8th generation Volkswagen Passat enters premiere league

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Now on sale, the new eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat which boasts a brand new design, new engines and a host of new technologies, has a starting price of just €27,295 for the reintroduced 1.4-litre 125bhp TSI petrol model in saloon guise. Pricing for the diesel range, starts at only €28,940 for the now, more powerful, 1.6-litre 120bhp TDI version.

The estate model starts at €29,225 for the 1.4 125bhp TSI and only €31,200 for the 1.6-litre 120bhp TDI.

There is a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines across the range for the new Passat. The 1.4-litre 125bhp TSI petrol is joined by a 1.4-litre 150 TSI which employs Volkswagen’s Active Cylinder Technology, which shuts off two of the engine’s four-cylinders when not required, which has a significant fuel-saving effect. This starts at €35,145 in Highline trim.

The diesel engine line up consist of the 1.6-litre TDI in 120bhp (106g/km / Tax Band A3), a 2.0-litre TDI with 150bhp (108g/km / Tax Band A3), and a 2.0-litre TDI with 190bhp (106g/km / Tax Band A3).

There are three trim grades in the new Passat, Trendline, Comfortline and Highline with class leading features and technologies across the range.

Trendline features Air Conditioning, a 5-inch touch screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, an electric parking brake, Front Assist including City Emergency Brake, leather steering wheel and keyless engine start system ‘Keyless Go’.

Comfortline adds 16-inch ‘Sepang’ alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch touch screen infotainment system, Park Distance Control front and rear, cruise control, a leather multi-function steering wheel, ‘Climatronic’ 3-zone automatic air conditioning, front fog lights, an interior ambient lighting package and rain sensing wipers.

The top of the range Highline adds 17-inch ‘London’ alloy wheels, Adaptive Cruise Control, Top comfort seats in Alcantara / leather, Heated front seats, electrically folding exterior mirrors, rear tinted windows, interior ambient lighting package ‘Plus’, dark red tail-lights with LED technology and an interior chrome trim.

Commenting on the arrival of the new car, Volkswagen Ireland’s Operations Director Paul Burke said, “this is a hugely important car to us, second only to the Golf in terms of volume. The new model is a real step-up in terms of quality and refinement. This is now a car that will compete will head-on with more expensive executive offerings.”

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The new Passat Saloon    Trim     BHP Band  Tax Price
PASSAT TL 1.4TSI 125HP Trendline 125 B1 €270 €27,295
PASSAT TL 1.6TDI 120HP Trendline 106 A3 €190 €28,940
PASSAT TL 1.6TDI 120HP DSG Trendline 103 A3 €190 €31,130
PASSAT CL 1.4TSI 125HP Comfortline 125 B1 €270 €29,205
PASSAT CL 1.4TSI 125HP DSG Comfortline 116 A4 €200 €31,375
PASSAT CL 1.6TDI 120HP Comfortline 106 A3 €190 €30,815
PASSAT CL 1.6TDI 120HP DSG Comfortline 103 A3 €190 €32,985
PASSAT CL 2.0TDI 150HP Comfortline 108 A3   €190 €32,990
PASSAT CL 2.0TDI 150HP DSG Comfortline 118 A4 €200 €35,135
PASSAT HL 1.4TSI ACT* 150HP Highline 115 A4 €200 €35,145
PASSAT HL 1.4TSI ACT* 150HP DSG Highline 117 A4 €200 €37,250
PASSAT HL 1.6TDI 120HP Highline 106 A3 €190 €32,580
PASSAT HL 1.6TDI 120HP DSG Highline 103 A3 €190 €34,735
PASSAT HL 2.0TDI 150HP Highline 108 A3 €190 €34,760
PASSAT HL 2.0TDI 150HP DSG Highline 118 A4 €200 €36,885
PASSAT HL 2.0TDI 190HP Highline 106 A3 €190 €38,085
PASSAT HL 2.0TDI 190HP DSG Highline 118 A4 €200 €40,160
The new Passat Estate   
PASSAT EST. TL 1.4TSI 125HP Trendline 126 B1 €270 €29,225
PASSAT EST. TL 1.6TDI 120HP Trendline 108 A3 €190 €31,200
PASSAT EST. TL 1.6TDI 120HP DSG Trendline 104 A3 €190 €33,370
PASSAT EST. CL 1.4TSI 125HP Comfortline 126 B1 €270 €31,130
PASSAT EST. CL 1.4TSI 125HP DSG Comfortline 119 A4 €200 €33,620
PASSAT EST. CL 1.6TDI 120HP Comfortline 108 A3 €190 €33,080
PASSAT EST. CL 1.6TDI 120HP DSG Comfortline 104 A3 €190 €35,230
PASSAT EST. CL 2.0TDI 150HP Comfortline 107 A3 €190 €34,880
PASSAT EST. CL 2.0TDI 150HP DSG Comfortline 119 A4 €200 €37,790
PASSAT EST. HL 1.4TSI ACT* 150HP Highline 119 A4 €200 €36,995
PASSAT EST. HL 1.4TSI ACT* 150HP DSG Highline 119 A4 €200 €39,480
PASSAT EST. HL 1.6TDI 120HP Highline 108 A3 €190 €34,835
PASSAT EST. HL 1.6TDI 120HP DSG Highline 104 A3 €190 €36,965
PASSAT EST. HL 2.0TDI 150HP Highline 107 A3 €190 €36,615
PASSAT EST. HL 2.0TDI 150HP DSG Highline 119 A4 €200 €39,545
PASSAT EST. HL 2.0TDI 190HP Highline 109 A3 €190 €39,910
PASSAT EST. HL 2.0TDI 190HP DSG Highline 119 A4 €200 €42,395

*ACT: Active Cylinder Technology.