Volkswagen 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 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 – 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 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, sports suspension, unique BlueMotion front and rear bumpers and BlueMotion badging and chrome grille highlights.

Prices for the BlueMotion model start at £23,200 RRP OTR for the Passat saloon and rise to £24,750 for the Estate. Both models are available to order now, with first deliveries expected in August.


Peter Thomas

Author:Peter Thomas
Date Updated:16th Jun 2015

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