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Volkswagen Passat R36 (2009)

by Barry Green,reviewed April 2009

The ‘R’ in Volkswagen’s Passat R36 designation might well have been ‘P’, ‘Q’ or ‘X’.
That’s ‘P’ as in performance, ‘X’ as in X factor and ‘Q’ as in Q car, for lurking within this stylish, four-door, mid-sized sedan is an accomplished sports car.

Under the R36’s skin is a responsive 3.6-litre V6, a slick-shifting 6-speed DSG transmission, sports suspension (lowered 25mm, tauter springs and dampers) and powerful, vented, four wheel disc brakes.

Tick off also bi-Xenon headlights, leather-microfibre sports seats, 250-watt audio system, deeper side sills, rear spoiler, chromed exhausts and ‘R’ badging as standard.

It’s a quality, engaging drive without major flaw.
Volkswagen Passat R36 2009


Smooth and spirited performance


98 RON fuel

Key features

Alarm and engine immobiliser, 18-inch alloy wheels, full-size spare, dual-zone climate control airconditioning, metallic/pearl paint


Front, side, rear and curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, adjustable head restraints

Car Details

Vehicle make Volkswagen
Vehicle model Passat R36
Vehicle type Sports Under $80,000
Year 2009
Price when new $65,590 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.