Smartphone linking technology now standard across range; LED headlights standard on higher-spec models

Volkswagen is offering more standard equipment on the Passat as part of an update for 2018.

All versions of Passat saloon and estate models now come as standard with Volkswagen’s App Connect smartphone linking technology, which features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.

SE Business, GT and Alltrack trims also get LED headlights as standard, alongside LED daytime running lights that flash orange when the indicator is on.

SE Business, R-Line and Alltrack join GT as trims that get heated front seats as standard. SE Business gets three-zone climate control, too, allowing the driver, front passenger and rear occupants to set their own temperatures. There’s also a colour multi-function display in the instrument cluster.

Of all the trim levels, SE Business – popular with fleet buyers – receives the largest amount of new standard kit. That model now commands £25,415, which is a price increase of £550, but it comes with £1,955 worth of extra equipment.

The entry model, S, now costs from £22,025, while the price of the top-of-the-range R-Line 4Motion, which comes with a 237bhp turbocharged diesel engine and all-wheel drive, starts at £37,455.

The Passat GTE, Volkswagen’s plug-in variant, costs from £34,930 when the government’s £2500 grant is applied.

Volkswagen enjoyed strong sales in 2017 despite ongoing economic uncertainty. It achieved 0.69% growth in UK market share, which reached 8.21%. The brand delivered 208,462 cars to British customers across the 12 months, an increase of 1434 cars over 2016.

The Golf was Volkswagen's best-selling car in December, finding 6209 homes, compared with 5029 for the Ford Fiesta. However, the Golf ranked second overall behind the Fiesta for 2017 with 74,605 registrations.

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5 January 2018

They'll need them if the '17 plate that passed me with one working headlamp this morning is anything to go by.

If I want an autonomous car, I'll take a taxi.

5 January 2018

...but is it still the most boring car ever made?

Steam cars are due a revival.

5 January 2018

Most boring car Skoda 'old A4 parts bin, Not' Superb!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

5 January 2018

I looked at one of these an estate version 150 dsg Sport - I looked and walked away. It has no equipment, everything was optional and the interior nothing special for the high price being asked for it.

5 January 2018
Jimbbobw1977 wrote:

I looked at one of these an estate version 150 dsg Sport - I looked and walked away. It has no equipment, everything was optional and the interior nothing special for the high price being asked for it.

Jim do you look at VWs in showrooms so as you can post negatively. Last Jan within a Kuga article you wrote ".. sat in the back of a £30k plus Tiguan. " only to go on about it's cheapness.

Look forward to your up coming Polo review

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

5 January 2018

I also looked at a Kuga as well and test drove one of those at the same I looked at the Tiguan, Passat, Audi A4, Mondeo, Mazda 6, BMW 3 Series tourer...

I didn’t like the Kuga as it felt cheap inside for the price also and it wasn’t giving good fuel economy.

However, I posted the above as this article relates to the Passat so I passed my opinion on that. 

5 January 2018
xxxx wrote:

Jimbbobw1977 wrote:

I looked at one of these an estate version 150 dsg Sport - I looked and walked away. It has no equipment, everything was optional and the interior nothing special for the high price being asked for it.

Jim do you look at VWs in showrooms so as you can post negatively. Last Jan within a Kuga article you wrote ".. sat in the back of a £30k plus Tiguan. " only to go on about it's cheapness.

Look forward to your up coming Polo review

I won’t be giving a Polo review as it’s not the size of car I would buy, unless I end up with one on holiday, which won’t happen because I don’t choose that segment on holiday. My upcoming holiday I’ve hired a new Astra auto - I can post a review for you on that when I’ve driven it if you want... 

5 January 2018
Jimbbobw1977 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Jimbbobw1977 wrote:

I looked at one of these an estate version 150 dsg Sport - I looked and walked away. It has no equipment, everything was optional and the interior nothing special for the high price being asked for it.

Jim do you look at VWs in showrooms so as you can post negatively. Last Jan within a Kuga article you wrote ".. sat in the back of a £30k plus Tiguan. " only to go on about it's cheapness.

Look forward to your up coming Polo review

I won’t be giving a Polo review as it’s not the size of car I would buy, unless I end up with one on holiday, which won’t happen because I don’t choose that segment on holiday. My upcoming holiday I’ve hired a new Astra auto - I can post a review for you on that when I’ve driven it if you want... 

That sounds exciting, can't wait.

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