The 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI is essentially the uprated seventh-generation Passat B7 that packs some new equipment and a lower price tag. The Passat was VW Malaysia’s first CKD project out of its assembly plant in Pekan, Pahang. When I was offered the D-segment premium sedan to review recently, I pounced on the opportunity to be reacquainted with the brilliant TSI-DSG combo.
My last proper experience with a VW vehicle was back in 2011 when I was still writing for MPH’s Cars.my magazine. I fell head over heels with the DSG gearbox and the impressive TSI engine on the Polo 1.2 TSI, Golf 1.4 TSI, Scirocco 1.4 TSI and Passat CC 2.0 TSI. Needless to say, VW had to literally pry my hands off the steering when I had to return the cars after the review. proper.
My couple of days with the Passat was spent with some city driving before I decided to take a two-day break to Tanjung Sepat, a coastal town of Kuala Langat, about 1.5 hours from Kuala Lumpur. The destination was perfect to test different driving conditions for the car, and also provided an excellent environment for some photos. Perhaps it was just an excuse, as I just missed the seafood, fishballs, ‘bao’ dumplings and local coffee there, some things Tanjung Sepat is known for.
Check out more gorgeous shots of Tanjung Sepat
New kit for 2014
First, a quick overview of new features on the 2014 Passat. Some new additions are: uprated RCD 510 car radio player with Bluetooth connectivity that allows telephony connectivity and audio streaming; 12-way adjustable electric front driver’s seat with memory function; anti-theft alarm system with electronic immobiliser; and electric folding side mirrors.
Exterior: Pleasant, though not sexy
The Passat isn’t what you’d call a handsome car, but it does have an understated elegance and style. The front valance is consistent with the rest of VW’s fleet, with the corporate face looking more Polo than a Scirocco or Passat CC.
In my opinion, it looks better from the front than the rear, and thanks to the bi-xenon headlamps that help to add a modern touch to the otherwise conservative styling.