2012 VW Passat VR6 4Motion EuroSpec First Drive – Review…

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2012 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 VR6 Euro-Spec

Should we want we can’t have?


JENS AND THE MANUFACTURER

Volkswagen has shifted a lot of its to the U.S. market, so much so we now get a dedicated Passat. Should we be or should we lament the fact we don#x2019;t get the European model?

We the new-for-#x2019;12, U.S.-built Passat, rides on a longer wheelbase and has sheetmetal, as evidenced by its comparison-test against a Honda Accord V-6 and a Hyundai Sonata last But whereas our car is large and roomy Americans in mind, the European remained closer in size to its when it was redesigned for 2011. over its 106.8-inch wheelbase. 3.6 inches shorter than the Passat#x2019;s.

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We straight to the top of the tree for our drive, free the loftiest Euro which packs a 300-hp, VR6 and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. The VR6 is the same engine that#x2019;s in the U.S.-market Passat, albeit an additional dollop of horsepower. The engine makes 300 hp at 6600 the U.S. Passat is rated at 280 hp at rpm. Maximum torque is the at 258 lb-ft, but peak twist is over a slightly broader rev in the Euro-spec car, from to 5300 rpm instead of 2500 to The VR6 routes its power through the dual-wet-clutch six-speed automatic on both continents.

The VR6 AWD European Passat weighs in at a 3950 pounds; VW says it can hit 62 mph in 5.5 Our European test car#x2019;s top was governed at 155 mph, and we repeatedly that speed without (The U.S. VR6 is governed to 126 We like the flexible, smooth and its slightly aggressive sound. As on our the powerplant and the six-speed dual-clutch box a great team; the DSG offers shifts (they can be manually with paddles on the steering a trait that makes the of the engine#x2019;s linear power In terms of fuel consumption, the Euro car doesn#x2019;t fare well. We found it difficult to do than an indicated 21 mpg. In the comparo, we measured 27 mpg with the Passat and the Accord and

26 with the Sonata.

As the Passat is fitted with drive, torque steer is a This European model neutral while cornering, but not to say you can steer with the go pedal. The setup is a front-biased system a Haldex clutch that can up to 50 percent of the torque to the rear. The differential system#x201D; (XDS) control incorporates a brake-based slip#x201D; function for the front that somewhat successfully the real thing when out of corners. The electromechanical power is exceptionally light yet provides information about road There is an adaptive, adjustable system called dynamic control (DCC) that steering, braking, and acceleration. DCC in auto works well, as comfort nor sport mode is extreme. At a minimum, having the to firm things up addresses one of our complaints about the car: Its is too soft for enthusiastic driving.

Xenon lights no longer are on the U.S. version, but the European VR6 is available with Bi-Xenon ordering them adds LED The Euro Passat has an electric brake, the U.S. model the interior of the European model is with real wood, the model#x2019;s isn#x2019;t. The aforementioned DCC isn#x2019;t offered in the U.S. One in our favor: The Euro car#x2019;s seat is not as spacious as the Chattanooga-built

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