In addition to the standard Passat specification which includes ABS brakes, four airbags and climate control air conditioning, SEL models feature 15-inch alloy wheels, a CD player, driver and front seat passenger seat height and lumbar adjustment, lowered sports suspension and velour upholstery.
Prices range from £15,750 on-the-road for the 1.8 125 bhp through £17,110 for the 1.8 T to £17,150 for the TDI PD. Volkswagen says the SEL is a permanent member of the Passat range - now numbering 29 saloon models - and is not a special offer model.
A spokeswoman denied the model's launch represented a price-cutting strategy by Volkswagen. But, she said its 'competitive pricing' was due to a restricted choice of colours, restricted engine choice and only saloon availability. Discounts terms are unlikely to be available.