Within the last Passat report, Hormazd talked about I used to be planning a fast journey to Goa in it, and he was proper. Because of all of the reward concerning the automobile’s long-distance touring talents, I knew this needed to be my subsequent trip to Goa. And, this time round, my mother-in-law was to accompany us; so a automobile with comfortable seats, an honest trip and a protected and safe feeling would trump a strong engine and sharp dealing with.
After which, when handing over the important thing, Hormazd additionally laid down a small problem – “Attempt to do 1,000km on one tank. I managed 900.” If I pull this off, it could imply getting 5 individuals to Goa in absolute consolation can be far cheaper than us consuming out; I used to be offered. It might be a problem although; we’d be 5 individuals plus baggage however on the identical time fairly doable particularly with the route I at all times take – Pune Expressway and NH48.
My mother-in-law, nevertheless, dropped out, however we have been nonetheless 4 plus all our baggage. So the primary problem was becoming all of it in and the Passat managed it fairly simply. At 586 litres, the boot is massive, large and freed from intrusions. Subsequent was getting everybody comfortable, and no downside right here too – there’s ample house and the seats are actually a standout; they’re properly contoured and have glorious cushioning.
Settled in, it was time now for the large problem – 1,000km on one tank. We have been leaving at 9:30am, so whereas it wouldn’t be a traffic-free run, being a Sunday, visitors can be gentle. And to make issues extra fascinating, I resolve to not use the Eco drive mode and stick to Regular; if I common 17kpl, the 66-litre tank ought to get me somewhat over 1,100km.
The drive is fairly straightforward and visitors is gentle, nevertheless my plan of sticking with Regular mode is quickly in bother – vehicles on the Lonavala ghat meant I needed to transfer to Sport to get previous them. The profit here’s a little much less physique roll because of the adjustable dampers that alter firmness together with the drive modes. So this stays the plan of motion for many of the drive – ‘Regular’ in all circumstances and Sport solely to rapidly get previous gradual visitors.
I’m probably not light-footing it however utilizing carry and coast successfully, and on the midway mark, issues are trying fairly good. 300km achieved and solely a couple of quarter of a tank of gas used – at this charge I might be at house in Goa on simply half a tank of fuel. Nonetheless, after we do attain, we’ve used just a bit over the midway mark; Belgaum metropolis and Chorla ghat do take a slight toll. Nonetheless we’ve coated 637km with the vary nonetheless displaying one other 460km! The 1,000km problem must be met because of Goa’s gentle visitors and, a couple of days later, on our approach again to Bombay, we’re on course to do about 1,050km! Nonetheless, I calculate the reserve part can be someplace within the ghats, and so I’ve replenish early.
The Passat has pulled off an incredible feat – a mean of 17.7kpl for 4 individuals plus baggage, and with out utilizing Eco mode even as soon as. For a automobile this dimension, it’s merely very good. And as for the nickname, I’m pondering ‘Dreamliner’, as a result of like Boeing’s plane, the Passat is environment friendly, has an incredible vary, and could be very comfy inside – the right long-haul craft.