2006 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
There are 4 user reviews for the Value Edition trim shown below
- safety features
- gas pedal to close to brake pedal, poor gas mileage in city, low tire pressure light stays on.
when driving in the city Vehicle RPM's get as high as 3000 before it will shift into second gear. Also, my Vehicle sounds like a diesel when starting and when stopped at a intersection. I've always owned VW's however, the Passat Value Addition is a major disappoint to me. I purchase a new vehile every two years and VW has always been my first choice. Thank for your time and the opportunity to vent....read morehide
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- Safe, well designed, excellent fuel economy
- premium gas, sloppy steering, turbo lag, weird electric parking brake
Purchased the Passat two weeks ago after researching for a long time. The main reason is that I got an excellent discount, $6000 off the MSRP on a Value Edition. That put it in price range of a Hyundai Sonata or Mazda 6. I bought a Mazda 6 for my wife about 5 months ago.
The Passat is very comparable to the Mazda 6 in size, handling and acceleration, even though the Mazda 6 is normally aspirated and has 25 HP less. I like the looks of the Mazda 6 better and the steering is more precise. The cabin of the Passat is about 2 inches wider, and the car comes equipped with 6 airbags versus 2 standard on the Mazda 6. The Passat also gets better mileage. Over the first 1500 miles, I've average 27.9 in combined city and highway driving. One trick I've learned from watching the real-time MPG display: the air conditioner is a major drag on the small engine and really impacts the mileage adversely.
The Passat is relatively slow off the line given an engine rated at 200 HP. Essentially, the way it achieves good gas mileage is by powering the car with what amounts to a small 4 cylinder engine until you kick in the turbo by cranking up the revs. It hits 200 HP only around 5500 RPM, and you seldom reach that point in ordinary driving. Even with the "S" transmission setting and stomping on the gas, it's only moderately fast off the line. On the other hand, the 60 to 80 acceleration is excellent and the 80 to 120 acceleration is phenomenal.
The car is also deceptive in its feel. It's noisier at low speed than I expected it to be. The Mazda 6 does a better job of damping noise and vibration at lower speeds. However, vibration and noise actually settle down a little above 30, except for a fairly restrained turbo whine. The effect is that once you pass 30, you can find yourself going 50 or 60 without realizing it. 60 feels not much faster than 30.
Overall, I like the car and feel I got good value. I would have preferred the DSG transmission. If you aren't in a hurry and like VW products, the DSG may show up in the Passat in another year or two, and it'll cut a second or so off the 0 to 60 time. The Jetta GLI has the same engine with the DSG, and surprisingly is almost as heavy as the Passat, but gets 6.4 zero-to-60 versus about 7.6 for the Passat.
I almost went for the GLI, which was more fun to drive, but needed the extra legroom for my growing kids and was a little worried about the reliability record of the Jettas built in Puebla, especially at a time when they are having major labor unrest. The Passats are built in Germany and should hold up better over time....read morehide
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- Affordable European car for the Conservative thinker, Fun to Drive, Economical Luxury
- Repair cost more then the standard Japanese competition, noisy engine if not maintaned right.
This is a great toy for the looks, Fun to drive like the Usual Volkswagen. Has the soul of European Prestige at a great price. Has options that only luxury cars might have, Leather seats, GPS, Power windows, ECT. Handles great, but could be better, especialy on sharp angles. The thing I don't like is the cost I have to pay the car mechanic, which is higher then a Japanese car of the same stature. The fuel economy is about the same as an Accord or Avalon, Which is fine. I reccomend this car for European car fans who want one at a good price to afford aswell as people that regard good looks....read morehide
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- Plentiful standard features, comfort, driveability, sporty yet luxurious
- Mirror joystick, chrome around the gearshift annoys the driver
I wasn't really looking for Passat when I was buying a new car, as I didn't know they had a new trim for 2006. The old trim was a bit small for my needs (family of four). They got me with their 0% offer, and once I checked the car out I absolutely loved it. It is sporty, yet it's a family sedan at the same time.
In addition to its great looks, what I liked most is that even the Value Edition comes with features that are usually considered optional in many other cars (front, side, and rear airbags; traction-control; stability control; leatherette seats; good stereo even without optional Dynaudio; cruise control; telescoping steering wheel etc.). Passat has a luxurious feel to it, even at Value Edition. Yes, it is more expensive than Accord or Camry, but if you add all this equipment to your basic Camry or Accord I guess the price would be very similar.
The car drives and handles very well -- it's robust and stable on the road. The 2.0T engine gives plenty of power. Even though the car is big and heavy, this engine acceleration is excellent.
The only complaints I have are the mirror joystick as it feels imprecise and fragile, and the chrome lining around the gearshift. In mid-day when the sunlight comes vertically from above, this chrome gives a refraction that is noticeable and somewhat distracting. I rectify that by putting something over it, but I would recommend changing this in future versions of Passat.
Overall, it's a great car, among the most luxurious in its class....read morehide
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