Same story as the previous Passat: nice performance but cheap quality materials. Just wait a couple of years and you will see how the interior plastics begin to rapidly deteriorate and the allow wheels begin to peel as an act of magic. And be ready for electronic issues due to its over-engineering. Start with that parking brake switch (oh my!).
On 29 March 2011 at 18:48 UTC, What an ugly car said:
What an ugly car, serious now... I'm not being sarcastic at all. Really had high hopes for the new VW Passat and this is a big let down. The interior is simple and beneath mediocre for its class and price tag. The entire review carefully follows the appropriate steps not to offend the dealership nor to have a bold opinion about something that is awful at the present moment, but has an "established image". And while you state that the fuel consumption was surprisingly low, you can actually see a difference of more than 2-liters/100 km (more than half a gallon in US) on your road test compared to the official figures. It is a physical barrier for the 2-liter diesel unit which won't fall even if you strip the car of about 1 full tonne. But that's why marketing was created, to legally cheat and deceive buyers. The true score for this car should be of about 30-something points: ugly, lame, pathetic, deceiving, over 80% identical with the last generation.