• The Passat, sharing common styling with the rest of the Volkswagen range, looks great from the front
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  • The chrome highlights around the grill really announce the Passat, although it looks a bit garish matched with Deep Black paint
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  • Parallel crease lines down the flanks present an elegant profile
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  • Chrome highlights continue around to the rear
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  • Note rear parking sensors, boot mounted lights are different (only one reversing light) and VW logo boot release
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  • This Passat is a TDI model but there is no mention of this via insignias on the car
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  • The rear lights look great and the finish is great
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  • Note the circular ring of LEDs around the main lights
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  • Indicator on to show the LEDs in operation - this is really eye catching when travelling behind a Passat
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  • Rear VW logo forms the boot release - a common design element across a number of current generation Volkswagen models
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  • Opening the boot
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  • Right, rear lights - no reversing light on this side
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  • Dividers in the left and right of the boot proved to be handy for holding items likely to slide around otherwise
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  • Flip-down hooks in the boot for holding shopping bags are a simple, but really useful idea
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  • The floor of the huge boot hides a full-sized, alloy spare tire - take note BMW
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  • The boot lift arms are contained internally so they never get in the way of your luggage
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  • More eye catching LED indicators are hidden in the wing mirrors
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  • Downward angled exhaust pipes are the only indication from the outside that this is the TDI model
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  • Biodiesel is banned! From all reports though, it works just fine
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  • When it comes to filling up, you don't want to mistakenly put petrol in this puppy - half the car has to be taken apart to get to and drain the fuel tank
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  • Great torque from this engine
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  • 17 x 7.5" 'Le Mans' alloy wheels standard with 18 x 8" 'Chicago' alloys with lowered sports suspension an option
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  • Halogen headlights standard with Bi-Xenon headlights an option
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  • They definitely look a whole light brighter at night!
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  • Front VW logo is super shiny
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  • 4 cylinder in-line turbo diesel
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  • Ingenious umbrella holder with drainage inside the drivers' door
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  • Bring your own umbrella though - there is not one supplied with the car, or a Volkswagen branded option available for sale in Australia
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  • The driver's seat has 6-way electric adjustment for backrest and lumbar
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  • Left hand steer stalks on a right hand drive car... grrrrr
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  • The seats are comfortable
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  • The driver's view - note auto-off headlights which you can leave on permanently without flattening the battery
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  • Chrome hightlights make their way inside the car as well
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  • Fuel cap release and boot release very close together
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  • All the ususal electric gizmos
  • The magic Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission is very slick indeed and takes the guilt out of driving an automatic-like vehicle
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  • You can hold the transmission in gear if you like which is helpful when you know the DSG is going to shift up a gear and you don't want it to
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  • Turning the engine on and off involves pushing in the fob-like key
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  • The 6 disc in-dash CD changer is a nice touch and is hooked up to a great 8 speaker system
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  • You can pretty much drive the car just by flicking the great cruise control on and off
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  • Dual-climate control up front with automatic climate control which will chill a hot car in a hurry. Not much use for seat warmers in Brisbane though
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  • Carbon fibre like silver finish is slick without screaming "I cut down a forest to bring you this wood finish". Coin trays either side of the hazard light are useful
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  • Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) Off button for extra fun on a wet road. Auto Hold is for hill starts in a car without a hand brake
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  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror is brilliant
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  • Sunglass holder failed our test and was too small for the sample sunglasses - John Lennon would probably have been happy though
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  • Individual reading lights up front and two in the rear as well
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  • View of the passenger dash - lots of hard plastics but the finish is high
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  • Centre console has slide lid
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  • Key fob has remote lock/unlock and remote boot release. Note lack of traditional cut key appearance
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  • Hidden inside the key fob is an electronic-free, plastic key for all the Aussie surfers. It wont turn the car on, but the plastic key will let you in and protects the $500 key fob from surf damage
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  • The centre console lid slides back to reveal a storage area with two retractable drink holders
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  • More of the dash
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  • Automatic rain sensor works as advertised and makes wet weather driving just that little bit easier
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  • Glove box has dedicated location for the manual, just pull that orange tab
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  • The Passat manual and its home - weeks of reading for those so inclined
  • This rotating knob will let airconditioned air into the glove box to keep your beers chilled, or not as you desire
  • Good visibility for the driver
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  • Rear passengers all have headrests and three point seat belts
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  • Rear seat fold-down arm rest
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  • Split folding rear seat backrest (60/40), lockable load through provision for your skis
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  • Rear arm rest has a small amount of storage - about enough for a CD case
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  • More impressive than the limited storage in the rear arm rest is the cool pop-out drinks holders
  • Rear passengers get good-sized vents and a second 12 volt socket
  • On the road the steering is very light
  • Don't worry, driving on the left side of the road is perfectly safe in Australia
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  • Our first look inside, this car has the optional leather pack
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  • Looking good on the road.
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  • The instrumentation lights up like a christmas tree in the dark
  • You get around 1000km / 620 miles on a tank
  • At night everything is sooo pretty
  • Left steering wheel mounted buttons - the phone and star buttons are not enabled in Australia. Boo!
  • Instruments when the engine is on. Its very cool to watch the DSG transmission change up and down the gears on the tachometer
  • Everything glows either red or blue
  • Menu system for setting preferences, time, etc. works well
  • Park brake enabled via a push button
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  • Turning it off in the dark shouldn't pose a problem
  • Now this is a good idea - past the vertical dotted line on the right wing mirror, the mirror distorts to give you a better view of your blind spot
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