I never expected to do a deal,but i had read alot of good things about the new passat, and went for a test drive.I tested the V6 SEL and i fell in love with it. I've had it for 1 month 1000 miles. I still love it, No problems so far.
I purchased my 2012 Passat on April 22nd. 1. Infotainment unit was replaced after 2 visits to the dealership. 2. Infotainment continues to not function properly. 3. Driver side door rattles and squeaks upon opening and closing of door. 4. Steering Wheel is not aligned to center. 5. Strutts replaced due to loud noise upon turning left or right at high and low speeds. 6. The dealership has yet to resolve other issues.
I love this car. After serious comparison shopping, no other car in the class came close in terms of interior size, instrument layout, and aggressive pricing. The car is well appointed, handles and rides nicely, and has a great service agreement. Many reviewers have said is that the styling is boring. Sorry, but I got mine in black/black and it's anything but boring. I'd call it "classic." And it's a design that will stand up over time. In fact the 2012 Passat is an antidote to the excessive curves and swoops of the Japanese makes. Definitely put the 2012 Passat on your list if you're looking for a mid-priced sedan.
I recently leased this car because it caught my eye while working one day. The interior space is awesome!! We are big people all over 6ft. Legroom to spare all around. Fun to drive when shifting to Sport-Mode. Great bang for buck!! All my neighbors seem to love it. My only gripe so far is the car doors make a boing sound when closing them. I don't like that and find it annoying. Overall I'm pleased and I would recommend this car for looks, interior space, and decent performance.
With the new Passat, what grabbed me was the luxurious exterior style...without knowing any better, you'd think it was an Audi A6, which the Passat shares the same frame with. The interior space is unbelievable paired with a HUGE trunk...best in both areas in the "Mid-Size Class." I like technology, well I got everything I need a lower trim on the Passat: Auto headlights, bluetooth, a Premium 8 touch-screen radio with SIRIUS (YAY!), dual climate control. The car is extemely user friendly and the dash layout is flush and simple...not complicated or a million buttons like Honda. The 2.5L engine is SMOOTH!! No hesitation in acceleration, jerking, all around THE BEST CAR I'VE BOUGHT!
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
170 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
177 @ 4,250
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.04; II = 2.37; III = 1.56: IV = 1.16; V = 0.85; VI = 0.67; Final Drive = 3.87
It has that strange inline-5 sound. Stability control cannot be switched off. It's quickest in Manual mode (although it still shifts for itself at peak rpm), and Drive, Sport and Manual modes all shift at 6,000 rpm. Quick shifts. Power braking allows wheelspin for a quicker start, but it triggers stability control and slows acceleration times. Manual shifting comes via console-mounted lever (pull back for upshift). Does not blip throttle on downshifts. Will not hold gears to rev limiter.
Firm pedal action with short travel. The car tracks straight but there's lots of ABS commotion and the majority of distances were on the long side. First stop was shortest at 123 feet, while longest stop of 132 feet came on fourth of six stops.
Non-defeat ESC. Skid pad: Steering effort is noticeable but not too heavy. Good sense of impending understeer and very little intrusion by stability control, but very poor throttle response. When ESC intrudes, it merely breathes the throttle almost imperceptibly. Good ESC calibration with good vehicle balance. Slalom: Nice crisp turn into corners. Linear yaw reaction and proves neutral in rapid transitions. Predictable responses mean ESC doesn't intrude unless there's a good reason. There might be another 1 mph speed in this car if the ESC didn't intrude, but that's about it. When ESC does kick in, it uses quick, sharp brake applications to keep the nose of the car tucked into the apex of a turn without altering course much. Again, a sophisticated and well-balanced stability control, but throttle response is so poor that we're unable to take advantage.