The interior of the Passat can be seen as a portal to the inner self, as entering the car made us experience a deep emotion. No, the cabin doesn’t bring anything stunning to the game (it's a Passat, how could it have done that?). Actually, the emotion we felt when we entered the vehicle is special through the fact that it combines two moderate, but totally opposite, sensations.
We appreciate and disapprove of it at the same time, as it offers excellent ergonomics and makes everything clear, using precisely as many buttons as it is necessary, but does this relying on bits and pieces that come from the pre-facelift model or are shared with other vehicles wearing the VW badge.
So, you open the door, get a reminder of what you’re getting into (the “Passat” aluminum door sills take care of that) and climb into the driver’s seat, which, in our case, came finished in a combination of black Alcantara (used for the center of the seat) and leather. You can immediately find the proper position and start your journey.
Again, we were privileged, as the example we tested provided electric power for the driver seat’s reclining and lumbar support functions. Speaking of seats, the front ones do a pretty good job at relaxing you during long journeys, but could use some extra lateral support.
But this is not a driver’s car, and, this time only, we’re not saying this in a bad way. A journey in the Passat, can be enjoyed by any of the car’s passengers, as both the front and the rear space allow you to feel comfortable. Your luggage will be able to stretch its legs too, as the sedan comes with 565 liters of boot. The Passat makes you feel at home – literally, as it has learned a trick from its hatchback siblings. In the luggage compartment, you’ll find two levers that allow you to fold the upper section of the rear seats (asymmetrically) and fill the interior with whatever you need to take with you.
For the “additional storage spaces” chapter, we’ll mention that the ones in the front doors manage to rival black holes and that both the front and the rear armrests come with such features, with the latter armrest also offering an opening big enough to allow a supermodel to pass from the back seat to the trunk.
We must now return behind the wheel to tell you that the design of the exterior mirrors, which leaves quite a bit to be desired in terms of visibility, as we felt that we would’ve really preferred them to have a more conventional shape in order to benefit from a larger “Active” area - we’re especially referring to the lower corners here.
We didn’t necessarily plan to do this, but it happened. On its way from the lever that allows you to adjust the seat’s horizontal position to the gearstick, one of our hands hit the plastic that covers the steering column. This was an unfortunate event from the auditive point of view. Yes, a part of the interior elements, including the Phaeton-like analogue timepiece mounted just below the central air vents, give the impression that they are nothing but empty boxes when you physically interact with them.
All in all, the interior offers a cosy experience, with the “everything fits just fine” impression described earlier spreading to many details, such as the foot rest, which seems to be placed at just the right angle and distance.Continue reading