I am talking about the operation of the Volkswagen Passat B8 Trendline. At first I liked everything in the car, but after a certain time, flaws began to catch my eye. They cannot be called serious minuses, but one could think over these moments.
The lack of soft lining of door pockets leads to the fact that things that are there during movement hit the plastic, emit an annoying sound. But this minus was easily eliminated – he laid thin foam rubber.
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The rudder diameter is large – it could be reduced. I reach the buttons located on it, but the driver with a small hand is forced to tear off his hand, which is not very convenient.
The half wheel arch liner reduces the level of sound insulation. If you drive on rubble, then the hum from hitting pebbles penetrates into the cabin through the wheel arches. The noise is quite perceptible, so I am thinking how to minimize it, but I would like to remove it completely (unfortunately, it will hardly work).
As for knocking in the rear suspension, I found official information from the manufacturer. This feature is known to the representatives of the brand, but they do not regard it as a technical flaw. Their explanation is “this is how the shock absorbers react to the passage of irregularities.” It is also noted that knocking does not have a negative impact on the safety of operation, so a recall campaign should not be expected.
The only way out is to install other shock absorbers. This can be done by authorized dealers, but they refuse due to the lack of analogues. The dealers themselves say that they are not often contacted with the thump of the rear suspension, and since the complaints are not widespread, the manufacturer will not take drastic measures to eliminate the deficiency.
The thought crept in, maybe I was so unlucky, but then I turned on common sense and remembered that the manufacturer knows about the problem. This means that she is not the only one who worries me.
The fabric upholstery of the seat began to rapidly lose its presentable appearance. I think we saved on material. I rummaged on the Internet, asked around my acquaintances – the same thing happens with leather upholstery. Therefore, I recommend buying covers immediately.
Now about what you like
In general, the Volkswagen Passat B8 has a good level of sound insulation (the problem is only in the arches). The climate control works well, but the air ducts had to be redone to make it quiet. Now you can’t hear it at all. There is enough space in the cabin, passengers feel comfortable in front and behind.
The backrests of the chairs provide good back support. Even when entering tight turns, you do not deviate. It is convenient and pleasant. By the way, the backlight during the turn is an excellent option, and I definitely give the engineers a plus for it. The start / stop system, which saves nerves and fuel, is also pleasing.
1.4-liter engine with 122 hp. consumes an average of 7.5 liters. This is a good indicator. The car consumes 95th gasoline. To establish the exact fuel consumption, you still need to ride, experiment with driving modes and speeds.
Also, of the advantages, I would like to note the touch screen, AUX, SD – this is worthy for the starting configuration of the Trendline. Finally, I will praise the huge trunk. In combination with a spacious interior, it not only pleases, but makes you happy! This description came out. In general, the car has not yet revealed significant drawbacks. I hope that the shortcomings will not appear in the future.