Volkswagen Passat (2015–)

Model History

July 2014

Volkswagen unveils new Passat

Everything in this car is new: its design, technologies and engines. For the first time, there will also be a Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system.

At 4,767 mm long, the saloon is two millimetres shorter than the previous model, while the wheelbase is 79 mm longer at 2,791 mm and therefore the body overhangs significantly shorter. At the same time, the Passat is 14 mm lower at 1,456 mm, and 12 mm wider at 1,832 mm. Breakover Angle: better than 12.5 degrees helps prevent grounding on ramps. Wheelbase: 2791mm; ground clearance145mm breakover angle: 11.86 degrees.

The rear lights have been made considerably wider and leaner. In this area, the Saloon looks like a young sibling of the Phaeton with its large bootlid surface, and a distinctive crease beneath the rear lights that extends across the rear.

All models of Passat have LED rear lights, while the higher-specification versions feature a distinctive horizontal tail light signature that switches over to a vertically oriented brake light signature under braking. Headlights are halogen or LED. In conjunction with Dynamic Light Assist, one of the two LED headlight options automatically adjusts the beam for maximum illumination of the road without dazzling other traffic.

Despite exterior dimensions that are actually marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved, with more leg- and head-room, as well as increased luggage space.

September 2014

Volkswagen reveals Passat GTE

Thanks to this battery, the Passat GTE can cover a distance of up to 31 miles in all-electric mode and thus with zero emissions. At the press of a button next to the gear lever, the driver can also control the all-electric mode E-Mode – for example, at the end of a drive when the destination is in a city.

A contrast to the E-Mode is offered by the mode GTE, which is also accessible at the press of a button – in this mode, the Passat delivers a maximum system output of 218PS. A wide variety of parameters such as the accelerator pedal and steering are also configured in a sportier way in this mode.

The 1.4-litre TSI engine develops a power of 156PS and the electric motor produces 15PS. The maximum torque of the plug-in hybrid drive system is 400 Nm. Performance and power are deployed both efficiently and in an eco-friendly way: The NEDC consumption (for hybrid vehicles) is over 141 mpg which equates to CO2emissions lower than 45 g/km. In combination with the TSI, this results in a driving range of over 620 miles with a full 50-litre fuel tank.

September 2014

Passat prices announced

Only diesel engines will be offered in the UK at launch, ranging in power from a 1.6-litre 120PS, through two 2.0-litre units with 150PS or 190PS, to a range-topping 2.0-litre bi-turbo with 240PS, DSG gearbox and 4MOTION four-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid GTE version with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and electric motor will follow in October 2015.

At launch, five trim levels will be offered: S, SE, SE Business, GT and R-Line. All will offer a high level of standard features with highlights including Post-Collision Braking System and mis-fuelling prevention on all, Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Crash system, Driver Profile Selection, Ergo Comfort seats and front and rear parking sensors on SE and above; and Discover Navigation on the SE Business which is aimed at fleet drivers. Luxurious heated Alcantara seats, three-zone climate control and 18-inch wheels are standard on GT, while the range-topping R-Line adds a host of bespoke design features.

A frugal BlueMotion with a 1.6-litre engine returning 78 mpg and just 95 g/km of CO2will join the range in June 2015, while an Alltrack version of the Estate is due in July.

Saloon Trim Engine CO2
(g/km
TBC)
Price
(RRP OTR)
S 1.6 TDI 120 PS 6 speed manual 106 £ 22,215.00
S 1.6 TDI 120 PS 7 speed DSG 103 £ 23,815.00
S 2.0 TDI 150PS 6 speed manual 106 £ 23,340.00
S 2.0 TDI 150PS 6 speed DSG 118 £ 24,940.00
SE 1.6 TDI 120 PS 6 speed manual 106 £ 23,310.00
SE 1.6 TDI 120 PS 7 speed DSG 103 £ 24,910.00
SE 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6 speed manual 106 £ 24,435.00
SE 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6 speed DSG 118 £ 26,035.00
SE Business 1.6 TDI 120 PS 6 speed manual 106 £ 24,010.00
SE Business 1.6 TDI 120 PS 7 speed DSG 103 £ 25,610.00
SE Business 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6 speed manual 106 £ 25,135.00
SE Business 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6 speed DSG 118 £ 26,735.00
GT 1.6 TDI 120 PS 6 speed manual 107 £ 25,305.00
GT 1.6 TDI 120 PS 7 speed DSG 104 £ 26,905.00
GT 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6 speed manual 109 £ 26,430.00
GT 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6 speed DSG 119 £ 28,030.00
GT 2.0 TDI SCR 190 PS 6 speed manual 107 £ 27,780.00
GT 2.0 TDI SCR 190 PS 6 speed DSG 119 £ 29,380.00
GT 2.0 BiTDI SCR 240 PS 6 speed DSG 139 £ 34,510.00
R-Line 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6 speed manual 109 £ 27,425.00
R-Line 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6 speed DSG 119 £ 29,025.00
R-Line 2.0 TDI 190 PS 6 speed manual 107 £ 28,775.00
R-Line 2.0 TDI 190 PS 6 speed DSG 119 £ 30,375.00
R-Line 2.0 BiTDI SCR 240 PS 7 speed DSG 139 £ 35,505.00

