Old vs New – 2015 VW Passat vs 2011 VW Passat


Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

The entirely new 2015 VW Passat was revealed last week with an evolutionary design. The eighth generation Passat will go on sale in Europe starting from July 10 and has also been confirmed for India in the near future.

2015 VW Passat vs 2011 VW Passat front three quarters
The 2015 VW Passat is lower, wider and longer than the current car.

Here is our visual comparison of the new and outgoing Passats. For starters, it’s apparent that the 2015 Passat is lower and wider than the car it replaces.

2015 VW Passat vs 2011 VW Passat front

The narrow front grille now gets an additional chrome finished horizontal slat and the new headlamps are angular. The bumper features sharper elements and there is a thin chrome strip, connecting the foglights.

2015 VW Passat vs 2011 VW Passat rear three quarters
The new Passat features bolder sheet metal design.

In profile, the silhouette hasn’t changed much but the understated sheet metal design has been replaced by a bolder theme, characterized by an accentuated crease along the waistline. The lower parts of the doors feature a shallow indent and the wheel arches are slightly bigger.

2015 VW Passat vs 2011 VW Passat rear

Coming to the rear fascia, the bulk is better disguised on the 2015 Passat, thanks to the sharp change in contour where the bumper meets the bootlid. The license plate enclosure has been revised and the new chrome finished inverted trapezoid exhaust tips add a sporty appeal.

2015 VW Passat vs 2011 VW Passat interior
The interior is more upmarket than the old one.

The interior is a clear step up compared to the old model. The dashboard layout hasn’t been rethought, but the design of every single component is new. The air conditioner vents and the horizontal portion of the dashboard which houses them are seamlessly integrated to create an optical illusion. The three spoke flat bottomed steering wheel is new and the new Passat derives its Active Info Display instrument console from the 2015 Audi TT.

All these visual changes have certainly helped the 2015 VW Passat to have a more upmarket feel which puts it in a better position to mount an assault on the likes of Mercedes C Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

2015 VW Passat – Image Gallery

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