2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
There are 2 user reviews for the 2.5L S trim shown below
- back seat room, great handling, quiet, stiff body, very affordable
- front seats are poorly contoured and not VW-like
Purchased As New
My 2012 Passat has a manual transmission, and it feels like a rocket after test-driving the automatic, which in normal automatic mode only sees around 2,000 RPM on the odometer. I have found that the assembly quality is excellent, and after 1100 miles (I know, too early to tell) there are no quirks or rattles. The "hill holder" feature, which works whether on up slope or down is very cool and has no switchgear etc., so nothing complicating clutch use. I have had clutch cars all my 40 years of driving, with a few M-Benz exceptions, and this is the first time I've had a "hill holder" feature.
In terms of handling, this car is impressive in direct correlation to its speed, seeming nimbler and more responsive as higher speeds are attained. I enjoy the great sound (even in base S-trim) and consider the car a well enough equipped car--no NAV, no power seats or leather, no sunroof-- to be a STEAL. I paid $19,045 plus $495 dealer prep, plus taxes, and for that you get sophisticated chassis, disc brakes and ABS, cruise and climate control, steering wheel controls, electronic stability and other traction systems, Continental tlres, and a spacious, roomy, quiet cabin. My highway-only caper early on got 36+ miles per gallon at high elevations, which delighted me. The front seats depart from VW's traditionally outstanding ergonomics, and seriously detract from the car's otherwise high integrity and quality
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