The new Passat model range has been extended with the introduction of the 2.0 TDI engine. Until now the Passat, which was launched here last year, was only offered with petrol engines.
Brian Joss – The introduction of the 2.0 TDI with 130kW completes the model range of the eighth generation Passat. Its new four-cylinder 1968 cc engine is compact, lightweight and fuel-efficient, and has been designed to deliver greater fuel economy and sporty performance. A power output of 130kW is available from 3600 to 4000rpm, while 350 Nm of maximum torque is delivered from as low as 1500rpm, up to 3500rpm. The 6-speed DSG powered engine reaches a top speed of 228km/h, and a zero to 100km/h sprint is achieved in a respectable 8.2 seconds. Its claimed combined cycle of fuel consumption is miserly 5.0 litres per 100km.
Refreshed model range
The range is now offered in two new equipment lines, Luxury and Executive. The Luxury derivatives get LED headlights, 3-Zone Climatronic Air conditioner and Vienna Leather seats with seat heating as standard.
The range topper, Executive, has App Connect, Nappa leather seats as well as LED headlights with dynamic cornering lights and LED daytime running lights as new standard features. Furthermore, the Executive derivative is fitted as standard with R-Line Styling Package which adds sporty front grille; front and rear grille; side skirt as well as 18- inch ‘Marseille’ alloy wheels.
All the derivatives are only available with DSG (6-speed for 2.0 TSI and TDI; 7-speed for 1.4 TSI) transmission.
The optional features include a tow package; adaptive cruise control and head-up display; rear view camera and electric front seats, to name some.