Volkswagen has announced pricing and specification details for the new Passat. We look at what you get for your money.
Volkswagen puts price on new Passat
Volkswagen has revealed initial pricing and specification information for the seventh generation Passat.
Available from launch as both a saloon and estate, the Passat promises improved refinement and features iPod connectors as standard. Could the new VW Passat be your next family car?
New VW Passat: driver fatigue detection
On sale from today (19 October), the new Volkswagen Passat is available in a choice of three trim levels: S, SE and Sport.
Compared to the previous car, VW has upgraded the entry-level S trim with a standard iPod connector and multifunction steering wheel. SE gains an eight-speaker stereo with DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, and driver fatigue detection system – presumably similar to that available from Mercedes on the E-Class and above.
Finally, Sport includes touch-screen satellite navigation system as standard. Six airbags, stability control and anti-whiplash front headrests are included right across the range.
New VW Passat: improved refinement
VW is claiming significantly improved refinement in the new Passat.
This has been achieved by using thicker glass in the side windows, an acoustic windscreen (which features a plastic layer laminated between two glass layers) and additional bulkhead sound deadening. The latest generation common-rail TDI turbodiesel and TSI turbo petrol engines also help reduce the racket inside.
That fatigue detection system may be more necessary than we originally thought…
BlueMotion Technology means great economy
Other good news for future Passat buyers includes excellent fuel economy figures.
Every diesel engine in the line-up is badged ‘BlueMotion Technology’, reflecting the fact they all include start-stop and brake energy regeneration as standard. As a result, the base 103bhp 1.6-litre TDI emits 114g/km CO2 while returning 65.7mpg – an improvement over the last generation BlueMotion Passat.
The full BlueMotion treatment this time around will result in 68.8mpg and 109g/km CO2 – but this model doesn’t go on sale until 2011 (all figures according to European test cycles).
Other engine choices include 138bhp and 167bhp 2.0-litre TDI turbodiesels, and 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 turbo petrols, offering 120-207bhp. Six- or seven-speed DSG automatic transmissions are optional on all but the 1.6-litre TDI, with a six-speed manual otherwise standard.
New VW Passat: pricing
The new Volkswagen Passat should start arriving with the first customers before the end of the year.
Prices start at £18,470 for the 120bhp 1.4 TSI petrol in S specification, and that economical 1.6 TDI is available from £19,232. Top spec is the 2.0-litre TDI 167bhp with six-speed DSG and Sport trim, priced from £25,623 as a saloon or £26,955 as an estate.
Best-seller is expected to be the 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI SE, at £21,562. For the first time the Estate is predicted to outsell the saloon by 53% to 47%. Estate models command a premium of around £1,270.