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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

VW Passat 3.6 V6: Review

VW Passat
Automobile Mag made a review of the 2006 VW Passat 3.6 V6.
Len Hunt, the ebullient head of Volkswagen in North America, says that the new Passat is the first car to show the company's future direction in the United States. "VW is affordable German engineering, fun to drive, and distinctive European styling," he says.

The 3.6L V6 comes well equipped, with front, side, and side curtain air bags, stability control, and active front headrests as standard. A luxury package adds leather, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats; a sport package offers sport seats, steering-wheel shift buttons, and a lowered and stiffened suspension. Stand-alone options include a navigation system.

The Passat 3.6L V6 is really fine, although it's admirable rather than exciting to drive. And while a well-equipped car undercuts an Audi A6 3.2, it is quite pricey compared with sportier Japanese cars such as the Acura TL and the Infiniti G35. Then again, the V-6 model is expected to account for just 25 percent of Passat sales, and on this evidence, it looks more like a bargain luxury car than an expensive family sedan.


Source: Automobile Mag


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