Volkswagen Passat (2005–2011)

Model History

March 2005

New Passat unveiled

New transverse-engined Passat based on stretched PQ35 floorpan. More interior space and bigger boot, now a big 565 litres. Static torsional rigidity 57 per cent, making it class leader. Four engines available at UK launch: 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS and 2.0-litre FSI 150 PS petrol engines with homogenous direct injection, plus 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS diesels with high pressure Pumpe Düse unit injection.

DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) available on TDI models soon after launch, with six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission available on 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre FSI engines. 4MOTION four-wheel drive 3.2 V6 followed later.

4,770mm long by 1,820mm wide by 1,470mm high.

UK specification, includes alloy wheels; active front head restraints; electronic parking brake; press and drive key system; and LED rear lights on every model, the all new car offers customers even better value, continuing a trend that has brought record numbers to Volkswagen. Has multi-link rear suspension and 57 per cent improved body rigidity. Options include a Bluetooth telephone system; directional Bi-Xenon headlights; 600 watt 10-channel hi-fi system developed with Dynaudio; and a 2Zone Climatronic system.

UK deliveries from 24 June 2005 with 115 PS and 2.0-litre FSI 150 PS, plus the 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS. Other engines later included 2.0-litre TDI with 170 PS, and 3.2-litre FSI V6 250 PS. 2.0-litre T-FSI 200 PS from the Golf GTI will also be offered, along with extra transmission options including DSG and 4MOTION four-wheel drive.

New Passat launch list prices

1.6S FSI 6 speed manual £14,995.00
2.0S FSI 6 speed manual £16,410.00
1.9S TDI 5 speed manual £15,840.00
2.0S TDI 6 speed manual £17,145.00
1.6SE FSI 6 speed manual £16,355.00
2.0SE FSI 6 speed manual £17,670.00
1.9SE TDI 5 speed manual £17,100.00
2.0SE TDI 6 speed manual £18,405.00
2.0 Sport FSI 6 speed manual £19,075.00
2.0 Sport TDI 6 speed manual £19,810.00

Estate prices initially from £16,090 for 1.6 FSI to £22,050 for 2.0 TDI 140 DSG. 3.2 litre 4-Motion to come.

November 2005

3.2-litre V6 250 PS engine available to order from £24,695. Coupled with the 6-speed DSG gearbox and features the 4MOTION four-wheel drive system as standard. The 3,189 cc FSI engine features innovative direct injection technology, where the fuel is injected into the combustion chamber under high pressure, resulting in impressive power and economy even at low revs. With the 3.2-litre V6 engine, the Passat accelerates from 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds in the saloon, and 7.2 seconds in the estate, to reach a top speed of 153 mph and 151 mph respectively.

November 2006

Volkswagen revealed the Passat R36

wW a new 3.6-litre FSI V6 engine developing 300PS and a six-speed DSG gearbox channelling drive through all four wheels to maximise traction. 18-inch wheels with 235/40 R18 tyres. (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), Xenon headlights, 2Zone electronic climate control, heated windscreen and seats, six airbags. 0 to 60 mph time of 5.4 seconds (estate 5.6 seconds). Top speeed electronically limirted to 155mph.

March 2007

Passat BlueMotion revealed

Saloon returns 55.4mpg (5.1 litres per 100 km) and emits just 136 g/km of CO2. The Passat Estate BlueMotion needs 5.2 litres (54.3 mpg) and emits 137 g/km of CO2

June 2007

Volkswagen replaced its troublesome 1.6-litre FSI petrol engine with a new 1.4 TSI fitted only with a turbocharger (like FIAT's) rather than both turbocharger and supercharger. Power is 122PS and torque 200 Nm (155 lbs ft) delivered from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm. Choice of 6-speed manual or new 7-speed DSG transmissions. Combined consumption of Golf 44.8 mpg for the new 1.4-litre TSI. C02 is down to to 149 g/km (139g/km with 7-spd DSG ). Production of the DSG starts at the beginning of 2008, while manual models available to order from late October 2007. Increased Passat prices include hill holder electric brake.

Passat Saloon S 1.4-litre TSI 6 spd manual 157g/km £15,672
Passat Estate S 1.4-litre TSI 6 spd manual 159g/km £16,792

For cars with satnav, Trafficmaster subscription included as from Week 45 2007 build.

March 2008

The Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel shown at Geneva, March 2008. Marking a new era for natural gas-fuelled cars, the Passat is both a ‘mean machine’ as well as a ‘green machine’. It features a 1.4 litre 150 PS TSI engine which has been specifically designed to run on natural gas, and consumes no more than 5.2 kilogrammes of gas per 100 kilometres.

