Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. Volkswagen Passat TDI: Which Would You Buy?

Posted on 02. Jul, 2012 by in Auto News

Hybrid or Diesel? Peak values for fuel economy in a $ 30,000 midsize sedan you need one or the other. The Toyota Camry is the most efficient of the five available hybrids (to 2013 Ford Fusion comes). If you live in Europe, the diesel world is at your feet. In North America, you have an option for an oil-burning mid-size sedan, the Volkswagen Passat. Which would you choose?

Neither car design would no traces have blazed a decade ago. But the Passat styling, inside and out, is clean and harmonious. Toyota designers can not seem to step back far enough to imagine a forest from the trees. The Camry Hybrid XLE, the interior was stylistically with some materials a little better and a little worse than the others in the Passat TDI SEL Premium, too much going on. The upper doors trying halfheartedly to flow into the instrument panel, while missing the seam. The "seam" in the center console trim is shaped similarly counterproductive, since they offer, in fact the interior. Of course, many people (including, I'm married) did not notice such things. Although both cars have seats trimmed in faux suede, faux wood and the Passat in addition, they are likely to find. Warmer ambience inside the Camry

Both interiors have been designed to maximize perceived room with fairly flat door panels, instrument panels meet at a right angle. The previous generation Camry, the interior panels with curvier, feels much tighter. Both cars have a wide, supportive front seats that offer little in the way of lateral support, although the trade cushions are fixed and the Camry headrests us rise to an uncomfortable degree. There is plenty of room for adults in the back of the Camry. The Passat, combined with another inch of legroom, which somehow seems like three inches, invites comparisons limo … until you realize that, unlike the Toyota, there is no rear air vents.

Then drag it cargo. Both cars are offered only as a sedan. By working in shifts to compress the Camry hybrid bits, pushed Toyota engineers trunk volume 2.5 cubic meters to 13.1. A worthwhile increase, but still not close to the Passat 15.9. Both lines can be expanded by folding down the rear seat, but you only have one e-mail slot on the right side of the Camry.

Although the new Camry hybrid is stronger than the previous suspended and the Americanized Passat is softer than the typical German sedan, the two cars have not met in the middle. The Camry is a much softer, cushier, quieter car, and with a few swimmers bobble through difficult curves, while the Passat offers nuanced questions (by the seat of his pants a lot more than the electric power steering) and is more tightly controlled body movements. Your ears will only report that the VW is a diesel at idle, and then only when the attention. The additional noise in his cabin comes mostly from the wind and the road.

Unlike some smaller fuel sippers both cars have more than enough power for scooting about the "burbs or popping on the highway. Both feel torquey at low to moderate speeds, the Camry because of the support provided by an electric motor, the Passat is provided because it is a Diesel is. With more peak horsepower, 200 vs. 140, the Camry Hybrid Powertrain you get to 60 sooner. But it is not a pleasure, from the wind, so this advantage is not big in the real world. If you lead foot one have neither car is the best choice.

The EPA MPG numbers-43 city, 39 highway for the Camry and 30 city, 40 highway for the trade-law pointed out that the two cars excel in different types of driving. But the EPA short changes both cars. Based on his trip computer (which I doubt initially, but owners report similar numbers), the Passat TDI manage high 30 in suburban driving and low 50s on the highway without too much hassle. Go in straight highway, can not adapt to the Camry, check-in around the 45th Derived a hybrid of the additional fuel consumption of its ability to recoup energy during deceleration. If there is no delay, the hybrid powertrain not only provides no benefit, but through its extra mass, is actually a disadvantage. From the highway the tide turns. The more stops per mile, the better the Camry is, especially if you. Factor in the higher cost per liter of diesel

It also helps if you do not drive the Camry "normal." My wife manages 38 miles per gallon in the Camry Hybrid, about the same as I used in the Passat TDI observed when driving with the flow of traffic. But when I sat behind the wheel, on-board computer regularly reported averages in the low 50s and as high as 63 on my standard S-route. The hybrid operation makes you feel very relaxed driving style "right", and I personally enjoy the experience. But many people simply do not want an easy enough walk to go to reach these numbers. For them, the TDI is the better way to go because their effectiveness depends much less on the driving style.

Put on both cars, the Camry and stickers for a few more great, $ 35,330 vs. $ 33,090. But on the basis