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2006 Volkswagen Passat Value Edition Bookmark

The Good :)  Smooth and quick manual 6 speed.  Amazing turning circle.  Loads of power available anytime.  Great steering feel.  Excellent interior and exterior build quality.  Solid feel throughout like no other.  Umbrella holder in drivers door.

The Bad :( Graphite look trim too plasticy.  Basic items like dimming side rear view mirrors and Xenon headlights needed standard in 2006.

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VW has been making some great cars lately and its time to give credit where credit is due.  German craftsmanship and quality can be had for all drivers in America thanks to VW.  The all new sixth generation mid size VW Passat offers more refinement, technology, and fun behind the wheel.  Having recently tested the Passat 2.0T model, it was a joy to test this Value Edition.  Please see our article on that model as well for some great photos and more information on the Passat. 

            Exterior styling in the 2006 VW Passat Value Edition is almost like that of its higher priced iterations.  Smooth flowing lines and a tall cabin give the Passat presence.  The front end is marked by the new face of VW.  We liked the large grill wrapped in chrome accent, but the quirky headlight design gives it a shy overall appearance.  It's interesting to see how subtle design changes make such a big impression.  Audi, which has a similar center grill design, looks more aggressive while Volkswagen's look tamer and family oriented.  We were a little surprised to see wheel covers on this base model which does make the Passat look a bit cheap in a world where even a Kia has alloy wheels as standard equipment.  The Passat does earn loads of points for its overall build quality.  The doors felt strong when opening and closing and all the body panels were tight fitting with minimal gaps.

Interior design and quality are both superb.  The overall scheme is similar to a BMW in that wedge shaped trim is mixed with curves such as on the dash as well as flat angular pieces for a modern look.  The dash flows away from you while being tall and substantial looking.  The door trim is also quite high giving an enveloped feeling inside.  There is a nice wide arm rest on the doors and the window buttons are placed perfectly at your figure tips.  All parts are smooth fitting and we found everything to feel good to the touch.  The air vents feel solid and strong, the door pulls are real metal and feel great, grab handles on each seat that fit your arm as you sit facing forward are a favorite. 

Most interior parts on the Passat Value Edition are plastic but have a leather look and a high quality feel.  Only the grab handles on the doors and power window switch area is a smooth black plastic which feels a bit cheap but is still better than any car in this price range.  We did find the steering wheel to be a little slippery and wished VW would just give a leather steering wheel at standard equipment given that a genuine leather aftermarket wheel cover only cost $30.   

Large bottle holders in the doors up front are quite useful in today's 'pay for water' world.  The stereo is simple and large with huge buttons for station selection; it cannot get much simpler than this.  Sound quality is good, above some of the base versions of stereos we have used.  It certainly gets very loud and offers descent bass.  The climate controls are also just below the stereo and are manual dials for temperature and direction as well as fan speed.  The Passat lacks automatic climate control in this Value Edition model.  The air conditioning system features a pollen and dust filter. 

The engine key is a type that you must insert into a slot in the dash and then push to start the vehicle.  It would make more sense if you could just leave the key in your pocket and unlock and start the car with a push button.  A simple trip computer for two presets is offered in the nicely illuminated instrument cluster.  The instrument cluster is similar to other VW's and is surrounded by chrome dials. There is a nice information screen between the dials that displays basic, but useful information such as travel time, digital compass and temperature.  We did not like the graphite trim used on the dash and around the instrument cluster, wood or real aluminum would have looked nicer and felt better.  Power windows with pinch protection are standard with an easy automatic up feature in all windows.  Heated and powered outside mirrors are standard as well.

Seats up front are comfortable with a long leg cushion and nicely sized back bolsters.  The seats are manually adjustable so if many different drivers will be using the Passat in your home, all this maneuvering can get tiring.  Both front seats offer height adjustment, a must have for us while driving. Both driver and passenger seats have 6-way adjustment, and manual lumbar support.  There is a 60/40 folding rear bench seat that is useful when you need to make trips to home depot. Tightly carpeted floor mats are standard and we might add that the carpeting in the Passat is much higher quality that on most cars we have tested in this price range. 

            The Passat comfortably seats five adults which is plus for long trips.  Rear seat comfort is excellent with great leg support and a perfect angle of tilt for the seats.  A split folding rear seat with valet lockout is standard and very useful.  Everything feels of high quality even when leatherette is used.  Though not as soft as leather, it has a thick feeling and is perforated to look just like leather.  Why kill a cow anyway.  The roof lining is a checkered fabric look that feels very nice and again, the parts fit perfectly with no gaps.  Legroom is also quite good and overall width is excellent.  This is a much better buy than a BMW 3 series and interior room is par with a BMW 5 series.  Trunk space is a hefty 14.2 cubic feet with a solid feeling trunk lid and a fully lined interior unlike many cars in this price range.  With rear seats folded down there is 96.3 cubic feet of volume. 

