VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT DIESEL SALOON 2.0 TDI EVO SCR SEL 4dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2125 g/km

We tend to think of cars in either 'premium' or 'volume' terms. Here though, is one that could comfortably fit within either definition, the revised version of the eighth generation Volkswagen Passat. Though targeted at the medium range Mondeo sector, it's long had an appeal stretching beyond, up towards the premium mid-sized executive saloon segment. Global buyers like that and the result is a worldwide favourite the Wolfsburg maker simply can't afford to get wrong. Hence the smarter looks, extra technology and efficient returns of this classy contender.

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We tend to think of cars in either 'premium' or 'volume' terms. Here though, is one that could comfortably fit within either definition, the revised version of the eighth generation Volkswagen Passat. Though targeted at the medium range Mondeo sector, it's long had an appeal stretching beyond, up towards the premium mid-sized executive saloon segment. Global buyers like that and the result is a worldwide favourite the Wolfsburg maker simply can't afford to get wrong. Hence the smarter looks, extra technology and efficient returns of this classy contender.

Background

As much as we like to think that the automotive world revolves around this sceptred isle, the truth is somewhat different. Here, we hold up the BMW 3 Series as the paragon of success in building sales volumes on the back of premium build quality, but in global terms the 3 Series is a bit-part player compared to Volkswagen's Passat. How successful is the Passat? You might want to sit down for this one. It sells more than the entire product line-ups of BMW or Audi; fully 1.1 million cars a year, with China and the US the biggest recipients. It's a car that plays a very deft hand, bridging the gap between the mainstream and premium marques while delivering comfort and value that's often market-leading. It's why the Passat is now Volkswagen's most successful nameplate and the reason why Wolfsburg can't afford to get generation eight wrong. Hence this revised version.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, the key news for Passat buyers is the introduction of an extensively re-worked version of this model's volume 150PS diesel engine, now badged the 2.0 TDI EVO 150PS. As before, it can be had with a 7-speed DSG auto 'box and now features Active Cylinder Shutdown for greater efficiency, the first time that this feature has been fitted to a Volkswagen diesel engine. Diesel and 4MOTION 4WD feature as usual in the 'Alltrack' estate variant which gains a higher ride height for limited off road ability. For petrol people, there's the VW Group's familiar 150PS 1.5-litre TSI EVO unit, available with either manual or DSG auto transmission. Up to a quarter of Passat sales are expected to be taken by the Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric GTE version, which mates a 1.4 TSI petrol engine with an electric motor. This derivative now uses an upgraded lithium-ion battery which now enables a longer 36-mile WLTP-rated driving range. Across the line-up, there's a new 'Travel Assist' feature which allows the car to be driven at highway speeds in partly automated mode.

Design and Build

The difficulty in attracting buyers away from the likes of BMW and Audi is that you need your product to offer all the attractions of a BMW and Audi but at a more competitive price. That includes looking as expensive as these brands, which is something the Passat has often struggled to achieve. Not any more. At least not from the outside, where this facelifted version of the eighth generation Passat looks sleek, chiselled and polished, with full-LED head and tail lights that emphasise the car's width. Inside, cabin quality is at least the equal of what you'd find in more expensive premium brand mid-sized saloon, especially if you're able to stretch to one of the higher trim levels. The interior features a big central 8-inch screen and a set of optional digital 'virtual' dials. The seats, as in most Volkswagens, initially feel unyielding but are supremely comfortable over longer distances. Three adults can fit in the back too - there's far more space than you'd get in a 3 Series, a C-Class or an A4. The boot measures an enormous 586-litres, while the estate gets even more, with 650-litres available under the tonneau.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels to choose from - 'SE', 'SEL' and 'R-Line' - and the usual saloon and estate body styles. Prices start at around £25,500, running up to around £40,000 and there's a premium of just over £1,500 if you want the estate. As before, there's the transmission choice of either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG auto, the self-shifter standardised further up the range. All variants are well equipped, even entry 'SE' derivatives featuring full-LED headlights. 'SEL' examples can be identified by their 17-inch 'Nivelle' alloy wheels, and also offer Vienna leather seats, the Discover Navigation system with an 8-inch colour screen and Voice Control. SEL cars also have tinted rear windows and silver roof rails for the Estate. 'R-Line' trim brings 18-inch 'Monterrey' alloy wheels, sports suspension, an R-Line exterior styling pack and Nappa leather front sport seats embroidered with the R-Line logo. There are also stainless steel pedals, 3Zone climate control and black roof lining, while keyless entry and an easy open boot also feature as standard on this top trim level. The Plug-in hybrid GTE version and the SUV-style 'Alltrack' estate variant get their own specific trim specs.

