Volkswagen’s entry into the Indian market happened with the Passat. The car maker adopted the top to bottom approach following that with the Jetta and then the Polo, Vento and so on. VW also launched the next gen Passat in India that was discontinued owing to lack of sales eventually. But the Passat is now back in India in its all new eighth generation and after being being first showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 in Delhi, VW has now launched the new model in the market. How good is it? The Passat is offered in two variants, Comfortline and Highline and we drove the latter for this review. Here’s all you need to know.
Volkswagen Passat Exterior
The new Passat is based on the MQB platform, which is also shared by the Skoda Superb and the Audi A3. The car has clean design cues and is not at all flashy. Sure it wont stand out in a crowd but is very pleasing to the eyes. Upfront is a three horizontal slat chrome grille along with all LED headlamps. The headlamps and the grille look like they are integrated into a single frame. The front bumper gets chrome trims along with fog lamps and looks quite sporty. Look at the Passat from the side and you notice how understated the design is. There is a deep shoulder line that runs from the front fender to the tail lamps. The sloping roof line also gives the car a very coupe style look. The 17 inch multi-spoke alloy wheels on this Highline variant are nice too. The rear features LED tail lamps and a plain looking boot with a large VW logo in the centre. An XL sized rear bumper with a chrome strip completes the rear.