Lacking in the base model is a sunroof for more light inside.  We also missed the dimming rear view mirrors.  Interior lighting at night is lacking with no ambient light at your feet.  The armrest up front is very solid, just compare this to other cars you test drive, nothing but a German make will compare.  The armrest lifts up in segments to suit the arm of any driver.  The rear armrest is equally strong and large with built in cup holders.  A notable feature for tall drivers is the super long length of travel of the driver's seat.  Seat belts are also tied to a chime for driver and passenger and the belts in the Passat are much more comfortable than other cars we have tested. 

            The manual transmission functions very well and is super smooth.  It reminds us of a BMW.  The clutch pedal has just the right feel.  An electronic brake is used to park the vehicle and it also functions well, just press the button while your foot is on the brake pedal.  Press again to release.  An auto hold feature can be switched on or off and this holds the car when it comes to a rest at stop lights and hills.  This is a very useful feature on cars with a manual transmission.  The only drawback is that the switch has to be turned on each time you start the car and that can get a bit annoying. 

            A 2.0 liter four cylinder direct injection engine is used in the base model Passat.  It produces 200 horsepower and 207 lbs.-ft. of torque.  Power is sent to the front wheels only.  The engine uses a turbocharger and intercooler for cool, higher density air intake.  Four valves per cylinder further enhance its breathing.  The 207 lbs.-ft. of torque is available from 1,800 rpm to 5,000 rpm which is why the engine feels as if it is pulling in any gear and at any speed.  Fuel mileage was adequate for a four cylinder, but it could be better.  Our overall tests revealed 22.6 miles per gallon. 

            We were very happy with the engine response at highway speeds; the engine simply glides along without any lag.  The engine has a very powerful feel considering it's only a four cylinder.  The turbocharged four cylinder with direct injection gives so much power that you feel as if you are driving a V6.  The Passat rockets off from a start easily and the slickly smooth transmission makes the car a blast to drive.  Getting to triple digit speeds is very easy.  An amazing feature of German cars is that they can go and keep on going so fast which the car stays so smooth.  You drive better and have more confidence in this German car.  Torsional stiffness is measured at 57% higher than the previous Passat.  There is little engine noise and just the right amount of sound when you want it in the lower gears. 

            The Passat also has excellent suspension settings for a firm yet comfortable ride.  You can take corners fast and still maintain control.  You can stop abruptly and have confidence.  You can accelerate with the pedal to the metal and not have coffee spill onto your lap.  The ride is excellent and perhaps a little wider tire size would give the Passat more grip around fast corners. 

            The VW Passat features front, side, and side curtain airbags.  Super soft and loose seatbelts are a joy to put on unlike those in most vehicles.  They are manually height adjustable as well.  Active front seat head restraints and side protection door beams are standard.  A tire pressure monitor is also standard.  Front and rear power disc brakes are standard as well.  ABS, brake assist, and stability control are all standard. 

            The new vehicle warranty is a four year or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.  The powertrain is covered for five years or 60,000 miles.  Corrosion perforation is warranted for 12 years and unlimited mileage.  Roadside assistance is provided for four years. 

            The window sticker shows a gas mileage of 23 city and 32 highway.  The Passat is made in Mosel, Germany.  The base model has a MSRP of $22,950 and the reflex silver with black leatherette and 6-speed manual is all standard.  A destination charge of $630 makes the total $23,580.  A great price for this solidly built vehicle. 

            We are sold by the Passat in all its versions.  At this base price called the Value Edition, the Passat cannot be beat.  Driving most other cars in this price range reveals that they are truly inferior.  We just wish VW would stop with the weird advertising and focus on smart and sophisticated buyer.   Watching some of those commercials targeting teeny boppers makes you second guess stepping into the showroom.  The VW Passat offers both a solid ride and high build quality.  This combination is rarely found in any car at this price range.  The Passat is a car that we would recommend to our friends and family, and that in itself speaks volumes.

