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Volkswagen Passat is European Car of the Year

The Geneva Motor Show this year saw the announcement of the 2015 European Car of the Year…the VW Passat
We’ll soon be seeing a plug-in hybrid version, the GTE...

We recently tested the VW Passat in these pages and were impressed by its exceptional quality and refinement, unaware that it was soon to assume such an accolade!


The Passat is a completely new model built on VW’s accomplished MQB platform, yet its evolutionary Passat design cues are clear. The Passat’s quality and functionality played a big part in the Judge’s decisions on a car that is lighter yet stiffer than its predecessor. A very roomy and comfortable cabin is ‘home from home’ for families and long distance business use, the latter destined for the majority of sales.

The Passat comes with a wide range of fuel efficient engines; top choice will be the twin turbo 2.0 TDCI with 240 hp combined with a new and highly impressive 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. Petrol engines start with the economical1.4 TSI.

And there’s more to come. We’ll soon be seeing a plug-in hybrid version, the GTE, with a range of 50km in electric mode, alongside the option of a combination of petrol-electric hybrid power generating 156 horsepower  and  a 1.4 petrol engine achieving 218 hp overall.

- Kevin Haggarthy

Petrol engines

1.4TSI (125 hp), 1.4TSI ACP (150 hp)

Diesel engines

1.6TDi (120 hp), 2.0TDi (150, 190, 240 hp)

Tech Spec

Top Speed: 0-100 km/h acceleration petrol engines/diesel engines: 9.9 to 8.4 s/10.9 to 6.1 s. CO2 Emissions petrol/diesel: 115 to 124 g/km/105 to 139 g/km. Transmission: Front/all wheel drive. Manual/automatic DSG gearbox. Body: 5-door saloon & estate.


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