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Is the petrol Volkswagen Passat short on power?

I am thinking of buying a VW Passat 1.6 FSI but have been advised not to as it is short on power. What do you think?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Stephen Scott (Dublin) - Tue, 11 May 2010 22:46


Hi Stephen,

I presume this relates to the question that you asked on Sunday about Passat petrol vs. diesel figures. Yes, the 1.6-litre FSI Passat from memory does feel a little on the slow side because it is quite lacking in torque. Here are the figures once more, versus the 1.9-litre TDI from the same year:

In 2007, the 1.6-litre Passat had 115hp and 155Nm of torque. Top speed was 199km/h, with 0-100km/h in 11 seconds and fuel consumption was 7.6l/100km (or 37mpg).

The 1.9 TDI had 105hp and 250Nm of torque. Top speed was slower at 188km/h and 0-100km/h took 11.7 seconds, but fuel economy was much better at 5.6 l/100km (50mpg).

The extra torque in the diesel Passat will probably make it a nicer car to drive. 

If you do need more power, the 2007 Passat is also available with a 2.0-litre TDI engine with 140- and 170hp options and there are several on sale at the moment, if budget allows.

Answered by: Complete Car Adviser

2 responses (latest at the top)

I own an 2008 Passat petrol with the 1.4 tsi turbo petrol engine which has 122 bhp and is far better in every way to the i.6 fsi whiich it replaced. You really should test drive it as it has loads of pick up and is smoother through the gears than the diesels. MPG is over 40 mpg and mine has been faultless.

Posted by Ger Brennan (Dundalk) - Thu, 13 May 2010 23:06:11

Hi there,

I have an '06 Passat 1.6 FSI and while it's not going to lap the Nurburgring in less than 10 minutes, it's plenty powerful enough for 99 percent of driving situations you'll find yourself in. The only time I ever found it wanting/needing more power was when overtaking, but I do that very rarely.

Posted by Paul Campbell (Irishtown) - Wed, 12 May 2010 12:27:33