 

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PRICING INVOICE RETAIL
Base Pricing 21,118 22,950
Destination 630 630
Restraint System, Rear Side Impact Air Bag 310 350

 

  2006 Volkswagen Passat
2.0T 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
2005 Honda Accord
EX 4dr Sedan w/Leather and Navigation (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
2005 Mazda MAZDA6
i Grand Touring 4dr Sports Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 4A)
2006 Toyota Camry
SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
2006 Chrysler 300
Touring 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
MSRP $24,975 $26,600 $24,195 $21,205 $27,525
Invoice $23,058 $23,934 $22,314 $18,872 $25,613
Basic 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi.
Base Engine Type & Cylinders inline 4 inline 4 inline 4 inline 4 V6
Base Engine Displacement 2.0 liters 2.4 liters 2.3 liters 2.4 liters 3.5 liters
Valvetrain 16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
24 Valves
single overhead cam (SOHC)
Compressor turbocharger Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Horsepower 200 hp @ 5100 rpm 160 hp @ 5500 rpm 160 hp @ 6000 rpm 154 hp @ 5700 rpm 250 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 207 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm 161 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm 155 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm 160 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm 250 ft-lbs. @ 3800 rpm
Driven Wheels front wheel drive front wheel drive front wheel drive front wheel drive rear wheel drive
Tires P215/55HR16
all season
P205/60R16
all season
P215/50VR17
all season
P215/60VR16
performance
P215/65TR17
all season
Wheels alloy rims
16 x 7.0 in.
alloy rims
16 in.
alloy rims
17 x 7.0 in.
steel rims
16 x 6.5 in.
alloy rims
17 x 7.0 in.
Driver Seat Height Adjustable Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Seat Height Adjustable Standard Not Available Not Available Not Available  
  remote anti-theft alarm system remote anti-theft alarm system remote anti-theft alarm system Not Available remote anti-theft alarm system - Optional
Emergency Trunk Release interior trunk release interior trunk release interior trunk release interior trunk release interior trunk release
Audio System Passat Accord MAZDA6 Camry 300
Navigation System DVD navigation system - Optional DVD navigation system w/voice activation Not Available Not Available DVD navigation system - Optional
Turning Circle 35.8 ft. 36.1 ft. 38.7 ft. 36.7 ft. 38.9 ft.
Hauling Passat Accord MAZDA6 Camry 300
Max. Cargo Capacity 14 cu. ft. 14 cu. ft. Not Available   16 cu. ft.
Max. Towing Capacity 1650 lbs.     2000 lbs. 2000 lbs.
EPA Mileage Estimates Passat Accord MAZDA6 Camry 300
City 22 mpg. 24 mpg. 23 mpg. 24 mpg. 19 mpg.
Highway 31 mpg. 34 mpg. 28 mpg. 34 mpg. 27 mpg.
Exterior Passat Accord MAZDA6 Camry 300
Length 188.2 in. 189.5 in. 186.8 in. 189.2 in. 196.8 in.
Width 71.7 in. 71.5 in. 70.1 in. 70.7 in. 74.1 in.
Height 58 in. 57.1 in. 56.7 in. 58.7 in. 58.4 in.
Weight 3344 lbs. 3142 lbs. 3153 lbs. 3219 lbs. 3766 lbs.
Wheel Base 106.7 in. 107.9 in. 105.3 in. 107.1 in. 120 in.
Ground Clearance 5.2 in.   5.1 in. 5.9 in. 5.6 in.
Interior Passat Accord MAZDA6 Camry 300
Front Headroom 38.4 in. 38.3 in. 38 in. 39.2 in. 38.7 in.
Rear Headroom 37.8 in. 36.8 in. 37.1 in. 38.4 in. 38 in.
Front Shoulder Room 55.7 in. 56.9 in. 56.1 in. 57.5 in. 59.4 in.
Rear Shoulder Room 54.6 in. 56.1 in. 54.9 in. 56.7 in. 57.7 in.
Front Leg Room 41.4 in. 42.6 in. 42.3 in. 41.6 in. 41.8 in.
Rear Leg Room 37.7 in. 36.8 in. 36.5 in. 37.8 in. 40.2 in.
Maximum Luggage Capacity 14.2 cu.ft. 14 cu.ft. 15.2 cu.ft. 16.7 cu.ft. 15.6 cu.ft.