June 2015

BlueMotion version of Passat saloon launched

With 76.3mpg combined economy and 95g/km.

Has a modified version of the Passat’s 1.6-litre TDI 120 PS engine with SCR (AddBlue), 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. In Estate guise, the same is true with 0 to 62 mph in 11 seconds and a top speed of 129 mph. 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 (lowered by 15 mm), 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.

December 2015

Revised SE Business trim level for Passat

Has Discover Navigation, front fog lights, electric folding door mirrors and tinted rear windows (amounting to £555 of value) priced at £100 OTR more than the outgoing SE models.

July 2017

New engines added

Four petrol engines added to Volkswagen Passat, ranging from a 1.4-litre TSI 125 PS to a 2.0-litre TSI 220 PS, and also including the impressive 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS with Active Cylinder Technology. All apart from the 1.8 TSI manual and 2.0 TSI are below 130g/km CO2. The 1.8 TSI DSG is 130g/km. R-Line trim made also available with an entry-level engine in Passat.

Volkswagen Passat Saloon – petrol engine models

Model

Engine

Gearbox

Doors

Power

CO₂ (g/km)

OTR RRP

S

1.4 TSI

6-Sp Man

4

125 PS

123

£21,610.00

S

1.4 TSI

7-Sp DSG

4

125 PS

114

£23,210.00

S

1.4 TSI ACT

6-Sp Man

4

150 PS

115

£22,535.00

S

1.4 TSI ACT

7-Sp DSG

4

150 PS

117

£24,155.00

SE Business

1.4 TSI

6-Sp Man

4

125 PS

123

£22,850.00

SE Business

1.4 TSI

7-Sp DSG

4

125 PS

114

£24,450.00

SE Business

1.4 TSI ACT

6-Sp Man

4

150 PS

115

£23,775.00

SE Business

1.4 TSI ACT

7-Sp DSG

4

150 PS

117

£25,395.00

GT

1.4 TSI

6-Sp Man

4

125 PS

126

£24,955.00

GT

1.4 TSI

7-Sp DSG

4

125 PS

117

£26,555.00

GT

1.4 TSI ACT

6-Sp Man

4

150 PS

116

£25,900.00

GT

1.4 TSI ACT

7-Sp DSG

4

150 PS

118

£27,500.00

GT

1.8 TSI

6-Sp Man

4

180 PS

136

£26,915.00

GT

1.8 TSI

7-Sp DSG

4

180 PS

130

£28,495.00

GT

2.0 TSI

6-Sp DSG

4

220 PS

146

£31,660.00

R-Line

1.4 TSI

6-Sp Man

4

125 PS

126

£25,950.00

R-Line

1.4 TSI

7-Sp DSG

4

125 PS

117

£27,550.00

R-Line

1.4 TSI ACT

6-Sp Man

4

150 PS

116

£26,895.00

R-Line

1.4 TSI ACT

7-Sp DSG

4

150 PS

118

£28,495.00

R-Line

1.8 TSI

6-Sp Man

4

180 PS

136

£27,910.00

R-Line

1.8 TSI

7-Sp DSG

4

180 PS

130

£29,490.00

R-Line

2.0 TSI

6-Sp DSG

4

220 PS

146

£32,655.00

January 2018

Passat specification updated

LED headlights are now standard on the SE Business, GT and Alltrack trims and the Passat R-Line now features Premium LED headlights. LED headlights replace the previous halogen units, and include 12 separate LED daytime running lights that also perform the indicator function.

On the Passat R-Line, the Premium LED headlights feature dual ‘U-shaped’ LED daytime running lights and dynamic curve lighting. Here, the lights swivel as the steering wheel is turned giving greater visibility of approaching corners and an early warning of potential hazards.

Every new Passat now comes with Volkswagen’s App-Connect system as standard. App-Connect enables the driver or a passenger to link their smartphone to the car via a USB cable. The screen of the phone is then ‘mirrored’ onto the Passat’s infotainment touchscreen.

