The new eight-generation Volkswagen Passat will go on sale in Ireland in January 2015, with prices commencing from €27,295 for the 1.4-litre 125hp TSI petrol model. The diesel range will start at €28,940 for the 1.6-litre 120hp TDI variant. There will be two petrol and three diesel engines available, a 1.4-litre 125hp petrol and a 1.4-litre 150hp petrol engine that has Volkswagen’s Active Cylinder Technology, this shuts off two of the engine’s four-cylinders when not required, therefore saving fuel. The diesel engines include a 1.6-litre TDI with 120hp, a 2.0-litre TDI with 150hp and a 2.0-litre TDI with 190hp.
The new Passat is offered across three trim specifications, Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. Trendline features Air Conditioning, a 5-inch touch screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, an electric parking brake, Front Assist including City Emergency Brake, leather steering wheel and keyless engine start system ‘Keyless Go’.
Comfortline adds 16-inch ‘Sepang’ alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch touch screen infotainment system, Park Distance Control front and rear, cruise control, a leather multi-function steering wheel, ‘Climatronic’ 3-zone automatic air conditioning, front fog lights, an interior ambient lighting package and rain sensing wipers.
The top of the range Highline adds 17-inch ‘London’ alloy wheels, Adaptive Cruise Control, Top comfort seats in Alcantara / leather, Heated front seats, electrically folding exterior mirrors, rear tinted windows, interior ambient lighting package ‘Plus’, dark red tail-lights with LED technology and an interior chrome trim.