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The picks of Passat

  • More performance and better economy thanks to Bluemotion;
  • Economy of up top 76.3mpg;
  • CO2 rating of just 95 g/km;
  • 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds;
  • Prices from £23,200;
  • Deliveries expected in August.

SPACE and BIK bashing economy are the promises being made by the new Volkswagen Passat and Passat Estate now fitted with BlueMotion technology.

Both saloon and Estate models claim to return 76.3 mpg while emitting just 95 g/km of CO2.

This comes thanks to the use of a modified version of the Passat’s entry-level 1.6-litre TDI 120 PS engine with SCR, as well as BlueMotion modifications.

The engine’s maximum power is produced at 3,600 rpm, with torque of 250 Nm developed at 1,750 rpm.  Standstill to 62 mph takes 10.8 seconds, while top speed is 130 mph – besting the standard 1.6-litre engine, meaning there is no compromise in performance for the BlueMotion version.

With the Estate version, the same is true with 0 to 62 mph in 11 seconds and a top speed of 129 mph, exceeding those of the standard 1.6-litre car.  The 1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion is available in combination with a six-speed manual gearbox only.

Based on the entry-level S model, all BlueMotion Passat models feature a Post-Collision Braking System, mis-fuelling prevention and Driver Alert, as well as Volkswagen’s 6.5-inch ‘Composition Media’ infotainment system.  Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems are also standard on board, while the BlueMotion adds 17-inch ‘Soho’ alloy wheels with super-optimised low rolling resistance tyres, lowered sports suspension, unique BlueMotion front and rear bumpers and BlueMotion badging and chrome grille highlights.

Prices for the BlueMotion model start at £23,200 on-the-road for the Passat saloon and rise to £24,750 for the Estate.

Passat and Passat Estate BlueMotion models are available to order now, with first deliveries expected in August.