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A Family Car With Style


The Volkswagen Passat has been with us, amazingly, since 1973 and has been popular throughout that time as a well built, reliable, family sized saloon car and that’s about it. Motor Blogger’s sleep has never been disturbed by dreams of driving or owning this car. Once, when supplied the model preceding the current version as a rental, the journey was completed in a comfortable, efficient and totally unmemorable manner.

In 2011 VW produced the current version which on the Geiger counter of automotive desirability barely registered. The styling is a bit bland but it does as required and is in many ways a classy vehicle. Certainly, for a large car, the BlueMotion version seems to be extraordinarily efficient.

The CC (it stands for comfort coupé ) version is a bit more like it. The styling is sleeker but the sloping roof does compromise the rear seats. So that’s it – the Passat, an excellent if unexciting car that appeals to fleet owners and company car users; until now.

Introducing the Volkswagen Passat R-Line, as pictured. The R-Line trim level is new with a bespoke body kit to give a more sporty image and we’re pleased to say that it works. The front spoiler has swivelling fog lights, the suspension has been lowered by 15mm, whilst the body kit gives the car a ground-hugging profile. Special wheels, chrome trim, tinted windows and a neat boot-lid spoiler complete the make-over.

The usual suspects are available under the bonnet but now augmented by a new more efficient 1.4L TSI petrol engine. There are paddle shifters on the DSG version and up to 65mpg can be expected depending on engine choice. The equipment level is based on the Passat S and includes the now ubiquitous Bluetooth coupled with DAB, USB and iPod connectivity as is expected on a car in this class.

So and finally, it is time for a revised opinion. The Passat has always been a trusted Volkswagen product that performed very well indeed but was never a car to set the pulses racing. Now at least new car buyers can get their hands on a version that delivers all that is expected of the Passat but now with added pizazz. Expect to pay from a maximum of £26k downwards depending on the model and orders are being taken now for June delivery.

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