The valves, piston rings and the pistons themselves are all uprated to cope while the turbocharger has also been replaced with a smaller unit. Controlling the switch between conventional fuel and natural gas is a new engine management computer. Gas is stored in a trio of tanks with a combined capacity of 22 kg mounted beneath the boot floor. This is supplemented by a 31-litre tank for conventional petrol. Between the two tanks the Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel is afforded a theoretical range of over 490 miles.

The result is a non-diesel vehicle that meets the Euro 5 standards, greater economy and lower emissions. In addition, with a top speed of 130 mph and the capability to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 9.7 seconds, the Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel remains viable for everyday use. In normal conditions the vehicle consumes 5.2 kg of natural gas every 100 km. In mainland Europe the vehicle will be introduced in both saloon and estate bodystyles before the endof 2008. Sales of the vehicle in the UK are yet to be confirmed.

April 2008

The most powerful Passat ever produced is now on sale. The new Passat R36, available in either saloon or estate bodystyles, is equipped with a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre V6 engine developing 300 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque. Drive is channelled via a six-speed DSG gearbox through a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system capable of diverting torque to either axle depending on the grip available. As a result the saloon is capable of accelerating from rest to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds while the estate takes 5.8 seconds. Both models have limiters in place to restrict the top speed to 155 mph. Prices for new Passat R36 start at £30,990 on-the-road for the saloon and £32,150 for the estate model.

September 2008

Passat BlueMotion 2 launched

Uses a 2.0-litre TDI CR (common rail) engine producing 110 PS at 4,200 rpm and maximum torque of 184 lbs ft (250 Nm) from 1,500 rpm. This replaces the 1.9-litre TDI unit injector engine which currently powers the Passat BlueMotion. New engine continues to use a standard five-speed manual gearbox; all cars have a multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption. BlueMotion 2 uses an Automatic Start/Stop system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in city driving.

In addition to Start/Stop, the Passat BlueMotion 2 continues to employ the fuel-saving modifications made to the original BlueMotion. These include lower cooling system drag, more efficient underbody airflow and lowered suspension, as well as revised gear ratios for third, fourth and fifth, a revised engine management system and a lower engine idle speed. All Passat BlueMotion 2 models – like the first generation – have a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) as standard.

BlueMotion 2 also features low-friction propshafts, enhanced low rolling resistance tyres and very light wheels made from a light flow-forming steel. The result of the modifications is an improvement in fuel economy – from 55.4 (54.3 for the Estate) to 57.6 mpg on the combined cycle (approx. four to six per cent) and a reduction in CO2 output (of around six per cent) from 136 (137 Estate) to 128 g/km (129 Estate). It is worth remembering that power is of course raised by around five per cent from 105 to 110 PS. The first BlueMotion 2 models (Passat and Passat Estate) will be launched in Europe before the end of the year. Availability and timings for the UK are yet to be confirmed

Passat BlueTDI’s engine is based on the familiar 2.0-litre TDI CR (common rail) 140 PS unit available in the Passat range among a number of other models. BlueTDI unit develops slightly more power, with an output of 143 PS, yet with lower fuel consumption and emissions. Passat BlueTDI returns 54.3 mpg on the combined cycle compared with 48.7 mpg for the standard Passat saloon TDI CR 140 PS. CO2 emissions are reduced from 153 to 137 g/km. Passat Estate BlueTDI also boasts an improvement with consumption enhanced from 47.9 to 51.4 mpg and CO2 down from 156 to 144 g/km. At launch the Passat BlueTDI features a standard six-speed manual gearbox, with a six-speed DSG automatic option becoming available shortly afterwards. Passat BlueTDI is planned to be launched into European markets in 2009 in saloon and Estate form.

November 2008

New BlueMotion 2 features an automatic Stop/start system linked to a new 2.0-litre TDI 110 PS common rail diesel engine. This replaces the outgoing 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS unit injector powerplant. Based on a conventional Passat bodyshell the BlueMotion 2 features optimised aerodynamics through a 15 mm reduction in ride height and the adoption of a unique grille element and front bumper with the usual air intakes blanked-off and relocated to the underside of the vehicle in order to reduce aerodynamic drag. The new 2.0-litre common rail diesel engine features special electronic mapping to reduce the idle speed and optimise the engine for economy.

The five-speed manual gearbox is also revised with new, longer ratios for third, fourth and fifth gears to reduce loading on the engine and improve efficiency. Automatic Stop/start system operates through the clutch. For example, when coming to a halt at traffic lights the driver depresses the clutch and selects neutral. When the clutch is released the engine shuts down and a ‘Stop/start’ symbol illuminates on the multifunction display. In order to move away the driver simply depresses the clutch one again to select first gear and the engine re-starts automatically. Should the driver wish, the system can be deactivated through a switch located on the centre console.

