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Old 29th July 2007, 16:13   #1
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Smile Driven: VW Passat Diesel DSG ...

Drove the Passat Diesel today . Kashyap motors, New delhi has a silver one with black interiors . At first you would find a lot of resemblance to the passat's siblings - the audi a6 and the skoda superb. the french beardish grill looks great along with the headlights. moving on to the interiors, they are sportier than the superb and camry, and the high quality materials feel better than they look. It has the same key like the s class and pushing it starts the engine which is quiter than the superb but louder than the camry ( petrol advantage...).

Looking at the centre console, the alluminium looks great. the music system doesn't sound that great and isnt worth talkin about.The air conditioning is pretty effective.

Till the moment i stepped on the accelerator i thought 24 lakhs for this VW might not be worth it but then it all changed. The car felt faster than the Diesel V6 superb and the new 2.4 camry. The car had the dsg box which is found on the superb but in the superb ,to engage it into manual you flick it to the left, in this you flick it to the right. I personally loved the DSG box .

Kashyap motors is getting the first 20 indian made passats in a week and
Looking at the overall package for 24 lakhs i'd give it 8 out of 10 stars ....

And oh yeah... the pics........












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Old 29th July 2007, 17:50   #2
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You found the 2.0 tdi faster than the Superb 2.5 tdi ?
At 24 lacs its a sure hit!
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You found the 2.0 tdi faster than the Superb 2.5 tdi ?
At 24 lacs its a sure hit!
I wouldn't be surprised. The 2.5l in the Skoda is an old school engine while the 2.0l in the VW is latest technology.
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That's interesting pricing to say the least. Is it ex-showroom or on-road? Point to see in the future is whether the Indian consumer thinks that the Passat is good value at a price near to the C/3/A4.
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very good pics! looks good.. i notice that the bottom plastic skirtings are black!? ugly i feel. is 24L ex-showroom or on-road price?
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I personally dont like the design of the passat. Not a very big fan of the " french beard " , the interiors are amazing on the other hand. I am in love with the dsg gearbox, after experiencing a laura dsg. The shifts are butter smooth, and instantaneous. Wouldnt buy one with my own money, would buy a laura. I am a single driver so dont want a car so big, the laura has decent power too.
ps: it also is couple of big ones cheaper than the passat.
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WOW 24 lacs seems like a good pricing. Frankly the rear end is not something not to die for and overall spoiling the looks of the car IMHO
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V10 its the Laura that comes with DSG not the Suberb.
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V10 its the Laura that comes with DSG not the Suberb.

yes its a 5 speed automatic with tiptronic...
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vw really has a tuff time pricing these cars with skoda already present in india with a premium image...as such imho, vw is a newer brand for most ppl compared to skoda...so vw has a tough job pricing its cars equally or more than the skoda...

with such bland looks all the more difficult i guess
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looks a bomb. tho I dont approve of those corolla-ish tail lamps. Somehow didnt like it at all on the corolla.
The gear lever just begs to be touched... ooooommmaaaaaannn....

btw, where is the handbrake? also dont you need the key to start/stop? Its got a nice ignition swtich.
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btw, where is the handbrake?
You can see the handbrake on the right of this picture. Super cool button.

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You can see the handbrake on the right of this picture. Super cool button.
oooh... that was a button? I thot it was just a tell-tale light. Looks cool, but then it does take the fun out of engaging the handbrake using a nice lever. But its perfect for an AT me thinks.
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So indian made Passats are on sale next week? I thought VW is still setting up the factory!
I expected the price to be a little lower than 24 lakhs if its CKD. At that price range i guess the new C-class would be worth the wait.
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Thats an electric park brake being pioneered by Audi and VW.
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