The new Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion saloon and estate have both gone on sale in the UK, with pricing starting at £23,200.
Both versions boast an official fuel economy of 76.3mpg in official testing while emitting 95g/km of CO2. Both are powered by a modified version of the 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine from the Passat range, which is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The modifications to the engine have resulted in a boost to the Passat’s performance, with the top speed marginally quicker than the standard version at 130mph for the saloon. The 0-62mph times remain the same, though at 10.8sec and 11.0sec for the saloon and estate respectively.
Bluemotion models are based on the entry-level S specification and get 17in alloy wheels, a radiator grille designed to improve the cars’ aerodynamics and a radiator shutter, all of which boost fuel efficiency.
They also come with VW’s 6.5in infotainment system, Bluemotion specific front and rear bumpers, chrome grille details, and Bluemotion badging.
Cars are available to order now, with first deliveries set to take place from August.
Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below: