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Volkswagen PASSAT DIESEL SALOON 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr

Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
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Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO SE 4dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph8.9 secs
  • Top Speed139 mph
  • C02105 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque251 lbs/f
  • P11D28%

Review

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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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

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.

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Driver Convenience
Front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors, audible with audio volume reduction when activated + optical parking display via vehicles infotain system
Remote tailgate unlocking
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
Exterior Features
All LED headlights range adjustable with reflector technology Including 12 separate LED daytime running lights with indicator function
Front fog lights with static cornering function and chrome trimmed surround
Solid paint
Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
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
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
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
Warning lights for open tailgate and doors
White instrument lighting
Interior Features
Django cloth upholstery
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
ergoComfort seat with seat cushion tilt adjustment, thigh support and electric backrest adjustment on the driver side
Front and rear reading lights, x 2 incorporating LED technology
Front seats with lumbar adjustment
LED entrance/warning lights in front doors
Manual air conditioning
Mistral grey roof lining
Three spoke leather trimmed multifuction steering wheel with gear knob
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
Packs
Composition Media Pack - Passat
Safety
ESC (Electronic stability control) + EDL (Electronic Differential lock) and ASR (Traction control), EDTC (Engine drag torque control)
Tyre pressure loss indicator
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
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Electronic engine immobiliser
Technical
Standard suspension
Battery regeneration during braking
Diesel particulate filter
Misfuel prevention device
Wheels
17" Istanbul alloy wheels with self sealing tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts
Steel space saver spare wheel
Entertainment
Aerial for radio integrated into rear windscreen
Trim
Chrome air vent and instrument surround
Cross hatch decorative inserts in dash and door panels
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 101
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 124
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1968
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Code CB233X
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 4.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 60.1
General
AdBlue Yes
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 150
Coin Description TDI
Coin Series SE
Generation Mark 6
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 21E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
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 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 251
Engine Torque - MKG 34.7
Engine Torque - NM 340
Engine Torque - RPM 1600
Top Speed 139
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 215/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear 215/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style ISTANBUL
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1483
Length 4775
Wheelbase 2786
Width (including mirrors) 2083
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 66
Gross Vehicle Weight 2080
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1152
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 586
Max. Loading Weight 630
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1450
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.7

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £362.66 p/m £18.60 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £300.77 p/m £14.08 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £261.40 p/m £15.18 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £267.73 p/m £18.68 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £274.06 p/m £22.18 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £289.36 p/m £32.35 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £303.34 p/m £46.67 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £314.33 p/m £56.29 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £435.19 p/m £22.32 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £360.92 p/m £16.89 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £313.68 p/m £18.22 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £321.27 p/m £22.42 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £328.87 p/m £26.62 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £347.23 p/m £38.82 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £364.01 p/m £56.00 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £377.20 p/m £67.55 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Contract Length
Initial Rental
Annual Mileage
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Area view £835.00
Park assist steering with front/rear parking sensors £215.00
Rear view camera £345.00
Trailer assist steering with park assist £515.00
Exterior Features
Electric panoramic sunroof, glass sliding/tilting including integrated roller blind £1,000.00
IQ.LED matrix headlights with dynamic curve + light assist, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with static cornering, animated indicator £1,700.00
Metallic paint £640.00
Pearlescent paint £640.00
Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted £240.00
Signature metallic paint £770.00
Signature premium paint £1,055.00
Special solid paint £390.00
Towbar with electric swivel function £950.00
Interior Features
Black roof lining £245.00
Climate control - 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation £660.00
ergoComfort driver's seat with 14 way electric adjustment with driver seat massage, memory and comfort entry/exit functions £1,000.00
Heated steering wheel, multi function and leather trimmed £225.00
Luggage net £70.00
Rubber boot mat £50.00
Vienna leather upholstery + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets £1,950.00
Packs
Ambient lighting pack - Passat £205.00
Ambient lighting plus pack - Passat £470.00
Discover navigation pack - Passat £850.00
Discover navigation pro pack - Passat £2,200.00
Dynaudio confidence soundpack - Passat £1,150.00
Easy open package with full electric tailgate/ boot - Passat £600.00
Winter pack with climate pack - Passat £485.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Manganese grey £640.00
Metallic - Pyrite Silver £640.00
Metallic - Reflex silver £640.00
Metallic - Tamarind brown £640.00
Pearl - Deep black £640.00
Signature metallic - Aquamarine blue £770.00
Signature premium - Oryx white £1,055.00
Solid - Urano grey FOC
Special solid - Pure white £390.00
Special solid - Tornado red £390.00
Safety
Tyre pressure monitoring system £150.00
Security
Keyless entry system including start/stop button on centre console £430.00
Technical
Dynamic chassis control £920.00
Sports suspension £260.00
XDS electronic differential lock £205.00
Trim
Django cloth - Titan black FOC
Vienna leather upholstery - Mistral grey + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets £1,950.00
Vienna leather upholstery - Titan black + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets £1,950.00
Wheels
17" London silver alloy wheels and low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts £250.00
17" Sebring alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts £250.00
17" Soho anthracite alloy wheels and low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts £250.00
18" Liverpool alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts £600.00
18" Oxford alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts £600.00
18" Oxford anthracite alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts + low rolling resistance tyres £600.00
Full size alloy spare wheel £160.00
* option prices shown are estimated