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SEL trim joins Passat line-up

VOLKSWAGEN has launched an SEL trim version of the Passat saloon which sits between the SE and Sport models but carries an entry level pricetag. Available in manual saloons with a choice of 1.8 125 bhp and 1.8 20v turbo 150 bhp petrol engines or a 1.9 TDI PD 115 bhp turbodiesel unit, it is available in a choice of four colours.

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.

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