Putting the “People’s Car” back into Volkswagen – we review the 2012 Volkswagen Passat with the 2.5L powerplant
Offered at a reasonably low price-point, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is incredibly refined both inside and out. Not to mention, remarkably refined on the road, with handling and ride comfort rivaling sedans twice the price.
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This 2012 VW Passat 2.5L you see here starts at $29,375 CDN MSRP. Tack on the Technology Package and Sport Package for $2150 and $1050, respectively, and you’ve got a sleek, stylish sedan with decent cargo and ample cabin space, all for $32,575 CDN MSRP (before taxes/fees).
Sport Package adds 18” alloy rims with all-season rubber; Carbon interior trim; paddle shifters (with automatic only); rear spoiler; and sport seats. The Technology Package includes a Fender premium audio system with 400-watt digital sound package; and the RNS 510 Navigation System.
Things were not always so modest for the Passat. I recall, just a few years ago, the VW Passat selling for nearly $8000 more at the starting point. Same goes for the Jetta, such as ours, we paid well over $30,000 for the 2006 Jetta 2.0T. Today, both models can be had for much less, nearly half the price, with the Passat starting at under $20,000 (yes, that’s the number 2).
Volkswagen has struck the balance producing an affordable Passat sedan without compromising too much; retaining the Passat’s premium vibe (i.e. quality materials found throughout the cabin with excellent fit, finish, and craftsmanship). A vehicular detoxification, if you will, rendering a refreshed and streamlined 2012 Volkswagen Passat sedan at a price we can all afford…particularly, young, growing families.
Under the hood
Volkswagen offers the 2012 Passat in three diverse powerplant options: a 2.5L 20-valve DOHC inline 5-cyclinder engine making 170hp and 177 lbs./ft. of torque; the popular TDI diesel with 2.0L 16-valve engine making 140hp and 236 lbs./ft. of torque; and the more robust 3.6L 24-valve V6 putting down 280hp and 258 lbs./ft. of torque.
My 2.5L was impressively quick, both at the traffic lights and in the higher RPM range—overall, offering more power than what you might be expecting. And, when you’re hauling a family the added power can be a true asset, particularly on the highways where passing acceleration is important.
The 2012 VW Passat 2.5L with the Comfortline package including Treadline+, as tested here, comes with 17” alloy wheels; 8-way power driver seat and 6-way front passenger seat; alarm system; centre slideable armrest; chrome exterior window surrounds; diversity antenna; front and rear reading lights; MDI (Media Device Interface) with iPod connectivity; power sunroof; SIRIUS satellite radio integrated; and the Titan Silver interior trim.
Competitors for the 2012 VW Passat 2.5L include the Toyota Camry L, Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5, and Honda Accord Sedan LX. All priced within $2000 with the Passat coming in the lowest.
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