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Well-designed Sedan Hits All the Right Notes

When Motor Trend magazine named the Volkswagen Passat its “Car of the Year” in 2012, the editors marveled at the midsize sedan’s exquisite detailing, attention to craftsmanship and superior engineering. There was nothing flashy about the Passat then, and the same remains true today. It’s just a well-engineered car that delivers a superb drive whether you’re taking a run through the mountains or dropping the kids off at school. Make sure and consider the Passat for your new sedan choice. You can compare models and take a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen.

Well-designed Interior Puts Controls in Reach

One of the things the Motor Trend editors like most about the Passat is the well-thought out interior design. Not only are all the controls within easy reach of the driver, but VW has stuck with knobs for climate control and audio volume instead of the fancy touch screens of some other sedans that can be confusing and ineffective. That’s not to say the Passat is without 21st century technology. The 2016 Passat has a modern touchscreen infotainment system that includes the ability to swipe and pinch to move through screens and select from the menu. Aside from technology, rear seat passengers will thank you for choosing the Passat. The sedan’s enormous interior has plenty of room for adult legs to stretch out. Everyone will enjoy the use of sound deadening material to keep the road noise on the outside.

Choose Power or Better Gas Mileage

If you like a little more scoot in your giddyup, you might want to pick the 3.6L V6 FSI direct injection engine that produces 280 horsepower and eye-opening 258 pound-feet of torque. The V6 gets a very respectable 28 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city, but you can do a little better on efficiency if you opt for the 1.8L TSI engine. Expect 34 mpg on the highway and 23 in the city, according to EPA estimates. Both engines are paired with 6-speed automatic transmissions that have a Sport mode to deliver a more aggressive driving experience.

Seven Ways to Stay Safer

The Volkswagen Passat has seven different driver assistance features that will help ensure you and your passengers arrive safely at your destination. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking not only gives you an alert of an impending crash, but also applies the brakes if you fail to act. Park Pilot and Parking Steering Assistant help you wedge into those tight urban spots, while Adaptive Cruise Control keeps a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front. Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Monitoring all issue alerts if you are about to do something you’ll regret. Head over to Chapman Volkswagen and check out the entire Passat inventory to see why it remains a leader in the midsize sedan category.

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Up to 373 Miles on a Single Charge

The new Volkswagen I.D. electric concept vehicle was the talk of the Paris Auto Show, offering range unprecedented in the electric vehicle (EV) world. With the ability to go up to 373 miles on a single charge, the VW I.D. promises to blow the top off the EV market when it begins full production for the 2020 model year. One of the reasons EVs have not sold as well as anticipated is the “range phobia” of the auto consumer. Buyers are concerned they will be stranded with no power and no means of getting home. Keep in touch with Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale to see the strides Volkswagen makes as it works to build an EV that not only solves environmental problems, but also allays buyer concerns.

Expect High Level of Automation

When the I.D. Concept car comes to fruition in 2020, you can expect that many of the functions that fall on a driver today will be completely automated. You will have your very own VW ID, a profile which automatically adjusts the seats, controls the climate and provides all your favorite radio settings and chosen lighting. All your ID settings will live in the cloud, ready to serve you as soon as you enter the vehicle. You’ll also be able to connect easily with your home, turning on the lights, setting the air conditioning to just the right temperature and even warming up the oven. Never home when the delivery man arrives? Arrange to have the parcel delivered to your new VW. If you’re not in the car, access from your Smartphone can pop the trunk to allow the parcel to be placed inside.

Mobility of Future Key to I.D. Design

“Before we first put pen to paper for the I.D. project, we debated the topic of mobility in the future at length,” according to VW design chief Klaus Bischoff. “It is clear that the care of the future, and thus the mobile space, will be a place of communication more than ever before. The Open Space in the I.D. is just such a place.” Volkswagen wants the I.D. to be a car that interacts with the driver so that every movement has a reason. The neatly designed interior features a steering wheel that retracts into the dashboard, creating a flush area that increases the Open Space. The result is an interior that has more of a “lounge” feeling than that of a car. It is a place for relaxing and conversation in a car that will eventually take over the driving chores as well. it will only be about 3 years before the I.D. shows up on the Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale lot. In the meantime, enjoy the technology available in the Volkswagen inventory, cars that were made for the autobahn.

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Versatile Layout Makes Loading a Snap

Drop either portion of the 60/40 folding rear seat in the VW SportWagen and you’ll find room for skis, grandma’s old TV and the boxes your kids are starting college with. Drop the whole seat and you can fit in enough pies for the school bake sale or all the soccer equipment for Saturday’s game. With the seats up, the SportWagen has room to fit five adults comfortably, making it the smart choice for your new commuter or family hauling vehicle. Add some roof rails on the top for luggage and you’ve got the perfect car for finally taking that summer road trip. See how many options for people and cargo handling the SportWagen provides by taking a quick trip to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Switch to Sport Mode for Performance

With a 1.8L turbocharged engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the SportWagen has plenty of pep under normal conditions to satisfy the needs for most drivers. For those occasions when you find a particularly enchanting stretch of highway that just begs for a little extra attention, switch to Sport mode to tighten up the suspension and adjust the throttle for an even more spirited drive. “We’re hard-pressed to think of a vehicle that fulfills its mission better than VW’s Golf SportWagen,” reads the review in Car and Driver magazine. “The VW is comfortable, looks good, hauls a ton of stuff, is reasonably priced, is one of the best highway cruisers available anywhere, and can more than hold its own if you decide to assault a local back road.”

Interior Tops in Layout and Use of Quality Materials

Slide into the driver’s seat of the new VW SportWagen and you’ll find yourself surrounded with quality materials and controls laid out in a logical manner. Superior craftsmanship and attention to detail means all the gaps are tight and the doors close with a resounding thud familiar to those who enjoy German engineering. Sculpted front seats are not only comfortable for long drives, but also serve to hold you firmly in place when it’s time to start careening around corners. An available driver’s seat with 12-way adjustments lets you pick just the right spot for comfort. VW’s Car-Net App-Connect system lets you hook right up to your smartphone for a limited number of apps and to listen to music or make a hands-free call. The available touchscreen navigation system is logically designed so that its easy to plan a route, find a restaurant or turn off on a scenic drive. The best way to see all the features of the new SportWagen is to take a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.