Finally the better-looking Passat is now here The all-new eighth generation Passat comes in two engine variants This one is the mid-range 1.8 TSI Comfortline with 7-speed DSG gearbox It gets smaller rims, different interior trim And lesser things to play with, as compared to the one right here Which is what we’ll be focusing today It is the top of the range 2.0 TSI Highline Don’t be fooled by its looks It’s actually a Golf GTI I’ll get into that later but first the beautiful exterior The entire front now looks elegant, unlike the dopey-looking B7 I like the adaptive LED headlights and together with a new front grille It creates that strong presence that demands your attention The rims are 18-inch in size but I don’t quite like the design The door mounted side mirror looks good and I like this strong shoulder line That lowers down the car visually The rear looks so much better right now With a refined set of LED headlights and strong curved lines The bumper integrated exhaust tips? Yes, you’ve guessed it right. The are fakes And yes, you’ve also guessed it right: double tailpipes hidden underneath there But it’s okay I’ve got something more important to address The badge This might actually confuse other road users or even the owner himself It is not a 3.8 liter TSI engine It is also not a 380 horsepower TSI engine It is actually for Volkswagen to remind themselves that the engine in this car produces…Somewhere around 380 Newton Metres of torque While the 1.8 variant, it is somewhere around 280 Newton Metres of torque Volkswagen just write it down your little notebook And not confuse us like that I like being in here. It feels and even smells premium It is spacious too Check out how Volkswagen try to gain more room By minimising the width of the dashboard And the sloping glove compartment for maximum legroom In fact nothing here feels chunky, so that you get more space The soft touch material in here feels really nice.. and soft of course Storage bins they are lined with felt and rubber padding The middle bit here the vents, it is fake but it looks alright And they even managed to make the wood trim looks contemporary, and I like it And I’m not even 40 yet This Vienna combination leather seats, well they’re not exactly soft but.. It comes with adjustable headrests Which is not entirely new but like that Steering wheel with paddle shifters, well it can be a bit meatier But the buttons on it, they all feel very
expensive And I like this emblem right in the middle, with piano black finishing around it That’s very nice One of the key highlights in here is this 12-inch Active Info Display Somewhat similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit You get to view the navigation map right in front of you And there are five viewing modes to choose from But then you can’t change the entire theme of the display But it’s good enough for me because it looks really good In the center bit here you get this analog clock Which is a nice touch because it somehow makes it a bit more…”Premium-er” The display of this 6.5-inch Discover touchscreen infotainment system is sharp It comes with Mirrorlink, navigation and reverse camera It is also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible Down here, climate control settings is very straightforward Very easy to use and I like this center bit here With the piano black finishing And the Engine Start/Stop button is nice as well There are two cupholders over here, there’s this adjustable armrest But sadly The compartment in here isn’t very big Now the glasses compartment here.. feels How do I put it? “Less expensive” And if you’re not careful you might even cut your finger on the sharp edges And yeah, this borderless rear view mirror is actually very nice It is very spacious back here, ample legroom plenty of headroom And enough space for three adults There are aircond vents with controllers Electric rear sun screen which you can control from the front Armrest with, well “less expensive” cupholders And, ISOFIX safety features For those who are traveling with children Especially toddlers, please use a car seat A carseat with ISOFIX feature is safe and very easy to use Simply push out the latch and push it in to the ISOFIX point Hook on the Anchor Point back here And then just fasten it, and it’s done You and your child can now travel safely There are three things that I quite liked back here #1: Easy open rear boot And #2: Power boot lid which makes it super convenient And #3: The boot space itself Dump all these things in, easy-peasy One full set of luggage bag, one cooler box And a full-size stroller for your child If you think you need more space, simply pull this latch And the seat will fall flat for more boot space And by the way there’s a hidden hook for you to hook your groceries Clever eh? Powering this hot German is a very special engine A two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged TSI engine, with a
