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2020 (20) Volkswagen Passat 1.6 TDI SE 4dr DSG

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking systemDriver alert system
Driver profile selectionExterior temperature gauge with frost alarm
Lane assistLow washer fluid warning light
Multifunction computer includes visual gearOne touch indicator turn signal
Proactive occupant protectionSecurity and service including e-call
Speed sensitive power steeringSpeedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
Start/Stop functionTraffic jam assist
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastenedWireless app connect

Entertainment

Aerial for radio integrated into rear windscreen 

Exterior Features

Auto dimming interior rear view mirrorAutomatic headlights with dusk sensor
Automatic leaving home and manual coming home lighting functionsBlack radiator grille with chrome louvres
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Body coloured door mirrors with intergrated indicatorsChrome side window surrounds
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsFront and rear electric windows
Fully galvanised bodyGloss black finish on B pillar
Heated rear windowHigh level 3rd brake light
LED rear lightsLED rear number plate lights
Rain sensorWarning lights for open tailgate and doors
White instrument lighting 

Interior Features

12V socket in front centre console12V socket in luggage compartment
60:40 split folding rear seat with backrestDriver's door storage compartment for 1.0 litre bottle
Front + rear carpet matsFront and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming function
Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air ventsFront cupholders x2 with covers
Front passenger storage compartment for 1.5 litre bottleHeight adjustable rear seat head restraints (x3)
Height/reach adjust steering wheelIlluminated vanity mirrors
Isofix child seat preparation, outer rear seatsLoad lashing points x 4 in luggage compartment
Load through provisionLockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
Luggage compartment lightingRear seat centre armrest with storage compartment
Storage compartment in rear doorsStorage compartment in roof console with cover

Packs

Composition Media Pack - Passat 

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS (Anti locking brake system) includes BAS (Brake assist) and EBD (Electronic brake pressure distribution)
Automatic post collision brakingDisc brakes front and rear
Door open warning reflectorsDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints, longitudinal and height adjustableDrivers knee airbag
Electronic parking brake with auto holdFirst aid kit
Front airbags with deactivation switchFront and rear passenger curtain airbags
Front side impact airbagHeight adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
Hill hold functionPre crash preventive occupant protection
Rear seat side impact airbagsRigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
Volkswagen roadside assistanceWarning light for rear seat belts if unfastened

Security

Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment systemElectronic engine immobiliser

Technical

Battery regeneration during brakingDiesel particulate filter
Misfuel prevention device 

Trim

Chrome air vent and instrument surroundCross hatch decorative inserts in dash and door panels
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)105Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb144 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine CodeCB232Z
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryCOMMON RAIL
Gears7 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrueWLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min5.5WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max47.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min51.4 

General

AdBlueTrueBadge Engine CC1.6
Badge Power120Coin DescriptionTDI
Coin SeriesSEGeneration Mark6
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0715EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
Service Interval Frequency - Months24Service Interval Mileage18000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Timing Belt Interval Mileage130000Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)11.3Engine Power - BHP120
Engine Power - KW88Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Torque - LBS.FT184Engine Torque - MKG25.5
Engine Torque - NM250Engine Torque - RPM1600
Top Speed127 

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleSecond Act 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front215/55 R17Tyre Size Rear215/55 R17
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel StyleISTANBUL
Wheel Type17" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1483Length4775
Wheelbase2786Width (including mirrors)2083

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)59Gross Vehicle Weight2050
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1152Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)586
Max. Loading Weight625Max. Towing Weight - Braked1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750Minimum Kerbweight1425
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.7
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volkswagen Passat

This improved version of the MK8 Volkswagen Passat dials up the finesse still further and looks to build on its predecessor's phenomenal success. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

We tend to think of cars in either 'premium' or 'volume' terms. Here though, is one that could comfortably fit within either definition, the revised version of the eighth generation Volkswagen Passat. Though targeted at the medium range Mondeo sector, it's long had an appeal stretching beyond, up towards the premium mid-sized executive saloon segment. Global buyers like that and the result is a worldwide favourite the Wolfsburg maker simply can't afford to get wrong. Hence the smarter looks, extra technology and efficient returns of this classy contender.

