Passat changes aim to make it stand out
19 May 2009
VW has changed the line-up on its Passat range, with a new R-line trim replacing current Sport and SEL offerings. The entry S level remains, as do the low-CO2 Bluemotion and top-end Highline trims, as well as the performance R36 model.
The new trim is available with a choice of two petrol (122PS 1.4 and 160PS 1.8) and two diesel (110 2.0 and 140PS 2.0), with all but the 1.8 petrol model falling below the new 161g/km capital allowance boundary.
VW has priced the new trim at £600 above the S model, with a claimed £2470 of extra equipment. On the exterior, the R-Line is distinguishable by a styling pack that makes it look like the 295PS R36 model, as well as new alloy wheels. Inside, extra kit over an S model includes cruise control, height adjust and lumber support for the front seats, tyre pressure monitoring system, multi-function steering wheel and front arm rest.
"The changes are to make the car stand out more," VW fleet boss Vince Kinner told BusinessCar. "There are lots of new cars in this sector, and Highline does a good job but it's at the top end of the range."
A new Passat is due around 18 months from now.