VW Passat Discover Pro in the Test

VW celebrates the New Passat as the so far most radical revision of VW middle-class. Whether the model and in particular the navigation system discover Pro can set new standards, clarifies the test.

Is the most successful Volkswagen model? No, not the golf and the Passat. Thanks its spread over the entire globe is selling worldwide – including all derivatives is 1.1 million units Lower Saxony alone in 2013. Nothing can go there when changing the model wrong but nothing at all.

Space, more space, Passat

All the more surprising: Although the New Passat visually only slightly different at first glance by his predecessor, VW, stressed that “all this new car” is. Indeed, the New Passat sounds more like an old friend, which routinely and without great excitement approaching. Even if it takes place in the Interior, everything is initially familiar one – and huge: not that the predecessor was small, but above all on the rear seats one feels almost like in the long version of a luxury sedan, so royally is the space.

Front one sits beautifully, everything looks thoroughly after Passat. VW spices up the whole thing with noble chrome jewelry: the air vents reaching horizontally across the entire width emphasize the width of the vehicle. Polished surfaces no longer exude the shirtsleeves charm of earlier times, when the winds inside that looked like could be top come with a garden hose. No, that is all very well and high quality.

This fits also the new driving experience: the Passat is Dzwar two millimeters shorter than its predecessor, but with 4.76 meters always still a debris – and is still surprisingly fleet-footed and agile projects along narrow country lanes. Here everyone can go quickly – whether he should not.

Active info display

Connect related: in terms of Infotainment and driver assistance VW rearms powerful. In the eye that fails to appropriately equipped models first “active info display” for 650 Euro surcharge, which initially only in conjunction with the largest navigation system is discover Pro (2180 euros).

How in the new TT of Group subsidiary Audi replaces the classic circular instruments the 12.3-inch display and allows personalization of information presented in bulk: speedometer and tachometer can be reduced upon request, to give more space around the map display of the navigation system or the display of driver assistance, also the surfaces within the virtual pointer can be assigned with different information.

The possibilities are deliberately held in tight, especially to not spook the conservative clientele – in the future different designs or even skins are likely to take hold. Free programmable – as here and there to read – it is not, however.

The concept is: already after a few metres you has become accustomed to the Viewer, especially in combination with the navigation map. This represents real progress pixels and an equally clear how sharp representation at that position with its high resolution of 1440 x 540.

Mirrorlink and apps

The navigation system discover Pro is also based on a new, more powerful hardware, which allows fresh features: you can move now similar to the route like in Google maps with the finger, including the intermediate targets to control or to choose a different route. Graphically has done little on the 8-inch display, however, is: design and controls comply with the previous generation, so VW driver is just find your way.

The Mirrorlink technology is new: how in the featured this year Polo sets VW fully on the standard, which allows to represent apps of Android smartphones on the display of the navigation system and to use. Sticking point of technology is so far very reluctant support of hardware and software vendors on the Smartphone page.

Here, VW now closely cooperates with Samssung who want to make fit for the car itself as many phones: Besides the S4, even the newcomer of note 4 and note edge in the compatibility list are mini and the S5 to find (www.mirrorlink.com at “Product listing”, only Mirrorlink version 1.1). Also HTC is represented with one M8.

For app makers, the Mirrorlink Consortium has simplified the test conditions and reduces cost, so that you can now count soon in fact with a variety of new apps. Nevertheless: The low app offer makes Mirrorlink still a rather boring affair.

The benefits of the four already available VW apps such as MyGuide (POI search) or shared audio (streaming via Wi-FI) is limited, the announced apps from third-party manufacturers such as Aupeo or Glympse are likely to advance the system but a step. The connection of the smartphones in the test car ran but still always not right around.

Review: The app “Drive and Track” keeps the driving history and then evaluates curves result, steering angle, slope and other driving data.

For the online functions of the navigation system integrated, called VW car NET. Storage info, Google search and maps, this parking Guide, gasoline prices, weather and news are included. Car-NET is free in the first year, another year will cost 79 euros, two more 135 euro. In conjunction with the mobile interface phone premium for 475 euros, the Passat has even a built-in UMTS handset with Wi-FI hotspot and Bluetooth SIM access profile.

Who does not need it: the discover Pro can communicate via Bluetooth. with the SMS text-to-speech feature voice control is also standard.

Rearseat Tablet

Real Neuland VW enters the option “Volkswagen media control”, which costs between 75 and 265 Euro surcharge. This is a Tablet connection via Wi-FI, which provides access to the functions of the discover Pro rear passengers: navigation, as well as access to the music playback can be made also from behind: useful for chauffeur driving, determines annoying when children are constantly playing to the volume.

But it’s just new territory – here we will see many exciting applications. And who wants to enjoy a movie quite classically rather, pleased with the docking offered specifically for Samsung tablet station in the back of the front seats.

All assistance systems

Only remains to mention the Assistant systems: the New Passat offers a Einpark Wizard (with spectacular 3-D-360-degree-animation), which is also forward into the gap and backward can rank with a trailer.

There are a cruise control with distance holders radar and city – emergency brake function, high beam with suppression of the oncoming traffic lane, Auspark – and a two-way Wizard as well as a traffic sign recognition.

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