Background

As much as we like to think that the automotive world revolves around this sceptred isle, the truth is somewhat different. Here, we hold up the BMW 3 Series as the paragon of success in building sales volumes on the back of premium build quality, but in global terms the 3 Series is a bit-part player compared to Volkswagen's Passat. How successful is the Passat? You might want to sit down for this one. It sells more than the entire product line-ups of BMW or Audi; fully 1.1 million cars a year, with China and the US the biggest recipients. It's a car that plays a very deft hand, bridging the gap between the mainstream and premium marques while delivering comfort and value that's often market-leading. It's why the Passat is now Volkswagen's most successful nameplate and the reason why Wolfsburg can't afford to get generation eight wrong. Hence this revised version.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, the key news for Passat buyers is the introduction of an extensively re-worked version of this model's volume 150PS diesel engine, now badged the 2.0 TDI EVO 150PS. As before, it can be had with a 7-speed DSG auto 'box and now features Active Cylinder Shutdown for greater efficiency, the first time that this feature has been fitted to a Volkswagen diesel engine. Diesel and 4MOTION 4WD feature as usual in the 'Alltrack' estate variant which gains a higher ride height for limited off road ability. For petrol people, there's the VW Group's familiar 150PS 1.5-litre TSI EVO unit, available with either manual or DSG auto transmission. Up to a quarter of Passat sales are expected to be taken by the Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric GTE version, which mates a 1.4 TSI petrol engine with an electric motor. This derivative now uses an upgraded lithium-ion battery which now enables a longer 36-mile WLTP-rated driving range. Across the line-up, there's a new 'Travel Assist' feature which allows the car to be driven at highway speeds in partly automated mode.

Design and Build

The difficulty in attracting buyers away from the likes of BMW and Audi is that you need your product to offer all the attractions of a BMW and Audi but at a more competitive price. That includes looking as expensive as these brands, which is something the Passat has often struggled to achieve. Not any more. At least not from the outside, where this facelifted version of the eighth generation Passat looks sleek, chiselled and polished, with full-LED head and tail lights that emphasise the car's width. Inside, cabin quality is at least the equal of what you'd find in more expensive premium brand mid-sized saloon, especially if you're able to stretch to one of the higher trim levels. The interior features a big central 8-inch screen and a set of optional digital 'virtual' dials. The seats, as in most Volkswagens, initially feel unyielding but are supremely comfortable over longer distances. Three adults can fit in the back too - there's far more space than you'd get in a 3 Series, a C-Class or an A4. The boot measures an enormous 586-litres, while the estate gets even more, with 650-litres available under the tonneau.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels to choose from - 'SE', 'SEL' and 'R-Line' - and the usual saloon and estate body styles. Prices start at around £25,500, running up to around £40,000 and there's a premium of just over £1,500 if you want the estate. As before, there's the transmission choice of either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG auto, the self-shifter standardised further up the range. All variants are well equipped, even entry 'SE' derivatives featuring full-LED headlights. 'SEL' examples can be identified by their 17-inch 'Nivelle' alloy wheels, and also offer Vienna leather seats, the Discover Navigation system with an 8-inch colour screen and Voice Control. SEL cars also have tinted rear windows and silver roof rails for the Estate. 'R-Line' trim brings 18-inch 'Monterrey' alloy wheels, sports suspension, an R-Line exterior styling pack and Nappa leather front sport seats embroidered with the R-Line logo. There are also stainless steel pedals, 3Zone climate control and black roof lining, while keyless entry and an easy open boot also feature as standard on this top trim level. The Plug-in hybrid GTE version and the SUV-style 'Alltrack' estate variant get their own specific trim specs.

Cost of Ownership

For all the talk of premium quality and engine refinement, the Passat is a car that absolutely has to nail the right numbers when it comes to efficiency, largely because it still relies on company buyers for a significant slug of sales. If a fleet manager thinks the company's better off putting you in something Korean or Japanese, that's what you're going to get. Fortunately, this current car seems to make all the right numbers, aided by the fact that the volume 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel engine now joins the base 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol unit in offering 'Active Cylinder Shutdown'. This shuts down two of the engine's four cylinders under light-to-medium throttle loads to save fuel. The 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel manages up to 55.2mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and up to 106g/km (NEDC). The 1.5 TSI EVO petrol manages up to 45.7mpg (WLTP) and up to 122g/km (NEDC). The other engines look pretty efficient too. The Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric GTE can now go up to 36 miles (WLTP) between charges.

Summary

So, what have we here? A strong contender to be sure. This revised version of the eighth generation design, the fastest-selling Volkswagen on the planet, looks smarter than before, the interior feels upmarket and there are all sorts of super-slick systems and features that are more like those you'd expect to find in a BMW, an Audi or a Mercedes. It drives well too. Thankfully, Volkswagen hasn't tried to inject a whole load of unnecessary sportiness across the range. The Passat was always at its best as a comfortable mile muncher and the big steps forward that Volkswagen has made in refinement, comfort and economy in recent years make this car more accomplished than ever in that regard. Crucially too, it continues to combine all of this with residual values that often actually improve on those delivered by the premium brands. There are, it's true, more affordable, sharper handling choices in this class. But there are none that leave you with a nicer feeling when you wake up in the morning, pull the curtains and see one of these in your driveway. It's a feeling that's very Volkswagen. And perfectly Passat.

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
90%
Space
80%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
70%

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Monthly payment£349
Deposit£349
Term (months)49
Fixed interest rate7.54%
Cash price£20,998
Credit amount£20,649
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£8284.16
Total amount payable£25,395.16
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.4p per mile
Representative APR7.6%
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