Volkswagen Passat 2015: price, release date, and specs
Prices for the new Volkswagen Passat start at £22,215
Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the new Volkswagen Passat at the Paris Motor Show. The company showed the standard car as an estate in classy R-Line trim, plus saloon and estate versions of the super-efficient Passat GTE petrol-electric hybrid.
The new model is lower and wider than the car it replaces and has a stylish, coupe-like profile. We know that the most basic new Passat, a 1.6-litre turbodiesel with a manual gearbox in S trim, will cost £22,215.
By giving the car an imposing grille and classier overall look, VW is going after upmarket rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class. The new Passat is also set to feature plenty of new technology to help it compete with the established premium cars in its class.
New Volkswagen Passat design
The new Volkswagen Passat is based on some of the same components as the Volkswagen Golf to save money on development costs. These modern parts shave 85kg from the weight of the Passat, to improve fuel economy and make it more fun to drive.
The front grille of the car incorporates the latest VW grille seen on other new models, such as the most recent Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Polo, while the rear of the car quite clearly takes inspiration from the luxurious Volkswagen Phaeton.
New Volkswagen Passat interior & practicality
The revised Passat is 2mm shorter than the current car, but passenger space increases by 33mm thanks to a longer wheelbase (the space between the front and rear wheels). Headroom has also increased and boot space is up by 21 litres to 586 litres.
The car will be available in five trim levels; S will be the most basic, then there's SE, SE Business, GT and finally R-Line.
Boot space in the estate is up to 650 litres, which is 50 litres more than in a Skoda Octavia, 113 litres more than in a Ford Mondeo and – impressively – 17 litres more than in a Skoda Superb. The Passat is also able to swallow items up 2.85m long, while rear seats that fold down add extra practicality. The estate's bootlid can be closed by sweeping your foot under the rear bumper.
New Passat engines
One of the most important additions to the new Passat range is a powerful twin-turbo diesel engine. The 2.0-litre TDI BiTurbo produces 237bhp – 62bhp more than the current most powerful diesel. This engine will power the top-of-the-range model and will only be available with Volkswagen's 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system and a DSG automatic gearbox. Despite the car's power, VW claims it can still achieve 53mpg fuel economy.
A BlueMotion model capable of 78mpg and CO2 emissions of 95g/km will join the range in summer of next year.
A total of five petrol engines will be offered in the Passat worldwide, but Volkswagen has confirmed that none of them will be offered here, because demand for diesel models vastly outstrips the demand for petrols in the UK.
Volkswagen Passat GTE
From October 2015, the new VW Passat will also be available as a hybrid, using the same engine as the VW Golf GTE petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. This produces 208bhp in total and can cover up to 31 miles using electric power alone. If you have a short commute, you could conceivably travel to and from work without ever using any fuel. In the Golf, the hybrid engine can return 188mpg and emits 35g/km of CO2 (meaning free road tax and London Congestion Charge exemption) and the Passat should be capable of similar figures.
New Volkswagen Passat technical specs
Lots of new equipment will be available in the new Passat, including powerful LED headlights. They'll be capable of remaining on full beam without dazzling oncoming traffic by turning off individual bulbs.
Safety is a priority as the car chases the all-important five-star Euro NCAP rating. That means it has plenty of cutting-edge technology available, including autonomous braking that prevents low-speed collisions (a five-star Euro NCAP requirement from 2015), emergency assistance that stops the car if it detects the driver has fallen asleep and trailer assistance that makes it easier to reverse park when the car is hooked up to a trailer.
From late 2015, Passat buyers will be able to order the car with Active Info Display, a 12.3-inch TFT screen that will replace the traditional instrument dials. A head-up display (HUD) will also be added to the options list. This projects information such as speed and sat-nav directions onto the windscreen in front of the driver.
New Volkswagen Passat price & release date
The new Volkswagen Passat was shown in public at the Paris Motor Show and the car will be available to order in the UK from 7 October. Prices for saloon models are listed below, with equivalent estates costing around £1,500 more. First deliveries will be made in January 2015.
|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|
From launch, the car will be available in saloon and estate bodies, but those models will be joined by a VW Passat Alltrack version with raised suspension, as well as a sleek five-door VW Passat CC coupe.
For all the latest on the VW range, visit the Carbuyer Volkswagen reviews page.
Special edition cars: the best, worst and weirdest
2020 Volkswagen Arteon gets new petrol and diesel engines
Updated Peugeot 5008 starts at £29,585
Cupra Formentor SUV review
2020 Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback: base model starts at under £30k