Volkswagen Passat Review
19 January 2015
The new Passat is bigger, yet lighter and more fuel efficient that the car it replaces. Some versions are as much as 20 per cent more economical than before, with the tax-friendly 1.6-litre TDI diesel emitting just 105g/km of CO2 (103g/km with the DSG gearbox).
From launch, the new Passat has only been offered with a choice of diesel engines, though a petrol-electric plug-in GTE version will join the range later. The all-TDI line-up kicks off with a 118bhp 1.6-litre TDI, includes a 2.0-litre TDI with 148bhp or 187bhp outputs, and is topped by a flagship 237bhp bi-turbo TDI. The latter is matched to a DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
This review was created before the introduction of a new test for fuel consumption and CO2 figures. The figures included in the article are based on the outgoing (NEDC) test cycle and you should not use them to compare with other cars, unless they were tested under the same procedures.