VW Passat R Line forms part of streamlined Passat saloon and estate range
18 May 2009

Volkswagen is expanding its sporty R Line trim, already launched on the Tiguan SUV, to the VW Passat range.

The VW Passat R Line is available in both saloon and estate forms and gets bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels and a body kit designed by Individual, VW’s niche product arm.

The VW Passat R Line is based on the entry-level S trim and costs £600 more, but adds £2470 worth of extra equipment, including cruise control, seat height adjustment for both front seats and an electronic tyre pressure monitor.

The Sport and SEL trim levels have now been dropped from the VW Passat range, though the Highline and R36 continue at the top of the range.

The VW Passat R Line is available with 1.4-litre TSI and 1.8-litre TSI petrol engines, and with the 2.0-litre TDI CR 110 or 2.0-litre TDI CR 140 turbodiesels.

Matt Rigby

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Volkswagen Passat 2011-2014

The VW Passat is a competent family car - but does it show any flair, and does it stand out amongst established executive saloons from BMW, Audi and Mercedes?

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