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The New Passat, the car drivers want

VOLKSWAGEN’S luxurious New Passat sets new standards for quality and equipment in executive cars.

So what makes the New Passat the car that both companies and drivers will want? Put simply, it offers premium driving pleasure at a great price, coupled with impressive residual values and low whole-life costs.

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The Passat has always been seen as a reliable, trustworthy vehicle with outstanding quality and finish. Building on that solid reputation, Volkswagen has given the model a stylish, upmarket makeover to produce an all-new sixth-generation car which is even more desirable.

Its coupe-style glamour, striking chrome grille and aerodynamic styling will turn heads, while the roomier cabin is fitted with a range of refinements such as semi-automatic air conditioning, high quality upholstery and CD player to ensure driver and passenger comfort.

Luxury features on all models include press and drive key system, alloy wheels, rear LED lights, pushbutton electronic parking brake and automatic opening for the spacious boot (a massive 565 litres). As you go up the range, through SE, Sport and SEL trims, options range from keyless entry, 2zone climate control, active cruise control and adaptive headlights to Bluetooth phone connection with DVD navigation and a 10-channel Dynaudio sound system.

It's a Volkswagen, so safety is central to the New Passat. It has been awarded a top 5-star rating for occupant protection in the Euro NCAP* crash test, making it one of the safest saloons in the world. There are six airbags - driver, passenger, side and curtain - plus crash active head restraints to limit whiplash injury. As you’d expect, all Passats come with ABS, but you might be surprised that the car monitors tyre pressure for you, alerting the driver of any problems.

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On the road the New Passat demonstrates its class-leading driving dynamics, thanks to the multi-link rear suspension, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) and 57 per cent improved body rigidity, which keeps it stable and comfortable for both long distance cruising and high speed cornering. Four direct-injection engines will be offered at launch, two petrol: a 115PS 1.6-litre FSI and 150PS 2.0-litre FSI, plus two diesels: a 105PS 1.9 TDI and 140PS 2.0 TDI.

Prices for the New Passat start at £14,995 (RRP on the road) for the entry-level S 1.6-litre FSI, £175 less than the outgoing equivalent model and significantly lower than its equivalent rivals. Fuel consumption is impressive at 37.7mpg (combined) and emissions are kept in check at 180g/km, thanks to new lighter materials ensuring this larger Passat weighs little more than the outgoing model. It's the same story for the diesel models with the 1.9TDI S 105PS priced at £15,840 (RRP on the road) and achieving an impressive 50.4mpg (combined) and low emissions of 157g/km.

Company car drivers who want to keep their tax as low as possible will be pleased that the New Passat complies with Euro 4 emission regulations and avoids the 3 per cent diesel surcharge.

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Fleet managers looking at maintenance budgets should know that Volkswagen has cut the cost of servicing and replacement parts significantly. Add in the estimated residual values of up to 41 per cent**, way ahead of comparable models from other manufacturers such as Ford, Vauxhall and Peugeot, and you are looking at very attractive whole-life costs.

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These are compelling rational reasons for putting the New Passat on your choice list, but the sheer pleasure of experiencing this luxurious new model is why the Passat is, more than ever, the car your drivers want.

For more information on the New Passat or Volkswagen's model range and Fleet Services, please contact the Fleet Business Centre on telephone 0800 38 989 38.

New Passat Fuel Consumption and CO² Emissions

Petrol engines
Engine CO² Emission, g/km Urban Extra Urban Combined
1.6ltr FSI 182 28.0/10.1 45.6/6.2 37.2/7.6
2.0ltr FSI 202 24.6/11.5 42.8/6.6 33.6/8.4
Diesel engines:
1.9ltr TDI 157 38.2/7.4 57.6/4.9 48.7/5.8
2.0ltr TDI 159 38.2/7.4 57.6/4.9 48.7/5.8

  • * Source: Euroncap.com

  • ** Source: CAP, June 2005

  • *** Some illustrations do not necessarily reflect UK specifications and may not be available. Consequently controls and some items of equipment are positioned differently for the UK

    NOTE: Details of standard features on entry-level Passat S taken from Volkswagen site digital brochure

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