By Alex Povolotski on
2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
VW Passat is a great feat of German engineering. Autobahn for all, after all :-) The exterior is to fall in love for, interior is good and minimalistic, too but the drive feel... The steering is speed sensitive and I absolutely loved it! But... The speedometer has small numbers on it that are hard to read, so it's not clear from a quick glimpse on it whether you're making 60 or 70 km/h. The transmission is lovely, very responsive and seamless. You really cannot feel it but the engine is unrefined. Usually, I'm a big fan of smaller engines because of their efficiency, and almost limitless possibilities for improvement. But turbo lag kills me. Not responsive at all and jolty!!!
Dashboard, transmission, suspension.
Improve fuel economy. 2.0 litre engine drinks like a herd of horse! Thirsty! Mostly because of turbo but there is turbo for me equals unrefined engine. A lot of lag between the time you hit the gas and turbo kicks in and lot of jolt as a result. I prefer pure atmospheric more rounded motors.