Much as we liked the Passat Variant back in issue 065, there’s no convincing the majority of customers away from their beloved sedan body styles. This brings us to the car tested here. In essence, this car is meant for any one who likes the R-Line goodies fitted to the Passat Variant without the extra cargo capacity.
Some of the highlights include re-styled LED headlamps, 18-inch alloys and chrome accents on the body kit to name but a few of the exterior augmentations. Altogether, the R-Line components give the Passat a more assertive stance that could comfortably hold its own against the likes of a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class.
Compared with the latter pair, the Passat R-Line’s interior offers unbeatable inside space, especially as it pertains to rear passenger legroom. Up front, the driver is treated to a full digital display that can be configured to prioritise the navigational map or different styles of dials.
Now that the Passat’s interior has had the upmarket treatment, it is time that VW looks more thoroughly into its parts bin to source a steering column from a class above. Compared to the rest of the interior, the manually adjustable steering column surrounding cowl feels slightly at odds in terms of the perception of quality. A better calibrated steering assistance wouldn’t go amiss either as the current setup feels a little too light and is in need of more feedback.