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.