six-speed DSG gearbox That came in straight from the Golf GTI Yes, you have heard it right.The Golf GTI So it produces the exact same amount of power and torque figures 220 German hp, and 350 Newton meters of torque 0-100 in just 6.7 seconds And thanks to Volkswagens MQB platform, the all-new Passat is now larger in terms of Dimension and wheelbase length but it is 90 kilograms lighter than before Safety wise it comes with six airbags ABS with BA, ESC, Hill Start Assist, Automatic post collision braking system and ICRS or Intelligent Crash Response System Which is basically a safety feature that automatically unlocks all doors, Disable the fuel pump and switch on the hazard lights when a collision is detected This top-of-the-range Highline Variant gets Lane Assist as well Which makes sure you stay in your lane by subtly pulling you back in So now, how does it drive? I’m not sure where to begin with because this car Does come with quite a lot of things to play with Now for instance, check out this awesome Sport Performance Display It shows you g-force meter, boost gauge, Oil temperature and current power output! In a D-segment family car! OK now, for those who are not into performance gadgetry, well you can go onto the Think Blue Trainer, which is always by your side To make sure you have the most economical drive And while we’re at it, turn on the seat massaging function And enjoy the slow drive Well then of course before that You need to go onto the DCC or Dynamic Chassis Control That comes with the Highline Variant, GTI stuff “Eco” or traffic jam mode as I would call it For the most economical and comfortable slow drive When you’re cruising your family “Comfort” mode obviously So that everyone is in a good mood Normal mode for your quick daily drive to work and business meetings In normal mode the ride is a bit on the harsh side It is slightly better in the “Comfort” mode It drives like how a Passat should be with light steering feel And power delivery on this thing is very impressive But the initial turbo lag it’s quite apparent There’s another thing, the tyre roar is a tad too loud in here And now the best mode..Well not really the best mode… The second best mode, “Sport” mode for your therapeutic weekend fun drive Or when you have a very important meeting to rush to I said the second best because, the best mode is still “Individual” You get to personalise and get the right balance between
Comfort and Sport When you’re in sport mode you immediately get to feel that the car comes to life It’s like a nine to five day job accountant, turns into a… German ninja hero warrior, person kind of thing The steering wheel tightens, the ride stiffens, all already for a spotty fast drive The engine goes into “S” mode and it sounds grunty and angry And just like a Golf GTI, this car is equipped with XDS Or electronic differential lock It applies brakes on individual wheel to reduce understeer And oh..It works! Going through corners on high speed.. Like a NINJA! This thing is so powerful, you even get torque steer from standstill Activating the traction control It might sound like it’s all good in here, with big power and big smile But it can get quite scary because it is quite a large car to drive in a Golf GTI Which brings us to the possible “Big Buts” from you guys “A D-segment car with so much power? Is it even necessary?” “What? You’re gonna drive it a maniac even with the family in the car? The ride is going to be so hard!” “Who in their right mind is gonna get a family car that drives so quick?” Well…I would Especially with DCC’s “Individual” mode I can choose “Comfort” ride, “Sport” steering And “Normal” drive for the engine And when I want a burst of acceleration at the lights… I will just flick the gear lever, and go on “S” mode And go for it Why not? Now I know what this is.. This is a Golf GTI… in business suit I think there’s something missing in this car So, #isthiscar4u? Well if that little car guy is inside you is screaming.. “Where can I find a golf GTI with space comfort and practicality as a family car?!” Then yes because #whosaysunclecarhas2beboring right? But if you think, “Whoa! This is just too fast for my family” but you still want to have that continental drive and feel Then probably not. You should then consider The Trendline or the Comfortline instead If you want to find out more about the all-new Volkswagen Passat B8 Highline Do log on to AutoBuzz.my If you like our video, do give you the thumbs up and don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking on the subscribe button below And the engine start/stop, engine start, start engine stop, stop/start button..push engine. Yeah, that thing .