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Pushing the envelope

Just like the Volkswagen Golf, the Passat has remained exceedingly popular over the years as a reliable and stylish vehicle. The new Passat was unveiled last September at the Paris Motor Show and has been a hit with the public ever since. It has continued to push the boundaries and is widely regarded as a quality vehicle with much to offer. Drivers will be spoilt with its fresh appearance both inside and out. A handy feature on the exterior is a thin plastic film that has been sandwiched between two layers of the glass on the windscreen, cleverly positioned to reduce noise transmission. The TSI petrol engine also significantly lowers the engine noise entering the interior of the car. So you can enjoy a quiet, uninterrupted drive from the word "go". In terms of safety, the interior boasts six airbags, ABS and an automatic fatigue detection system, which monitors the driver’s responses and gives a loud and visual warning when he or she is growing tired on the road – an ideal tool for long distance driving. The new exterior includes clean lines combined with a more defined grille and angular headlights. The fresh look continues on the inside with the revised dashboard, new seats, updated centre console and trim finishes. On the side of fuel efficiency, the new Passat is available with either a 1.8 TSI 118kW or a 2.0 TDI 103kW engine. Here, we will be focusing on the 1.8TSI DSG Comfortline model. Carried over from the previous generation Passat, the 1.8 litre engine now boasts a fuel consumption of 6.9 l/100km. Drivers also have a choice between six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes. With a sprint time of 8.5 seconds in 0-100km/h and a top speed of 220km/h, the Passat also ticks the power box. It has a combined fuel economy figure of 6.9l/100km (7.0l/100km for DSG) and CO2 emissions of 160 g/km (162 DSG) which rates it fairly high in the eco-friendly ranks. We also love the heated seats that warm up in seconds at the touch of a button. Just what we need to keep warm in icy cold weather! Even better, the Passat is equipped with Park Assist, a handy function that uses sensors on the front, rear and side of the car to plot the ideal parking manoeuvre when you’re parallel parking and reverse parking into a space at 90 degrees to the road. The 1.8 TSI Comfortline retails at R294 000 and comes with a 3 year/ 120 000 km manufacturer warranty and a 5 year/100 000 km Volkswagen Automotion Plan. House and Leisure's Motoring Writer Francois Pretorius says, "I'm beyond impressed with this car and would love to do a road trip with it. At the price, with its standard list of features and willing TSI engine it's a steal." Images courtesy of