This enables the user to play music and playlists on the move. The car will also read out text messages and allow the user to dictate a reply. A wide variety of other apps are available, too, including Spotify and Skype. App-Connect works with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink™ which means it is compatible with the vast majority of mobile smartphones.

From today the upgraded Passat SE Business, R-Line and Alltrack models will feature heated front seats as standard. Already on the Passat GT’s extensive equipment list, this means nearly every new Passat from now on will include this welcome addition.

SE Business models now feature 3Zone climate control. This means the driver and front passenger can set the temperature for their area of the car. There are separate controls for the rear passengers, too, and so the temperature of these three ‘zones’ of the Passat can be individually controlled. 3Zone climate control was already standard on the Passat GT, R-Line and Alltrack models.

Another update for the Passat SE Business is the addition of a colour multi-function display. The multi-function computer gives the driver a variety of information about the status of their Passat.

February 2019

2019 updates for Volkswagen Passat announced

A mid-life facelift for the Passat is set to be revealed at Geneva as the model approaches 30 million sold worldwide.

New technology includes 'Travel Assist', a system capable of partially automated driving at any speed. A new MIB3 infotainment system allows wireless integration of iPhone apps via Apple CarPlay, while the Passat can now be permanently online.

The plug-in hybrid Passat GTE model now has a range of 34 miles under the WLTP test. All petrol and diesel Passats are now equipped with a particulate filter.

July 2019

Updated Passat goes on sale

Entry-level 2019 Passat SE trim cars are identifiable by 17-inch ‘Istanbul’ alloy wheels and black roof rails on Estate models, while a Composition Media System, incorporating a 6.5” colour touch-screen, DAB and Bluetooth comes as standard. The entire Passat range benefits from boosted connectivity, with wireless App Connect now fitted as standard, allowing the driver to seamlessly connect their smartphone to the Passat’s infotainment system via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink via Bluetooth, without the need to plug the device in via a USB cable.

The Passat range gains all-LED headlights from entry-level SE cars up, including LED running lights that perform the indicator function as standard. The rear lights also incorporate LED technology. In addition, all Passat models come with Wireless App Connect. The entry-level option, 1.5-litre TSI 150 PS will open for order in the coming weeks, available as both a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. Until then, prices for the Passat start at £27,630 RRP OTR for the 1.6-litre TDI 120 PS seven-speed DSG saloon.

The 2019 Passat is also offered with Level 2 Autonomous Travel Assist: a system that allows the car to be driven at up to 130 mph – where legal – in a partially automated mode. It combines the latest version of Adaptive Cruise Control, version 3.0, which can now auto adjust the speed including temporary speed-limits as well as slowing for junctions and corners. It is led by information from road sign recognition and GPS. This is combined with Lane Assist version 2.0 which can now recognise kerbs and grass verges as well as road markings. This new driver-assistance technology will be standard across the Passat range.

SEL examples can be identified by their 17-inch ‘Nivelle’ alloy wheels, and also offer Vienna leather seats, Discover Navigation system with 8.0” colour screen and Voice Control. SEL cars also have tinted rear windows and silver roof rails for the Estate.

R-Line brings 18-inch ‘Monterrey’ alloy wheels, sports suspension, R-Line exterior styling pack, as well as Nappa leather front sport seats embroidered with R-Line logo. R-Line decorative inserts for dash and door panels, stainless steel pedals, 3Zone climate control and black roof lining are also included, while keyless entry and an easy open boot also feature as standard on this version.

Limited edition top-spec R-Line Edition Estate models have 19-inch ‘Pretoria’ alloy wheels, Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, and Discover Navigation Pro with 9.2” colour screen. The engine choice for R-Line Edition is limited to two, the 2.0-litre TSI 272 PS and the 2.0-litre TDI 240 PS, both fitted with 4MOTION and seven-speed DSG. Just 150 of these dynamic Passats will available for UK buyers.

The Passat GTE now has an increased 34-mile electric range (WLTP). As standard it features 17-inch ‘Nivelle’ alloy wheels, sports suspension, blue brake calipers, unique signature ‘C’ shape front LED running lights, Discover Navigation system with 8.0” colour screen and a charging point in the radiator grille. The GTE Advance model has 18-inch ‘Monterrey’ alloy wheels, IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, Discover Navigation Pro with 9.2” colour screen and keyless entry with an easy open boot. Orders for the Passat GTE will open in the coming weeks.

