16.6.2015Volkswagen unveils BlueMotion Passat
Volkswagen is boosting the appeal of its award-winning Passat and Passat Estate ranges with the addition of ultra-efficient BlueMotion variants. Both saloon and Estate models return 76.3 mpg and emit just 95 g/km of carbon dioxide according to the official test.
The relatively low official CO2 figure for its class means the Passat and Passat Estate attract a 17% BIK rate for the 2015-2016 company car tax year. This falls in 2016-2017 by 1% with the removal of the 3% diesel surcharge.
Such efficiency has been possible thanks to the installation 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 engineâ€™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 â€“ slightly greater than for the standard 1.6-litre engine, meaning there is no compromise in performance for the BlueMotion version.
In Estate guise, 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 Volkswagenâ€™s 6.5-inch â€˜Composition Mediaâ€™ infotainment system.
Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems are also standard on board, while the BlueMotion adds 17-inch â€˜Sohoâ€™ alloy wheels with super-optimised low rolling resistance tyres, sports suspension, unique BlueMotion front and rear bumpers and BlueMotion badging and chrome grille highlights.
Prices for the BlueMotion model start at Â£23,200 RRP OTR for the Passat saloon and rise to Â£24,750 for the Estate. Both models are available to order now, with first deliveries expected in August.