The 1.8-litre 118TSI is now the entry-level model in the Passat range with the discontinuation of the 2.0-litre 103TDI and the 147TSI models.
The 118TSI, combined with the standard seven-speed DSG gearbox, packs 118kW and 250Nm, uses 7.7 litres/100km (7.8 for the wagon) on combined cycle and emits 180g/km CO2 (182 wagon).
Next in line is the most popular Passat model, the 2.0-litre 125 TDI, which now enjoys a luxury Highline upgrade which includes a chrome-plated radiator grille strips, front fog lights and 17in alloys, as well as Napa leather upholstery, sports-luxury front seats and brushed aluminium decorative trims inside.
Performance when teamed with the standard six-speed DSG peaks at 125kW and 350Nm, while fuel consumption (6.5 litres/100km sedan, 6.6 wagon) and CO2 emissions (172g/km sedan, 175 wagon) are the best in the range.
Sharing the six-speed DSG are the range’s performance models, the V6 FSI Highline and the top-spec R36.
The 3.2-litre V6 FSI direct injection system leads to engine outputs of 184kW and 330Nm, acceleration from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds (7.2 wagon), fuel consumption of 10.2 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 243g/km (both variants).
The Highline’s extended standard equipment list now includes 18in alloys, sports suspension, 12-way electric front seats with three driver memory positions, automatic kerb function on passenger’s exterior mirror for reversing and media device interface.
Volkswagen’s upgraded 4Motion all-wheel drive system is at work within both the Highline and the R36, which at 220kW and 350Nm, is the king of the range.
The sedan races from 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds (5.8 wagon) yet fuel efficiency and emissions are both slightly better than the V6, coming in at 10.0 litres/100km for the sedan (9.9 wagon) and 233g/km CO2 (231 wagon).
The sporting look of the R36 has been enhanced by dark side and rear window tinting while inside it also gains the media device interface unit.
Driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control with front assist for braking distance reduction, park assist, adaptive chassis control and lane assist.
Safety remains high with eight airbags and enhanced traction control with anti-slip regulation and electronic stabilisation program.
The new 2010 Volkswagen Passat range is available now at the following manufacturer’s list prices:
- 118TSI - $38,990 ($40,990 wagon)
- 125TDI Highline - $43,990 ($45,990 wagon)
- V6 FSI Highline - $55,990 ($57,990 wagon)
- R36 - $64,990 ($66,990 wagon)
Stay tuned for the 2010 Volkswagen Passat First Steer which will be online soon.
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