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VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT DIESEL SALOON

2.0 TDI EVO SCR SEL 4dr DSG

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

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Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions124.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed137mph

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm
  • Lane assist
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Multifunction computer includes visual gear
  • One touch indicator turn signal
  • Proactive occupant protection
  • Security and service including e-call
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
  • Start/Stop function
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Wireless app connect

Entertainment

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

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Automatic leaving home and manual coming home lighting functions
  • Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured door mirrors with intergrated indicators
  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Fully galvanised body
  • Gloss black finish on B pillar
  • Heated rear window
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED rear lights
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted
  • Remote electrically adjustable and foldable heated door mirrors including automatic dimming function on drivers side door mirror puddle lights
  • Warning lights for open tailgate and doors
  • White instrument lighting

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 60:40 split folding rear seat with backrest
  • Driver's door storage compartment for 1.0 litre bottle
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming function
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
  • Front cupholders x2 with covers
  • Front passenger storage compartment for 1.5 litre bottle
  • Height adjustable rear seat head restraints (x3)
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Isofix child seat preparation, outer rear seats
  • Load lashing points x 4 in luggage compartment
  • Load through provision
  • Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Rear seat centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Storage compartment in roof console with cover
  • Vienna leather upholstery + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS (Anti locking brake system) includes BAS (Brake assist) and EBD (Electronic brake pressure distribution)
  • Automatic post collision braking
  • Disc brakes front and rear
  • Door open warning reflectors
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints, longitudinal and height adjustable
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • First aid kit
  • Front airbags with deactivation switch
  • Front and rear passenger curtain airbags
  • Front side impact airbag
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Hill hold function
  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection
  • Rear seat side impact airbags
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Warning light for rear seat belts if unfastened

Security

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

Technical

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

Trim

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

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    102
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    124

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1968
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Code
    CB233Z
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    4.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    60.1

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    150
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TDI
  • Coin Series
    SEL
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    22E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    130000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    150
  • Engine Power - KW
    110
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    266
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    36.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    360
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    137

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    NIVELLE
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1483
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4775
  • Wheelbase
    2786
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2083

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1152
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    586
  • Max. Loading Weight
    625
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1475
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.7

This improved version of the MK8 Volkswagen Passat dials up the finesse still further and looks to build on its predecessor's phenomenal success. Jonathan Crouch reports.

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

Volkswagen is very good at creating a premium driving experience. It always has been with the Passat, so it is perhaps appropriate that the revised version of this eighth generation model was the first car in the company's range to showcase a whole new generation of media and active driving assist technology. The car's latest 'Travel Assist' system now allows 'level 2' partially-autonomous driving at speeds of up to 130mph and the Adaptive Cruise Control system's now predictive, meaning to can anticipate and adapt to road conditions before you reach them. All of which clues you up for what you're in for here. A driving experience that in every way is prioritised towards laid back comfort. Exactly as a typical Passat user would want. Refinement and ride quality are difficult to better in this class - even if you stretch to a contender with a posh premium badge. The flip side of that is that no version of this car is able to offer up a really memorable handling package. Mind you, typical Passat owners would probably be mystified by why such a thing would ever be needed. For them, a model of this kind is there for the journey, not for the way it should be driven. Under the bonnet, the key news for Passat buyers is the introduction of an extensively re-worked version of this model's volume diesel engine, now badged the 2.0 TDI EVO, available with either 122 or 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. 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.

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 Nav', 'SEL' and 'R-Line' - and the usual saloon and estate body styles. Prices start at around £28,000, running up to around £42,000 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 60.1mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and up to 123g/km of CO2. The 1.5 TSI EVO petrol manages up to 46.3mpg (WLTP) and up to 138g/km. The other engines look pretty efficient too. The Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric GTE can now go up to 36 miles (WLTP) between charges. And manages up to 282.5mpg and 27g/km of CO2.

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.

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