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2006 Volkswagen Passat Review
A favorite wagon or sedan in its class.
Reviewed by Automotive on
Since the 1990's, The Volkswagen Passat continues to be a favorite within the midsize family cars. Consumers agree since the sales for the Passat have increased over six-fold since its introduction. The wagon and sedan duo work well for those drivers that appreciate being different in a world of mainstream vehicles. The price may reflect the ability to set the Passat apart from others with the individual European engineering and style. The Volkswagen Passat fell slightly behind American and Japanese competitors though many reasons exist that urge a buyer to consider the 2006 Volkswagen Passat.
Volkswagen's goal was to build a more luxurious sedan and redesign the car from roof-to-rubber. The newer 2006 Volkswagen Passat is longer by 3 inches and also wider than earlier generations, providing an increase in legroom of approximately 2.4 inches. The cabin has a redesigned, sharper look and feel. Class-leading materials and an upscale appearance within the interior of the Passat give more reasons for the popularity. Already spacious inside with storage options, the 2006 Volkswagen Passat adds even more containers and larger bins, plus an umbrella holder.
There’s even more excitement placed under the hood of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat with the two-liter, inline-four, turbocharged engine that supplies about 200 horsepower. It has 207 lb-ft of torque and matches with the manual six-speed or the VW’s own six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The body structure of the Passat is stiffer than before and the independent suspension gives a sportier handling.
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed Tiptronic automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Passat Value Edition, Passat 2.0T, Passat 3.6, Passat 3.6 4Motion
The 2006 Volkswagen Passat is resigned inside and out. It increased the cabin space and is three inches wider and longer than the previous model. Choices of engines are a turbocharged, four-cylinder two-liter, and a V-6 3.6-liter; the previous diesel option is dropped. Models are recast and renamed the 3.6 4Motion, 3.6, 2.0T, and Value Edition.
The 2006 Passat has various standard exterior features like the steel 16-inch wheels on the Value Edition models, and the alloy wheels on the 2.0T and 17-inch wheels on the 3.6 model. The 3.6 qualifies for upgraded 18-inch wheels, bi-HID adaptive headlights, and sport-tuned suspension. The optional features that can spruce up the exterior are the power sunroof, and a multitude of color choices.
Interior standard features vary. The Value Edition model comes with steering wheel with tilt and telescoping functions, air-conditioning, cruise control, MP3/CD eight-speaker audio system, leatherette interior upholstery, power windows and locks, power heated mirrors, trip computer, and keyless entry. The 3.6 model offers the satellite radio, and CD in-dash changer. Some of the options include the automatic climate control with dual-zone functions, power front seats, and aluminum or wood interior trim.
The 2006 Volkswagen Passat cabin feels comfortable, very upscale , and gives an immediate atmosphere of luxury. The cabin’s redesign added some legroom to the back seats and more space in the overall cabin.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Volkswagen Passat Value Edition comes with the two-liter, inline-four turbocharged that produces 200 horsepower with 207 lb-ft of torque. The engine works well with the manual six-speed or automatic Tiptronic six-speed. All of the 3.6 models have the 3.6-liter V-6 and provide280 hp with 265 lb-ft torque. Volkswagen offers V-6 models with only an automatic transmission.
Handling is excellent while driving the 2006 Volkswagen Passat with the well-balanced chassis and potent engine options. Both engines are adequately worthy of the average driver, but the V-6 provides ample power for any type of driving. Even though the suspension calibration leans towards sporty, the Passat has a smooth ride quality and comfort for an entire family.
All 2006 Volkswagen Passat sedans have standard anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, side airbags, full curtain airbags, and anti-whiplash head restraints. Side airbags for the rear seat are an optional feature for all models of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat. A neat feature offered is a brake wiping system that keeps brakes clean and effective during wet weather conditions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Passat Value Edition: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Passat 3.6: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Passat 3.6 4Motion: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Excellent handling
- Engines are powerful
- Smooth riding
- AWD availability
- Quality materials and build
- Roomy interior
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- More expensive than competitors
A favorite wagon or sedan in its class.
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