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Volkswagen's new Passat Variant 2.0 TSI DSG R-Line joins the ranks of European wagons in Singapore and goes up against the Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E in this month's comparison.

01 Jul 2016

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Stationwagons or estates haven't gained much popularity in Singapore despite being incredibly practical for families. In the past, one reason why many dodged wagons for sport utility vehicles is the former's lack of style and sporty proposition.

Another reason is the stigma that a wagon resembles a hearse, as many traditional folks claim.

It's a tough fight between these two 2.0-litre turbocharged European wagons

Today, wagons are no longer just an old fart's grocery hauler or boring mum's ride of choice. Take the Audi's RS6 Avant, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Shooting Brake and the Mazda's 6 Wagon for example - the aforesaid cars have proven that a car in estate guise can be more seductive than its sedan counterpart.

One of the sexiest wagons in recent times is undoubtedly the new Volkswagen Passat Variant 2.0 TSI DSG R-Line, and this month, we pit it against the Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E to find out whether the swanky German or punchy Swede is a smarter buy.


Exterior

On the Variant, you get a standard R-Line exterior styling package, striking shoulder lines, wider frontispiece, elongated headlamps and large 19-inch rims, which help deliver a stronger visual presence that its Swedish rival.

Though it's obvious that the Variant is the smarter-looking one of the two, that's not to say that the V60 doesn't have its charms.

Unlike the sharper design of the Wolfsburgian wagon, the V60 runs on 17-inch rims and sports a pudgier, older fashioned image, which should rub Volvo loyalists the right way.

The Variant's handsome construction wins the beauty contest
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Car Information

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Price

: $175,400

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve TSI Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1984cc

Horsepower

:

162kW (217 bhp) / 6200 rpm

Torque

:

350 Nm / 4400 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

6.9sec

Top Speed

:

244km/h

Fuel consumption

:

15.4 km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1969cc

Horsepower

:

183kW (245 bhp) / 5500 rpm

Torque

:

350 Nm / 4800 rpm

Transmission

:

8-speed (A) Geartronic

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

6.4sec

Top Speed

:

230km/h

Fuel consumption

:

15.6 km/L

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