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Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7 Test Drive Review

In Malaysia, Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7 version was introduced back on October 2011 with fully imported CBU version. Follow by replacing it with locally assembled CKD version back on March 2012. The CKD version is assemble by DRB-Hicom in Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia. Both versions are having the identical specification except for the recent Passat Sportline, which launched back on October this year.


Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7


This 4-door sedan Volkswagen Passat is powered by turbocharged 1.8-litre TSI engine mated with 7-speed DSG transmission. Unfortunately, for this particular model there is no other variants like 220kW V6 4Motion or TDI in Malaysia.


Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7


The current B7 generation of Passat is technically redesigned from the previous B6 generation platform by reshaping all panels except the roof. Apart from that, Volkswagen has added new features and tweaks to improve comfort, efficiency, safety and value. From outside, the car may give you a flat impression but indeed, it is a good car to be considered to buy!


Based on the spec sheet, the 1.8 TSI engine delivering 160PS @ 6,200rpm with a max torque of 250Nm @ 4,200rpm. The acceleration from 0-100km/h is considerably great, which clocked at 8.5 seconds and top speed of 220km/h.


Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI B7


Regarding the unleaded fuel grade, Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) has listed a minimum RON 95 is required. Based on my normal driving condition, I managed to clock an average of 14.3 km per litre of fuel consumption. Not too bad, isn’t it? The fuel tank capacity is approximately 70 litres, which is good for traveling long distance without stopping for refuel.


Based on the car I tested which clocked less than 8,500km, the 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) is smooth when shifting from low to high gear or vice-versa. It gives a sporty feeling while driving.


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Volkswagen Group Malaysia Launched CBU Jetta, Passat and Cross Touran

While our team is enjoying the trip at down under, we did a couple of road trips and took some challenges with the given road condition and climate. Indisputable, the drive is highly enjoyable compare to our usual road trip in back home.


In Brisbane, one of our team members spotted the new Volkswagen Jetta. Apparently, the new Jetta looks like Audi A4 from far and the front façade is typical a Volkswagen Polo and Golf.


Just in-time or I would say is so coincident, we received an email from the insider in VGM that the Volkswagen Jetta, Passat and Cross Touran are now launched in Malaysia in CBU form. In general, we have no idea why the local production is delayed.


VW Jetta Malaysia

The Jetta model is basically VW Golf in a sedan outer-shell. The engine specification is similar to the Golf 1.4 TSI. It is powered by twin-charged 1.4 TSI engine with 160PS and 240Nm of torque mated with 7-speed DSG transmission. The price starts from RM 149,888 (on-the-road without insurance). The car features with Volkswagen’s Climatronic air-conditioning system, a RCD310 audio system, Park Distance Control (PDC) for the front and rear, cruise control and seats covered in ‘Sienna’ fabric.


Besides the Jetta, the Passat is launched with a price from RM 184,888 (OTR without insurance) and powered by 1.8-litre TSI engine with 160PS and 250Nm of torque. Thirdly, the Volkswagen Cross Touran is priced from RM 166,888 (OTR without insurance). The 7-seater VW Cross Touran is equipped with 1.4 TSI engine with only 140HP and 220Nm of torque.


Since we are currently in the midst of road trips around QLD, NSW and VIC, we will come back with more info once we return to Kuala Lumpur. So stay tune with us!!


If you are interested to buy one now, you can visit your local VW authorised dealers. If you need one to be introduced, just drop us an email. Meantime, check out some photo shots from our insider after the jump.


Photo Gallery: Volkswagen Jetta Malaysia