WITH over 30 million sold worldwide across its lifetime, the Passat is the best-selling mid-size model in the world. The enhanced eighth generation model benefits from latest connectivity, powertrain and engine technologies and opens for order today with a wide choice of engines and transmissions, with more choices to follow in the coming weeks.
The Passat is the longest continuing name plate in the Volkswagen passenger car range, having been originally launched in 1973. The latest update of this premium and spacious vehicle is offered in SE, SEL, and R-Line trims from launch. A limited edition, Estate-only R-Line Edition will also be available.
Entry-level SE trim cars are identifiable by their 17-inch 'Istanbul' alloy wheels and black roof rails on Estate models, while a Composition Media System, incorporating a 6.5" colour touch-screen, DAB and Bluetooth comes as standard. The entire Passat range benefits from boosted connectivity, with wireless App Connect now fitted as standard, allowing the driver to seamlessly connect their smartphone to the Passat's infotainment system via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink via Bluetooth, without the need to plug the device in via a USB cable.
The Passat range now gains all-LED headlights from entry-level SE cars up, including LED running lights that perform the indicator function as standard. The rear lights also incorporate LED technology. In addition, all Passat models come with Wireless App Connect. The entry-level option, 1.5-litre TSI 150 PS will open for order in the coming weeks, available as both a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. Until then, prices for the Passat start at £27,630 RRP OTR for the 1.6-litre TDI 120 PS seven-speed DSG saloon.
The New Passat will also be the first Volkswagen to be fitted with Travel Assist - a system that allows the car to be driven at up to 130 mph - where legal - in a partially automated mode. It combines the latest version of Adaptive Cruise Control, version 3.0, which can now auto adjust the speed including temporary speed-limits as well as slowing for junctions and corners. It is led by information from road sign recognition and GPS. This is combined with Lane Assist version 2.0 which can now recognise kerbs and grass verges as well as road markings. This new driver-assistance technology will be standard across the Passat range.