The Passat Alltrack has also been updated, with 18-inch ‘Kalamata’ alloy wheels, chrome exterior mirrors, plus raised suspension with underbody and wheel arch protection. Inside it boasts the latest Discover Navigation system with 8.0” colour screen and Summit cloth seats.

With more standard equipment options are reduced to a list of 50. These include nine different alloy wheel designs, a head-up display, Panoramic sunroof, Trailer Assist including Park Assist and a premium Dynaudio sound system.

Two new colours: Bottle Green and Aurora Gold are available.

Two petrol engines are available at launch: a 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder available with 190 PS or 272 PS. Both come with a 7-speed DSG transmission, while the 272 PS version is equipped with 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Later in 2019, once problems with the engine have been overcome, a 1.5-litre TSI EVO four-cylinder power plant with Active Cylinder Shutdown is scheduled. This can shut down two of the four cylinders under certain low-load conditions in order to save fuel. All petrol engines on the Passat will be fitted with particulate filters.

At launch three four-cylinder diesels will be available: 1.6-litre TDI with 120 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI with 190 PS or 240 PS outputs. All three engines will only be available with a 7-speed DSG. While the 190 PS will optionally be available with 4MOTION, it will be fitted to the 240 PS as standard.

Also available is an extensively reworked 2.0-litre TDI EVO with 150 PS with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. This new engine will feature Active Cylinder Shutdown.

Volkswagen Passat saloon – 2019 engines and specifications

Model

Engine/gearbox

0-62 mph (seconds)

Fuel economyMPG – NEDC (WLTP min, max)

CO 2 g/km

Price (RRP OTR)

SE

1.6 TDI 120 PS 7-spd DSG

11.3

67.3 (47.1, 49.6)

109

£27,630

SEL

2.0 TSI 190 PS 7-spd DSG

7.5

44.8 (36.2, 37.2)

143

£30,270

SEL

1.6 TDI 120 PS 7-spd DSG

11.3

67.3 (47.1, 49.6)

109

£29,430

SEL

2.0 TDI 190 PS 7-spd DSG

7.9

62.8 (47.9, 49.6)

117

£32,270

R-Line

2.0 TSI 190 PS 7-spd DSG

7.5

44.8 (35.8, 36.7)

143

£33,070

R-Line

2.0 TDI 190 PS 7-spd DSG

7.9

62.8 (47.9, 48.7)

117

£35,070

R-Line

2.0 TDI 190 PS 7-spd DSG 4MOTION

7.7

57.6 (44.1, 45.6)

129

£37,350

R-Line

2.0 TDI 240 PS 7-spd DSG 4MOTION

6.4

48.7 (37.7, 38.2)

151

£40,770

Volkswagen Passat Estate – 2019 engines and specifications

Model

Engine/gearbox

0-62 mph (seconds)

Fuel economyMPG – NEDC (WLTP min, max)

CO 2 g/km

Price (RRP OTR)

SE

1.6 TDI 120 PS 7-spd DSG

11.5

64.2 (45.6, 47.1)

116

£29,485

SEL

2.0 TSI 190 PS 7-spd DSG

7.7

44.1 (34.9, 35.8)

146

£32,085

SEL

1.6 TDI 120 PS 7-spd DSG

11.5

64.2 (45.6, 46.3)

116

£31,285

SEL

2.0 TDI 190 PS 7-spd DSG

8.1

61.4 (46.3, 47.9)

120

£34,085

R-Line

2.0 TSI 190 PS 7-spd DSG

7.7

44.1 (34.9, 35.8)

146

£34,885

R-Line

2.0 TDI 190 PS 7-spd DSG

8.1

61.4 (45.6, 47.1)

120

£36,885

R-Line

2.0 TDI 190 PS 7-spd DSG 4MOTION

7.9

56.5 (42.2, 44.1)

132

£39,485

R-Line

2.0 TDI 240 PS 7-spd DSG 4MOTION

6.7

47.9 (36.2, 37.2)

156

£42,585

R-Line Edition

2.0 TSI 272 PS 7-spd DSG 4MOTION

5.8

39.8 (32.8, 33.2)

163

£43,350

R-Line Edition

2.0 TDI 240 PS 7-spd DSG 4MOTION

6.7

47.9 (36.2, 33.2)

156

£45,050

Alltrack

2.0 TDI 190 PS 7-spd DSG 4MOTION

8.0

55.4 (42.2, 44.1)

133

£39,185

August 2019

SCR 'Twin-Dosing' introduced in VW Passat 2.0TDI Evo 110kW reducing NOx emissions by 80%.

