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Engine variants in comparison - VW Passat 2.0 TDI vs. 2.0 TDI SCR

Arturo Rivas
Comparison of engine variants - VW Passat 2.0 TDI
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M an could be on the VW Passat Get in lower, content yourself with 250 Nm from a 1.6-liter TDI. But today we want to throw torque around and ask: Is 340 Nm enough, or should it be 400?

VW offers the two-liter diesel in two stages, with 150 and 190 PS. Because performance primarily influences the top speed, a clear difference can already be seen on paper: 218 to 235 km /h. With the stronger variant, you can really get ahead on Germany's highways. The weaker one is not exactly slow either, and can even keep up surprisingly well with the comparison drive on the unlimited motorway.

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As in the picture, the 190 PS Passat drives its weaker colleague ahead in daily life.

VW Passat 2.0 TDI SCR casually surfs on the torque

But that would only be one side of the coin. The other shows what it feels like to move forward quickly - significantly less stressful in the 190 PS Passat. This is where the torque comes into play; it mainly affects intermediate sprints. The strong representative easily shakes it out of his sleeve, whereby the driver can decide whether to downshift by hand or to be flushed forward in the adjacent gear on the torque shaft.

In the 150 PS Passat you tend against it to switch back. Especially in a direct comparison, its 340 Nm just doesn't grip so decisively. This can also be seen from the acceleration values ​​(8.1 to 8.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km /h) - but the difference is felt even more clearly.

Slight additional consumption with the powerful TDI

Now the more powerful of the two four-cylinder engines consumes a little more diesel. Who demands the torque frequently, comes to 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers. The 150 hp version is 0.4 liters more frugal under the same conditions. When gliding economically, however, the differences are just as small (4.8 to 5.0 per 100 km) as in the test consumption (6.7 to 6.8 per 100 km). Accordingly, the monthly maintenance costs do not differ that much. The biggest item is the higher comprehensive insurance premium for the more powerful Passat, plus the slightly lower wear part costs

But first the hurdle is the price: VW charges 2,350 euros for the additional 40 hp and 60 Nm which corresponds to around seven percent surcharge on the cheaper model. The enormous driving pleasure plus torque surfing costs comparatively little. Or to put it another way: With the stronger model, the price-Nm quotient is more customer-friendly.

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The price depends on the needs

On the other hand, those who add the low base price to the credo are recommended the 1.6-liter TDI, which breaks the 30,000-euro limit below. As mentioned at the beginning: Its 250 Nm and 120 PS are already sufficient for sufficient progress.

If the Variant, on the other hand, needs to haul heavy loads more often or even pull a trailer, then it works much better with the 340 Nm. And, of course, even more relaxed with the 400 Nm version of the two-liter TDI. This even has a unique selling point: It brings the driving fun component into play - it tingles so nicely in the stomach when the torque strikes.


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