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New VW Passat Bluemotion sets the economy standard

07 June 2011

New VW Passat Bluemotion sets the economy standard


A standard production Passat BlueMotion entered the record books in October 2010 after covering a distance of 1,527.63 miles on a single tank of fuel, achieving an average 89.83 mpg.  Not wanting to rest on the laurels of the previous generation, Volkswagen has now added a BlueMotion model to the seventh-generation Passat range which is even more efficient.  Prices start at £19,875 for the saloon and rise to £21,180 for the Estate.

Launched in January this year, the latest standard Passat and Passat Estate exceeded the fuel economy figures of the outgoing BlueMotion models, and this latest BlueMotion model, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, raises the bar even further. 

At the heart of the Passat BlueMotion is a modified version of Volkswagen’s efficient 1.6-litre common rail TDI engine developing 105 PS, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox.   

In addition to the Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems which already feature on the BlueMotion Technology models, the latest addition to the BlueMotion range includes further modifications to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag.  These include low rolling resistance tyres, suspension lowered by 15 mm at the front and 7.5 mm at the rear, plus a revised radiator grille and underbody panel to minimise drag.  The saloon is also fitted with a compact rear spoiler.

Lightweight and aerodynamic 16-inch steel rims are fitted as standard, while exclusive 17-inch ‘Buenos Aires’ alloy wheels are also available as an option. 

These modifications result in an expected average combined fuel consumption of 68.9 mpg for the saloon and 65.7 mpg for the Estate, while CO2 emissions of 109 g/km for the Passat, and 113 g/km for the Passat Estate, put them into VED bands B and C respectively.

Despite these efficiency measures, the car remains spacious, comfortable, safe and refined.  With a premium of just £220 over the S trim models on which they are based, all BlueMotion variants are also well-equipped featuring curtain airbags, ESP, ‘Climatic’ air conditioning, electric windows, electronic parking brake, RCD 310 radio / CD player and Multi Device Interface (MDI) with iPod connectivity.  Items such as the fatigue detection system with cruise control, Park Assist II and High Beam Assist are also available as options.

As with all BlueMotion models, these latest additions to the range are conventional to drive, service and maintain, yet among the most efficient vehicles on the road today.  They also benefit from the same competitive low rate finance offers as the rest of the Passat range through Volkswagen Finance, and are eligible for free servicing for three years or 30,000 miles (whichever comes soonest).

The new Passat and Passat Estate BlueMotion are available to order now, with first examples arriving in showrooms towards the end of July.


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