All Volkswagen Passats to feature sat nav from September 2012

All Volkswagen Passats that arrive in Australia from September 2012 will come fitted with the company’s excellent RNS510 satellite navigation system.

The system comprises of a 6.5-inch 16:9 high resolution resistive touchscreen and a sat nav system that runs off a 30GB hard disk; the hard disk can also be used for storing music. Reversing camera, eight speakers, Bluetooth hands-free and music streaming, controls on the steering wheel, CD/DVD drive and SD card slot are all standard. A USB connector is also supplied, but iPod and auxiliary connectivity requires a dealer supplied cable.

All wagon Passats will also feature a tailgate that automatically opens and closes. If the system detects any manual attempt to close the tailgate, it will engage the electric motor driving the automatic system.

Prices remain unchanged with the Passat range kicking off at A$38,990 for the turbocharged 118kW/250Nm 1.8-litre 118TSI sedan and rounding out with the A$57,990 220kW/350Nm 3.6-litre V6 wagon. In addition to those two engines is a 2-litre turbo-diesel with 125kW and 250Nm on tap. All models come with a dual clutch transmission (DSG in VW-speak): 7-speed in the 118TSI and 6-speed in all other models.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]