THE plumage of a Norwegian Blue parrot is of such beauty that even a dead specimen for sale in a pet shop would unzip the wallet of any obsessive bird lover. Beautiful things do that to people. Unfortunately, beneath the glossed veneer of some cars lies a lifeless character as irretrievable as the heartbeat of John Cleese's Norwegian Blue. But not so with the Volkswagen Passat. Now in its fourth decade in Australia, the Passat has been dosed with an efficient engine range and a strong chassis.
VW Passat 2011 review
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Looking for a Volkswagen Passat - ? Register your interest for later or request to be contacted by a dealer to talk through your options now. Incredibly spacious as a saloon or estate, excellent range of engines and trim levels, comfortable and refined on the move. Understated styling bordering on dull, uninspiring to drive, Skoda Octavia and Ford Mondeo are better value.
New 2011 Volkswagen Passat - full details
Although Volkswagen refers to this as its seventh-generation Passat , a more accurate representation is that this is a comprehensive refresh of the previous-generation Passat introduced to the UK in rather than an all-new car. Thicker glass and more sound deadening materials have been employed to provide a quieter cabin, while all diesel models use stop-start and battery regeneration technology and are now badged BlueMotion. The engine and trim line-ups are identical in either saloon or estate form. Matt Saunders Road test editor. VW says its desire was not to revolutionise the Passat but to enhance its competitiveness.
But in Australia, while it's considered more a premium car, it's never been styled or marketed strongly enough to grab a major share of the premium buyers. The cabin is functional and well-finished, with quality materials and switch feel. The previous model was five-star and this one lifts the bar, with increasingly clever tech features joining the barricade of airbags, crash-retracting pedals and a solid — although weighty — body.