW advised us of the release of the next generation Passat in late April. It is likely there are a few of the current model vehicles still in new car showrooms, so there might be an opportunity to drive a bargain and get your hands on a well- sorted, quality-built, current model in run-out mode. We will do a follow-up story on the new model when we get to drive it. – D M STOPPRESS Life on the move April / May 2011 31
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