Volkswagen Passat now lighter and more premium

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 3, 2015

Following its global unveiling last year, Volkswagen South Africa has announced pricing details of its new eighth generation Passat.

Known internally as the B8, the Passat rides on the Wolfsburg-based firm’s versatile MQB platform that also underpins the Golf, Audi A3 and TT, and is claimed to be 85 kg lighter and up to 14% more fuel efficient than the previous B7.

Measuring 4 767 mm long, 1 832 mm wide and 1 456 mm high, the B8 is also two millimetres shorter, 12 mm wider and 14 mm lower than before, with Volkswagen claiming that the drop in size, translates to an increase of 33 cm in interior space.

Underneath its skin, the Passat also features reworked front and rear axles as well as telescopic shock absorbers that is said to improve ride quality and handling. In addition, higher spec models can also be fitted with Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control system that allows for the choosing of three driving modes; Comfort Normal and Sport, and the same XDS electronic diff-lock that debuted on the Golf GTI.

Standard spec has also been revised with the base Comfortline featuring Volkswagen’s 6.5-inch Composition Media touchscreen infotainment system, eight-speaker sound system with Bluetooth audio streaming, front and rear parking sensors and 16-inch Sepang alloy wheels.

Moving one up, the Highline adds 17-inch London alloy wheels, heated leather / Alcantara front seats, three-zone climate control and upgrades infotainment display, while the range topping R-Line benefits from revised bumpers and door sills, chrome plated grille with R-Line badge, gloss black rear diffuser and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Added optional extras are extensive and includes an eight-inch Discover Pro infotainment system with satellite navigation, a Dynaudio Confidence sound system, 19-inch alloy wheels, Head-Up Display, Adaptive Cruise Control with auto brake collisions avoidance, driver fatigue alert, active LED cornering headlights, keyless go and reverse camera.

Up front, the Passat does away with the previous 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI engine in favour of three TSI units with a single TDI expected next year.

Kicking-off the range, the Comfortline comes fitted with a 1.4 TSI that serves up 110 kW and 250 N.m of torque. Transmission options are either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG with Volkswagen claiming a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.3 L/100 km for the manual, and 5.2 L/100 km for the auto. Emissions are rated at 124 g/km and 121 g/km respectively.

Available exclusively with the DSG, the Highline uses a revised version of the B7’s 1.8 TSI engine that now delivers 132 kW (up from 118 kW) and 250 N.m of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.8 L/100 km and emissions at 130 g/km.

Completing the range, the R-Line uses the same 2.0 TSI engine as the Golf GTI with the amount of twist remaining unchanged at 162 kW and 350 N.m of torque. A six-speed DSG is the only transmission offered with Volkswagen claiming a combined consumption of 6.2 L/100 km and emissions of 143 g/km.

A 140 kW 2.0 TDI engine is likely to debut next year while it remains unconfirmed whether the twin-turbo version of this engine, which delivers 176 kW and 500 N.m of torque and offers four-wheel drive, will become available. No-no’s are the European only Golf R powered 2.0 TSI 4Motion (206 kW / 350 N.m) and entry-level 1.6 TDI (88 kW / 250 N.m).

A three year / 120 000 km warranty and five year / 100 000 km maintenance plan is standard on all models.

 

PRICING

MODEL POWER PRICE
1.4 TSI Comfortline 110 kW / 250 N.m R378 800
1.4 TSI Comfortline DSG 110 kW / 250 N.m R398 800
1.8 TSI Highline DSG 132 kW / 250 N.m R444 200
2.0 TSI R-Line DSG 162 kW / 350 N.m R476 800