Efficiency is majorly important in Singapore as vehicles with bigger engines need to pay more tax. For that reason Volkswagen has decided to downgrade their engine down to 1.4 litres, an engine well known to the Golf. The vehicle has now been placed into Category A. Driving around will still provide moments of excitement despite the downgrade in power. At most, the car will push out 122 BHP.
When compared to the Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI, the car weighs 150kg heavier. Despite that, it still feels fairly quick off the mark. You do not feel the heavy weight difference much. From 0 – 62 MPH, the car reaches hits a decent time of 10.3 seconds.
There is an all-wheel drive system fitted to the vehicle. The seven speed DSG dual clutch enables the car to run perfectly. Measuring in at 4.8 meters in length on top of having a 2,712 mm wheelbase, the vehicle is clearly large. The interior of the car is quite roomy and also has quite a nice design. There is the same amount of equipment as a standard 1.8 TSI Passat. The only difference is the rear view camera, a GPS navigation system on top massage abilities within the seats.
You do get keyless entry and start, a handy in neat feature. Active climate control is also included as is an Easy Open boot lid. A simple air kick opens the boot.
The steering wheel mounted paddles help the driver feel as if they are driving a sports car. They also entice the driver to get the most out of the TSI engine. The suspension delivers a nice comforting ride, soaking in those uncomfortable bumps. It’s also quite sporty in some ways, taking corners at speed without too much instability.
For a Category A vehicle in Singapore, the Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSI is certainly a car well worth purchasing. It offers a great drive and performance, comfort, efficiency and value for money. This is a prime example of Volkswagen adjusting their vehicles to suit different car markets across the world. It appears to be the complete opposite of Ford’s One strategy.