Volkswagen debuted another stunning model to us at last week’s Geneva Motor Show designed for those estate model lovers who need something more substantial when it comes to wanting the handling of a 4×4. With 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive and an increased suspension by 27.5mm over the Passat Estate this new model looks the part!
Volkswagen understands the popularity of their Passat line and wants to make it possible for every driver to have the car of their dreams. For this reason, they have chosen to expand and offer the Volkswagen Passat R-line along with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine which increases efficiency. What makes this car different from others in the line up?
The R-line features a bespoke body kit which gives the car a sleek, sporty look. A unique bumper is incorporated into the front, complete with fog lights offering a cornering function. The sports suspension has been lowered by 15 mm and new side skirts leave the car looking like it is hugging the ground. The distinctive bumper on the rear of the car and the 18-inch ‘Kansas’ alloy wheels and low-profile 235/40 tyres add to this impression. The boot lid spoiler is another addition which drivers are sure to love. Dark-tinted rear windows are nicely offset by the chrome window surrounds and the bumpers have been trimmed in chrome also for a unified look. Volkswagen has chosen to install standard bi-xenon headlights on this car along with LED daytime running lights and tail lights to make this car really stand out in a crowd.
When it comes to equipment in the Passat R-line, drivers will be pleased to learn each model comes with the kit seen in the Passat S. Highlights of this equipment include USB and iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, a leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel and DAB digital radio. Drivers who choose a DSG model will get gear-shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Engine and transmission combinations offered in the Passat R-line include a 1.5-litre PS TDI engine with six speed manual gearbox, a 2.0-litre 140 PS TDI engine with a DSG or six-speed manual gearbox and a 1.4-litre 160 PS TSI engine which can either be paired with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox. This engine is turbocharged and supercharged. All come with Bluemotion Technology modifications as well as battery regeneration systems and Stop/Start.
Passat Highline models will also offer a 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS engine which replaces the 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS unit. Benefits of choosing this engine include better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. Drivers may begin ordering these vehicles now with deliveries beginning in June. For those who can’t wait, current Passat models remain a great choice.
The current Passat lineup is popular for a number of reasons, including the safety features found in each model. Each car is tested and retested, from the brakes to the airbags, before being delivered to dealers. Safety features of these models include six airbags in the Passat Saloon, designed to cushion impact during a collision while reducing injuries. Every car made by Volkswagen comes with the Anti-lock braking system and Passat Saloons are fitted with ESP. This system detects potentially critical situations before they reach the critical stage and maneuvers to bring the car under control again. The Passat Saloon also comes with an advanced anti-theft system.
Driver assistance systems are another reason drivers flock to the Passat. Auto hold function making getting started on a hill easy while lane assist helps drivers stay in the appropriate lane which reduces accidents and makes long journeys safer. The driver alert system provides you with early warning when your driving patterns change to let you know it is time to take a break so you are safer on long trips while the rear-view parking camera is of great assistance when you arrive at your destination and need to find your way into a tight parking space.
Passats come equipped with a number of systems to improve the overall driving experience. Automatic start/stop saves on fuel while cutting emissions by turning the engine off when the car comes to a stop. This feature greatly benefits those who spend most of their time driving in traffic. Brake energy recuperation also offers the same benefits and recovers and uses the energy produced when braking while the four-link rear suspension provides a stable, smooth ride without reducing the agility of the car.
Technology is another reason drivers fall in love with the Passat. Front and rear parking sensors make it easy to park your Passat Saloon in a variety of conditions while park assist is available for those who want to leave the parking completely in the car’s control. The driver operates the pedals and the car does the rest. LED lights last longer, are brighter and clearer and make it easier for other drivers to see you even in bad conditions while remote central locking ensures your car is kept safe without nothing more than the touch of a button. Rain sensors and automatic dimming mirrors are added features that make the driving experience incredible in every way.
Volkswagen doesn’t overlook a single part of the car during the engineering process and this shows in the Passat. From the aerodynamics of the car to the galvanized body and laser-welded body shell, customers know they are driving a car that is well built in every way. Crumple zones and exceptional body rigidity are two more reasons why the Passat remains a big seller and the R-line continues this tradition.
Drivers willing to wait a little longer for their new car may wish to look into the R-line which begins delivery in June. Those in need of a car right now will find a Passat that meets their needs with ease. Volkswagen remains committed to providing customers with cars they love and want to drive. The Passat is no exception.