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The 5 closest rivals of the new Volkswagen Passat

Last updated on: April 15, 2011 09:15 IST

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Volkswagen recently launched the seventh-generation Passat in the country with fuel efficient Bluemotion technology.

The car is powered by the familiar 2.0TDI capable of delivering 170bhp and 35.69kgm of torque and is claimed to offers a mileage of 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres.

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The new Passat is more refined and special emphasis seems to have been laid on the acoustic sealing and the damping of the suspension.

Driving at low speeds or cruising on highways is likely to be equally good in the new Passat.

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The Passat diesel comes for Rs 20.80 lakh for the base 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Trendline, the 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Comfortline is for Rs 23.80 lakh and the top level 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Highline variant is for Rs 26.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

But the car has some worthy contemporaries. Let's take alook at how it is pitted against these rivals.

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Honda Accord

The new face-lifted Accord resembles the City in a lot of ways.

It comes with comfortable rear seats and good air conditioning.

It is a reliable car and comes with a price tag of Rs 19.60 lakh to Rs 25.41 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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The new Accord is being offered in two options: a 2.4-litre and a 3.5-litre variant.

It has been modified both on the outside and inside and now flaunts more stylish exteriors and swanky interiors fit for a premium sedan.

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Skoda Superb

The car makes an interesting rival for its cousin Passat and beats it when it comes to rear-legroom space.

However, the two are very different when it comes to interiors and overall looks.

Superb feels light to drive and has excellent build quality with a longer wheelbase.

There are four models of the car available in the market powered by different engines.

The 1.8 TSI,4V, 1798cc petrol engine delivers 160bhp and 25kgm torque with a seven-speed automatic DSG gearbox.

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The 2.0 TDI PD, 4V, 1968cc diesel engine gives 140 bhp and 32.0kgm torque and the 3.6 FSI petrol engine delivers power of 260bhp and torque of 35kgm.

The car is priced at Rs 18,28,563 - Rs 26,38,282 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Audi A4

Even though the car is a couple of lakhs more than the Passat's most expensive highline variant but it is the premium tag of having an Audi that might could a potential buyer's mind.

It is available in five variants out of which 3.2 FSI quattro, 2.0 FSI and 1.8 FSI have a petrol engine and the 2.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI quattro have diesel units.

The 2.0 TFSI yields 132 KW power at 4000-6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1500-3900 rpm.

The Audi 3.2 FSI quattro generates 195 KW power at 6500 rpm and a torque of 330 Nm at 3000-5000 rpm.

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The 1.8 TFSI produces 118 KW power at 4500-6200 rpm and torque of 250 Nm at 1500-4500 rpm while the 2.0 TDI with the 2.0 L turbodiesel engine, common rail injection system, has a maximum torque of 320Nm at 1750-2500 rpm and a maximum output of 105 KW at 4200 rpm.

On the other hand the 3.0 TDI quattro comes with a common rail injection system and renders a maximum output of 176 KW at 4000-4400 rpm and a maximum torque of 500 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm.

It is priced between Rs 29,71,400 - Rs 31,66,400 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Mercedes C Class

The reason why a buyer might consider a Mercedes C class over a top end Passat is again for the want of a coveted three pointed star on the bonnet.

The car might prove costlier to own but it offers great handling and swankier interiors. But the C Class is also less spacious.

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At present Mercedes Benz C-Class is available in three models - Mercedes Benz C 220 CDI, Mercedes Benz C 200 Kompressor and Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG.

The Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG is equipped with a V8 engine capable of displacing 6,208cc and generating 336kw or 457 hp at the rate of 6800 rpm.

It delivers a torque of 600Nm at the rate of 5000 rpm.

The car is priced at Rs 25,14,628 - Rs 30,30,806 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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BMW 3 Series

This is a driver's car and is going to be replaced by a newer version by the end of the year.

It comes with four variants out of which BMW 320i and 330i have petrol units while the BMW 320D Corporate Edition and 320D Highline have diesel engines.

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The BMW 3 Series 320i has a four cylinder 2.0L inline engine offering 115KW while 330i variant of the car has a six-cylinder 3.0L, inline engine generating 190KW.

Both diesel variants have a 2.0L engine with four cylinders that offer horsepower of 130KW.

The car is priced between Rs 24,40,000 - Rs 33,95,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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