 

  2006 Volkswagen Passat
2.0T 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
2006 Audi A6
3.2 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl CVT)
2006 BMW 5 Series
525i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
E350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
2006 Volkswagen Passat
3.6 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Pricing Passat A6 5 Series E-Class Passat
MSRP $24,975 $40,820 $42,500 $50,050 $29,950
Invoice $23,058 $37,572 $38,855 $46,547 $27,513
Basic 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi.
Drivetrain 5 yr. / 60000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 5 yr. / 60000 mi.
Roadside 4 yr. / Unlimited mi. 4 yr. / Unlimited mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. Unlimited yr. / Unlimited mi. 4 yr. / Unlimited mi.
Rust 12 yr. / Unlimited mi. 12 yr. / Unlimited mi. 12 yr. / Unlimited mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 12 yr. / Unlimited mi.
Base Engine Type & Cylinders inline 4 V6 inline 6 V6 V6
Base Engine Displacement 2.0 liters 3.1 liters 3.0 liters 3.5 liters 3.6 liters
Valvetrain 16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
24 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
24 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
24 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
24 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
Compressor turbocharger Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Horsepower 200 hp @ 5100 rpm 255 hp @ 6500 rpm 215 hp @ 6250 rpm 268 hp @ 6000 rpm 280 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque 207 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm 243 ft-lbs. @ 3250 rpm 185 ft-lbs. @ 2750 rpm 258 ft-lbs. @ 2400 rpm 265 ft-lbs. @ 2750 rpm
Tires P215/55HR16
all season
P225/55HR16
all season
P225/50VR17
all season
P225/55HR16
all season
P235/45HR17
all season
Wheels alloy rims
16 x 7.0 in.
alloy rims
16 x 7.5 in.
alloy rims
17 x 7.5 in.
alloy rims
16 x 8.0 in.
alloy rims
17 x 7.0 in.
Front Air Conditioning Zones single dual dual dual single
Premium Shift Knob Trim leather - Optional leather alloy leather and wood leather - Optional
Premium Steering Wheel Trim leather - Optional leather-wrapped leather-wrapped leather-wrapped leather - Optional
Brakes - Front ventilated disc ventilated disc ventilated disc ventilated disc ventilated disc
Brakes - Rear disc disc ventilated disc disc disc
Navigation System DVD navigation system - Optional DVD navigation system w/voice activation - Optional DVD navigation system w/voice activation - Optional DVD navigation system - Optional DVD navigation system - Optional
Handling Passat A6 5 Series E-Class Passat
Turning Circle 35.8 ft. 39 ft. 37.4 ft. 37.4 ft. 35.8 ft.
Hauling Passat A6 5 Series E-Class Passat
Max. Cargo Capacity 14 cu. ft. 16 cu. ft.   16 cu. ft. 14 cu. ft.
Max. Towing Capacity 1650 lbs.        
EPA Mileage Estimates Passat A6 5 Series E-Class Passat
City 22 mpg. 21 mpg. 20 mpg. 19 mpg. 19 mpg.
Highway 31 mpg. 29 mpg. 30 mpg. 27 mpg. 28 mpg.
City 407 mi. 443 mi. 370 mi. 391 mi. 352 mi.
Highway 574 mi. 612 mi. 555 mi. 556 mi. 518 mi.
Fuel Data Passat A6 5 Series E-Class Passat
Fuel Tank Capacity 18.5 gal. 21.1 gal. 18.5 gal. 20.6 gal. 18.5 gal.
Exterior Passat A6 5 Series E-Class Passat
Length 188.2 in. 193.5 in. 191.1 in. 189.7 in. 188.2 in.
Width 71.7 in. 71.3 in. 72.7 in. 71.7 in. 71.7 in.
Height 58 in. 57.5 in. 57.8 in. 57 in. 58 in.
Weight 3344 lbs. 3836 lbs. 3428 lbs. 3703 lbs. 3576 lbs.
Wheel Base 106.7 in. 111.9 in. 113.7 in. 112.4 in. 106.7 in.
Ground Clearance 5.2 in. 4.6 in.     5.2 in.
Interior Passat A6 5 Series E-Class Passat
Front Headroom 38.4 in. 38.7 in. 37.7 in. 39.1 in.  
Rear Headroom 37.8 in. 37.8 in. 37 in. 37.8 in.  
Front Shoulder Room 55.7 in. 57.1 in. 57.3 in. 56.4 in. 55.7 in.
Rear Shoulder Room 54.6 in. 55.9 in. 57.2 in. 56.1 in. 54.6 in.
Front Leg Room 41.4 in. 41.3 in. 41.5 in. 41.9 in. 41.4 in.
Rear Leg Room 37.7 in. 36.9 in. 36 in. 35.6 in. 37.7 in.
Maximum Luggage Capacity 14.2 cu.ft. 15.9 cu.ft. 14 cu.ft. 15.9 cu.ft. 14.2 cu.ft.

 

 

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