Volkswagen Passat R-line 1.8 TSI 4dr: Test Drive Review
20 August 2009
Author: Tristan Young
VW Passat R-line comes with 17inch alloys
|Category:|| Upper medium|
|P11D price:|| £18,320|
|Key rival:|| Ford Mondeo|
Volkswagen has simplified its range by dropping the Sport and SEL and inserting the new R-line trim between the existing S and Highline models.
The R-design offers an impressive level of kit for a mid-spec trim including aircon, cruise control, alloys, body kit, aux socket and front seats with adjustable lumbar support.
We drove the Passat R-line powered by the wonderfully zingy 160PS 1.8T petrol engine, but if you must have a car below 161g/km, as so many fleet policies rightly dictate, then it's also available with the 110PS and 140PS 2.0 TDI engines.
The R-line certainly looks the part, although we're not sure about ordering in white, but the low-profile tyres harm the ride comfort.
Fortunately for VW that's about the only complaint we have about the car. And we've saved the best for last, the price of the R-line (in 1.8T form) is just £18,550 or nearly £1500 less than the equivalent Ford Mondeo.