Cost of Ownership

For all the talk of premium quality and engine refinement, the Passat is a car that absolutely has to nail the right numbers when it comes to efficiency, largely because it still relies on company buyers for a significant slug of sales. If a fleet manager thinks the company's better off putting you in something Korean or Japanese, that's what you're going to get. Fortunately, this current car seems to make all the right numbers, aided by the fact that the volume 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel engine now joins the base 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol unit in offering 'Active Cylinder Shutdown'. This shuts down two of the engine's four cylinders under light-to-medium throttle loads to save fuel. The 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel manages up to 55.2mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and up to 106g/km (NEDC). The 1.5 TSI EVO petrol manages up to 45.7mpg (WLTP) and up to 122g/km (NEDC). The other engines look pretty efficient too. The Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric GTE can now go up to 36 miles (WLTP) between charges.

Summary

So, what have we here? A strong contender to be sure. This revised version of the eighth generation design, the fastest-selling Volkswagen on the planet, looks smarter than before, the interior feels upmarket and there are all sorts of super-slick systems and features that are more like those you'd expect to find in a BMW, an Audi or a Mercedes. It drives well too. Thankfully, Volkswagen hasn't tried to inject a whole load of unnecessary sportiness across the range. The Passat was always at its best as a comfortable mile muncher and the big steps forward that Volkswagen has made in refinement, comfort and economy in recent years make this car more accomplished than ever in that regard. Crucially too, it continues to combine all of this with residual values that often actually improve on those delivered by the premium brands. There are, it's true, more affordable, sharper handling choices in this class. But there are none that leave you with a nicer feeling when you wake up in the morning, pull the curtains and see one of these in your driveway. It's a feeling that's very Volkswagen. And perfectly Passat.

  • Rain sensor
  • Heated rear window
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted

  • Disc brakes front and rear
  • ABS (Anti locking brake system) includes BAS (Brake assist) and EBD (Electronic brake pressure distribution)
  • Automatic post collision braking
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill hold function

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Wireless app connect
  • Security and service including e-call

  • Proactive occupant protection
  • Adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Driver alert system
  • Lane assist
  • Speed sensitive power steering

  • One touch indicator turn signal
  • Start/Stop function

  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
  • Multifunction computer includes visual gear
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Body coloured door mirrors with intergrated indicators
  • Remote electrically adjustable and foldable heated door mirrors including automatic dimming function on drivers side door mirror puddle lights

  • Cross hatch decorative inserts in dash and door panels
  • Chrome air vent and instrument surround

  • Misfuel prevention device
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Battery regeneration during braking

  • Aerial for radio integrated into rear windscreen
  • DAB Digital radio receiver

  • Gloss black finish on B pillar
  • Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
  • White instrument lighting
  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Fully galvanised body
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Volkswagen roundel

  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Warning lights for open tailgate and doors
  • Automatic leaving home and manual coming home lighting functions
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED rear lights
  • LED rear number plate lights

  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
  • Load lashing points x 4 in luggage compartment
  • Rear seat centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Driver's door storage compartment for 1.0 litre bottle
  • Front passenger storage compartment for 1.5 litre bottle
  • Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
  • Storage compartment in roof console with cover
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Vienna leather upholstery + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets
  • Front cupholders x2 with covers
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Load through provision
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • 12V socket in front centre console

  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Front and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming function

  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • First aid kit
  • Door open warning reflectors
  • Front and rear passenger curtain airbags
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints, longitudinal and height adjustable
  • Front airbags with deactivation switch
  • Warning light for rear seat belts if unfastened
  • Rear seat side impact airbags
  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Front side impact airbag

