The new Volkswagen Passat is now available to buy in Ireland. Volkswagen says the eight-generation model boasts a brand new design, new technologies and new engines.
It’s being offered in a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines, including the 1.4-litre 150 TSI petrol which uses Volkswagen’s Active Cylinder Technology. This promises ‘significant fuel saving’ as it shuts down two of the engine’s four-cylinders when they’re not needed. It’s available in the Highline trim.
Three trim levels are available in the new Passat – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.
Air conditioning, Bluetooth, an electric parking brake, 5in touchscreen infotainment unit, Front Assist, including the fender-bender preventing City Emergency Brake, and a keyless engine start system are standard on the entry level Trendline.
Comfortline upgrades to a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system, offers cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, Climatronic three-zone automatic air conditioning, front fog lights, auto wipers, an interior ambient lighting package and 16in Sepang alloy wheels.
Meanwhile, the top of the range Highline features adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, electric wing mirrors, tinted rear windows, interior chrome trim and Alcantara/leather seats.
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.’
Prices for the new Volkswagen Passat start from €27,295 for the 1.4-litre 125bhp TSI petrol saloon model. Diesel prices start from €28,940 – for the 1.6-litre 120bhp TDI. Estate model prices start from €29,225.