It is easy to see why the Volkswagen Passat has become a firm favourite in the large family and executive saloon class. The Passat has won many accolades over the years, and in 2015 it received the prestigious Car of the Year award for Europe.
The classic good looks of the Passat have been updated in the latest edition of the saloon, creating an imposing, sophisticated car. The large chrome-barred grille stretches out to the stylised headlights which are either LED or halogen depending on the model. Alloy wheels are fitted on all models, with a variety of styles available.
The spacious interior has the high quality finish you would expect of an upmarket executive saloon. There is plenty of room for all your passengers to travel in comfort, with generous headroom and legroom in both the front and the rear. You are unlikely to run out of storage space in the Passat with its large boot, which can be extended to 1,152 litres when the rear seats are folded down.
The Volkswagen Passat is available with a choice of diesel engines as well as the hybrid GTE edition. The 1.6-litre 118bhp TDI delivers 250Nm of torque, has a maximum speed of 128mph and is available with six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic version. A BlueMotion manual edition of the 1.6-litre TDI is also available. The 2.0-litre 148bhp engine delivers 3,500Nm of torque, and has the option of being fitted with DSG dual clutch automatic transmission instead of the standard six-speed manual gearbox. This version of the Passat accelerates from 0-60mph in under nine seconds, while the 2.0-litre 187bhp travels from 0-60mph in less than eight seconds. If you opt for the GTE plug-in hybrid, you get a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine combined with the electric motor, which has a combined 215bhp and delivers 400Nm of torque. The GTE has a top speed of 140mph and moves from 0-60mph in under eight seconds.
Technology and safety
The Discover Navigation Pro system combines satellite navigation functionality with a DVD and radio to display all your infotainment in one place. The system can be operated through voice control for safer driving. The Passat has many features available to keep you and your passengers safe, including Area View parking camera, park assist, adaptive cruise control and side scan technology. Area View technology gives you views of the immediate area all around your car, helping you to assess what is happening where visibility is restricted. For example, Area View could help you to check what is coming when you are pulling out of an awkward driveway.
Whether you live in Sussex, Surrey or Kent, you will find a Motorline Volkswagen showroom within reach. Call ahead to book a test drive, or call round to one of our showroom locations, where our advisors will be happy to answer any questions you have about the Volkswagen Passat.
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