Passat Saloon

Dynamic Innovation

From whichever angle you view the Passat, the design is unmistakably and unequivocally Volkswagen: stylish, innovative and elegant.

For years the Passat range has been renowned for delivering the ultimate in reliability, practicality and comfort. Now, Volkswagen are building on this established reputation with a range of highly innovative, technological advancements, designed to meet your every expectation, and make a real difference in terms of quality, refinement and luxury.

With prices starting at  starting from £21,610 (RRP OTR) for the entry-level saloon, this all-new car brings a host of new technologies, comfort and convenience features and efficient engines to the Passat class, while its design, quality and style allow it to compete with premium rivals, at a competitive price.

Although the new car has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor and more interior space, it is up to 85 kg lighter, while EU6-compliant, more efficient engines mean fuel savings and carbon dioxide emissions reductions of up to 14 per cent.

With diesel engines ranging in power from a 1.6-litre 120 PS, through to two 2.0-litre units with 150 or 190 PS, to a range-topping 2.0-litre bi-turbo with 240 PS, DSG gearbox and 4MOTION four-wheel drive and recently introduced petrol engines with a 1.4 TSI 125 PS or 150 PS through to a 1.8 TSI with 180 PS. A plug-in hybrid GTE version with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and electric motor followed in October 2016.

Five trim levels are offered: S, SE, SE Business, GT and R-Line. All will offer a high level of standard features with highlights including Post-Collision Braking System and mis-fuelling prevention on all; Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Crash system, Driver Profile Selection, Ergo Comfort seats and front and rear parking sensors on SE and above; and Discover Navigation on the SE Business which is aimed at fleet drivers. Luxurious heated Alcantara seats, three-zone climate control and 18-inch wheels are standard on GT, while the range-topping R-Line adds a host of bespoke design features.

A frugal BlueMotion with a 1.6-litre engine returning 78 mpg and just 95 g/km of CO2 joined the range in June 2015, while an Alltrack version of the Estate came in July. 

A number of new optional features are also available including: 

- Car-Net “Guide and Inform”: in-car connection to the internet via a smartphone Wi-fi hotspot, allowing key information such as online traffic data, news and weather to be accessed via the Passat’s colour touchscreen infotainment system. 

- Predictive Pedestrian Protection: a radar behind the rear-view mirror scans the area in front of the Passat and detects pedestrians, exercising a full emergency stop if there is no braking intervention from the driver. 

- Traffic Jam Assist: brakes, accelerates and steers automatically, easing the strain during stop-and-go traffic. 

- Emergency Assist: helps keep the car in the lane and brakes automatically to a full stop if there is a medical emergency situation.

- Trailer Assist: helps to manoeuvre trailers with ease as the system automatically steers with precision. The driver is only required to accelerate and brake.

Later in 2015 innovations such as an Active Info Display made an appearance in the GT models. This replaces the traditional instrument cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display, and a head up display is also available.

This is the eighth generation of Passat, of which nearly 22 million units have been sold since launch in 1973.

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