New Pas­sat shorter, smarter

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE -

THE shorter, lighter Pas­sat that made its de­but last year in Paris has ar­rived in SA.

It is the first VW with stan­dard headup dis­play and ac­tive info dis­play.

From the driver’s per­spec­tive, the pro­jected data ap­pears to be lo­cated two me­tres in front of the Pas­sat.

This re­duces eye fa­tigue by re­duc­ing the num­ber of times driv­ers have to re­fo­cus as they do not have to shift their gaze back and forth be­tween the in­stru­ments and the street nearly as of­ten.

The head-up dis­play is ac­ti­vated by a sep­a­rate con­trol next to the ro­tary light switch.

As with Audi, nav­i­ga­tion in­for­ma­tion on the in­stru­ment clus­ter can be shown in either 2D or 3D views on a 12,3-inch dis­play, and its 1,440 x 540 pixel res­o­lu­tion en­ables ex­tremely pre­cise, high-qual­ity graph­ics and in­ter­ac­tive dis­play of all de­tails.

In Nav­i­ga­tion mode, for in­stance, the speedome­ter and tachome­ter are re­lo­cated to the sides to make more room for the map, and in­for­ma­tion on driv­ing, nav­i­ga­tion and as­sis­tance func­tions can be in­te­grated into the graphic ar­eas of the speedome­ter and tachome­ter as needed.

Data that is dis­played on the cen­tre con­sole via the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, such as phone con­tact pages or CD cov­ers, can also be shown in the Ac­tive Info Dis­play in the Pas­sat. The new gen­er­a­tion of in­fo­tain­ment de­vices is char­ac­terised by bet­ter sys­tem per­for­mance, backed by eight speak­ers front and rear.

Four mod­els are avail­able, each cov­ered by a three-year or 120 000 km man­u­fac­turer war­ranty and five-year or 100 000 km Au­to­mo­tion Main­te­nance Plan. All mod­els have a 12 year anti-cor­ro­sion war­ranty and ser­vice in­ter­vals are 15 000 km. — WR.


1.4 TSI Com­fort­line 110kW Man­ual R378 800 1.4 TSI Com­fort­line 110kW DSG R398 800 1.8 TSI High­line 132kW DSG R444 200 2.0 TSI R-Line 162kW DSG R476 800


The new Pas­sat is 2 mm shorter but has more in­te­rior space and fea­tures the first head-up dis­play as stan­dard in a VW..

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