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Old 05-04-2012, 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by wheresmymind View Post
I went to the UK VW site and checked out a couple models with the engine he mentioned (the BlueMotion 1.2 TDI). Both the Golf and the Passat have a 0-60 time of about 14 seconds. It's pretty hard to find a car sold in the US with a 0-60 time above 9 or 10 seconds. The "economic reason" that Americans don't have access to these cars is that not many Americans will pay $20,000 for a car that would be smoked by a 1993 Geo Metro.
No, he is talking about the Passat BlueMotion 1.6 TDI 105HP 6-speed manual, specifically (the sedan, although the car he hired was a station wagon). There is no 1.2 litre Passat, at least not in the UK. That is the only model + engine variant I can see that achieves the figure of 78.5 mpg (imperial). 0-60 time for this car is about 12 seconds. Also, Diesels tend to look worse in 0-60 comaprisons, but feel a bit faster when you drive them because of all that low-end torque that they have. The 1.8 litre petrol model does 0-60 in about 8.3 seconds (bearing in mind that UK figures are actually 0-62mph, that being the Euro standard of 100kmh).