Economy on the Passat BlueMotion 2 rises from 55.4 mpg (55.3 mpg for the estate) to 57.6 mpg for the saloon and estate models. Carbon dioxide emissions drop from 136 g/km (137 g/km for the estate) down to 128 g/km and 129 g/km respectively. From £17,700 for the saloon model and £18,835 for the estate.

May 2009

R-Line model added

The previous Passat range line-up of S, Highline, Sport and SEL is replaced with a new streamlined selection of S, R Line and Highline. BlueMotion remains the choice for efficiency while R36 continues as the range-topping performance model. The R Line trim is based on the entry-level S model and is available with the same engine choices. It carries a premium of £600 over the S (prices for the R Line start at £17,040 RRP on the road), but comes with an additional £2,470 worth of equipment.

Exterior changes are the addition of 17-inch ‘Monte Carlo’ alloy wheels and an ‘R’ styling pack of front, side and rear skirts as well as chrome louvres and grille surround. The Passat R Line is available in a choice of eight exterior paint colours.
Inside the R Line gains cruise control, height adjustment and lumbar support on both front seats, a front centre armrest and leather multifunction steering wheel for extra comfort and luxury, as well as an electronic tyre pressure monitoring system. This is in addition to S model equipment which includes ABS with ESP, front, side and curtain airbags, Climatic air conditioning, remote central locking with alarm and advanced radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility and AUX-in socket for connection to an external multimedia source.

S model and R Line are available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. These are a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS and 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS; plus two 2.0-litre common rail TDI units producing 110 or 140 PS. The higher powered diesel is offered with the option of a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. All other engines come with a standard six-speed manual gearbox.

Passat saloon R Line

1.4-litre TSI 122 PS 6-spd manual: 157g/km, 42.8mpg comb, £17,040

1.8-litre TSI 160 PS 6-spd manual: 178g/km, 37.2mpg comb, £18,550

2.0-litre TDI CR 110 PS 6-spd manual: 143g/km, 51.4mpg comb, £18,150

2.0-litre TDI CR 140 PS 6-spd manual: 146g/km, 50.4mpg comb, £19,295

2.0-litre TDI CR 140 PS 6-spd DSG: 158g/km, 47.1mpg comb, £20,565

Passat Estate R Line

1.4-litre TSI 122 PS 6-spd manual: 159g/km, 42.2mpg comb, £18,210

1.8-litre TSI 160 PS 6-spd manual: 186g/km, 36.2mpg comb, £19,270

2.0-litre TDI CR 110 PS 6-spd manual: 146g/km, 50.4mpg comb, £19,320

2.0-litre TDI CR 140 PS 6-spd manual: 148g/km, 49.6mpg comb, £20,465

2.0-litre TDI CR 140 PS 6-spd DSG: 159g/km, 46.3mpg comb, £21,735

September 2009

Bluemotion Passat enitting just 114g/km CO2 launched

November 2009

Passat Highline Plus added

Over the Passat Highline, the Highline Plus gains chrome grille surround and louvres, Bluetooth telephone connectivity with touchscreen adaptor, as well as Volkswagen’s RNS 310 satellite navigation unit. The Highline Plus costs £750 more than the standard Highline, with prices starting at £20,515 RRP ‘on the road’ for the 2.0-litre TDI 110 PS.

Standard on the Highline Plus model, the new RNS 310 unit is a CD-based satellite navigation system with integrated radio and MP3-compatible CD player. It has touchscreen operation with a five-inch colour screen for ease of use and visibility, an SD card reader, plus AUX-in slot for connection to external multimedia devices. This new system will shortly become available on other Passat models, priced at £795. The Bluetooth touch adaptor works in conjunction with the factory-fit phone preparation and incorporates a dash-mounted cradle. The touchscreen adaptor has a 2.8-inch screen displaying clear icons which, once paired with a mobile phone, displays the phone book, text message alerts and caller ID. Calls can be answered or terminated using the multifunction steering wheel. The touch adaptor can connect to most Bluetooth-enabled phones, including the iPhone and Blackberry.

The Highline Plus also includes all the features of the standard Passat Highline including ABS and ESP, six airbags, 17-inch alloy wheels, semi-automatic climate control, cruise control and leather upholstery. The new specification level is also available with the same engines as the Highline. This means customers can choose from a 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS petrol, 2.0-litre TDI 110 PS, 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS with or without BlueMotion technology efficiency package, and the range-topping 2.0-litre TDI with 170 PS.

What does a Volkswagen Passat (2005 – 2011) cost?

List Price from £25,985
Buy new from £21,046
Contract hire from £197.46 per month