  • 60:40 split folding rear seat with backrest
  • Isofix child seat preparation, outer rear seats
  • Height adjustable rear seat head restraints (x3)

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 101
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 125
  • HC: N

  • Engine Code: CB233X
  • CC: 1968
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 55.4

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21E
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 130000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: SEL
  • Coin Description: TDI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.9
  • Top Speed: 139
  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 251
  • Engine Torque - NM: 340
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 34.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R17
  • Wheel Style: NIVELLE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2083
  • Height: 1483
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4775
  • Width: N
  • Wheelbase: 2786

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1450
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2080
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 630
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 586
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1152
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7

  • ESC (Electronic stability control) + EDL (Electronic Differential lock) and ASR (Traction control), EDTC (Engine drag torque control): Included

  • Rubber boot mat: £50

  • Dynamic chassis control: £920
  • Sports suspension: £260
  • Standard suspension: Included

  • Rear view camera: £345
  • Park assist steering with front/rear parking sensors: £215
  • Area view: £835
  • Trailer assist steering with park assist: £515
  • Front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors, audible with audio volume reduction when activated + optical parking display via vehicles infotain system: Included

  • Remote tailgate unlocking: Included

  • Head up Display: £540

  • Harmon/Kardon premium sound system including 16 channel digital amplifier, 700 watt output and 11 speakers plus subwoofer: £1,200

  • Electric panoramic sunroof, glass sliding/tilting including integrated roller blind: £1,000
  • Metallic paint: £640
  • Pearlescent paint: £640
  • Special solid paint: £390
  • Signature metallic paint: £770
  • Solid paint: Included

  • IQ.LED matrix headlights with dynamic curve + light assist, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with static cornering, animated indicator: £1,700
  • Front fog lights with static cornering function and chrome trimmed surround: Included
  • All LED headlights range adjustable with reflector technology Including 12 separate LED daytime running lights with indicator function: Included

  • Climate control - 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation: £660
  • Manual air conditioning: Included

  • Luggage net: £70
  • Black roof lining: £245
  • Three spoke leather trimmed multifuction steering wheel with gear knob: Included
  • Mistral grey roof lining: Included
  • Heated steering wheel, multi function and leather trimmed: £225

  • LED entrance/warning lights in front doors: Included
  • Front and rear reading lights, x 2 incorporating LED technology: Included

  • Discover navigation pack - Passat: Included
  • Easy open package with full electric tailgate/ boot - Passat: £600
  • Discover navigation pro pack - Passat: £2,200
  • Ambient lighting pack - Passat: £205
  • Ambient lighting plus pack - Passat: £470

  • Metallic - Manganese grey: £640
  • Metallic - Reflex silver: £640

  • Pearl - Deep black: £640

  • Solid - Urano grey: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £390
  • Special solid - Tornado red: £390
  • Signature metallic - Aquamarine blue: £770

  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS): £150
  • Digital key: £215

  • ergoComfort driver's seat with 14 way electric adjustment with driver seat massage, memory and comfort entry/exit functions: £1,000
  • Front seats with lumbar adjustment: Included
  • ergoComfort seat with seat cushion tilt adjustment, thigh support and electric backrest adjustment on the driver side: Included
  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment: Included

  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys: Included
  • Keyless entry system including start/stop button on centre console: £430

  • Towbar with electric swivel function: £950

  • XDS electronic differential lock: £205

  • Vienna leather upholstery - Mistral grey + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets: £0
  • Vienna leather upholstery - Titan black + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets: £0

  • 17" London silver alloy wheels and low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £250
  • 17" Nivelle black alloy wheels with self sealing tyres and low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 17" Soho anthracite alloy wheels and low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £250
  • 18" Oxford anthracite alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts + low rolling resistance tyres: £600
  • 17" Sebring alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £250
  • 18" Oxford alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £600
  • 18" Liverpool alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £600

  • Tyre mobility kit: Included
  • Space saver spare wheel: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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