Adblue is injected selectively upstream of two SCR catalytic converters which are arranged in series. The system is used in the new Passat 2.0 TDI Evo with 110 kW (150 PS), which already meets the technical requirements of the future Euro 6d emission standard as a result. Current RDE1 (real driving emissions) measurements confirm Volkswagen's type approval.

Volkswagen will now gradually introduce the new technology to all models with 2.0 TDI Evo engines. The new 2020 Golf VIII features twin dosing in all TDI variants.

The twin dosing process requires a second SCR catalytic converter located in the underbody of the vehicle. Since the distance to the engine is greater, the exhaust temperature upstream of the second catalytic converter can be as much as 100°C lower. This expands the window for aftertreatment of exhaust gases: even at exhaust gas temperatures close to the engine of +500°C, the system is still able to achieve very high conversion rates. In addition, a blocking catalytic converter downstream of the SCR system prevents excess ammonia slip.

The twin dosing process compensates for a system-based disadvantage of diesel engines. Modern diesel engines emit less CO 2 than petrol engines because diesel fuel has a higher energy density and the combustion process is more efficient. Diesel engines are also subject to special requirements, however, since fuel combustion takes place with excess air. The main constituent of air is nitrogen and this reacts with oxygen during combustion, thereby forming nitrogen oxides.

Ammonia is needed to reduce the nitrogen oxides produced in diesel engines. It is injected as an aqueous reducing agent (AdBlue) via a dosing module into the exhaust gas upstream of an SCR catalytic converter. Here, the solution evaporates; the reducing agent is split, combining with steam to form ammonia. In the SCR catalytic converter, the ammonia (NH3) then reacts on a special coating with the nitrogen oxides (NOx) to form water and harmless nitrogen (N2) – the main constituent of the air we breathe.

In existing exhaust gas treatment systems, a close-coupled SCR catalyst is located between the turbocharger, the diesel oxidation catalytic converter – which converts uncombusted hydrocarbons – and the flexible connecting piece to the silencer pipe. The SCR coating is applied to the honeycomb structure of the diesel particulate filter, thereby enabling a single component to perform several functions. The close-coupled arrangement means that the exhaust gas temperatures required for high conversion rates can be achieved quickly after a cold start – the ideal range for conversion rates of more than 90 percent is between +220°C and +350°C. These conditions are met in many operating situations.

Conversion rates do not drop above +350°C – thanks to twin dosing-system. Temperatures at this level occur for example when driving at high speeds on the motorway, at high engine speeds over prolonged periods of time and when driving uphill, especially if the vehicle is fully loaded or towing a trailer.

1) Passat Estate 2.0 TDI Evo 110 kW / 150 PS (NEFZ) fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 4,5 / extra-urban 3,6 / combined 4,0; CO 2 -emissions combined in g/km: 104; efficiency class: A+ Passat Saloon 2.0 TDI Evo 110 kW / 150 PS (NEFZ) fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 4,5 / extra-urban 3,5 / combined 3,9; CO 2 -emissions in g/km: 101; efficiency class: A+

September 2019

Latest VW Passat Saloon Prices Announced:

Volkswagen Passat saloon – 2019 engines and specifications

Model

Engine/gearbox

0-62 mph
(seconds)

Fuel economy,
combined
MPG – NEDC
(WLTP min, max)

CO 2 g/km,
EDC WLTP)

Price
(RRP OTR)

SE

1.5 TSI 6spd-manual

8.7

53.3 (45.7)

122 (140)

£25,370

SE

1.5 TSI 7spd-DSG

8.7

53.3 (42.9)

121 (150)

£26,970

SE

2.0 TDI 7spd-DSG

8.9

70.6 (55.2)

106 (134)

£28,930

SEL

1.5 TSI 6spd-manual

8.7

53.3 (45.6)

122 (141)

£27,170

SEL

1.5 TSI 7spd-DSG

8.7

53.3 (42.8)

121 (150)

£28,770

SEL

2.0 TDI 7spd-DSG

8.9

70.6 (55.1)

106 (134)

£30,730

R-Line

1.5 TSI 6spd-manual

8.7

53.3 (45.3)

122 (142)

£29,970

R-Line

1.5 TSI 7spd-DSG

8.7

53.3 (42.5)

121 (151)

£31,570

R-Line

2.0 TDI 7spd-DSG

8.9

70.6 (54.6)

106 (136)

£33,530

GTE

1.4 TSI Hybrid 6spd-DSG

7.4

188.3 (217.9)

34 (29)

£36,390

GTE Advance

1.4 TSI Hybrid 6spd-DSG

7.4

176.6 (201.7)

36 (32)

£38,940

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