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At $57,990 the 2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line is a true semi-prestige value-for-money hero among the 'bottom feeder' models from the big three German luxury car manufacturers.
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2019 Volkswagen Passat facelift spied

The facelifted Volkswagen Passat sedan has been spied undergoing testing in the European Alps. Up front, the headlamp internals have been reworked, with the LED driving lights now forming a brow above the main- and high-beam units. The grille, at least on this prototype, has an egg crate-style design not too dissimilar to that used on the pricier Arteon...

Volkswagen Passat 206TSI sedan axed

The Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line sedan has been dropped from the line-up, leaving just the wagon with the top-shelf powertrain option. Speaking with CarAdvice, Volkswagen Australia's public relations and brand experience manager, Kurt McGuinness, confirmed the changes, citing the introduction of the Arteon four-door coupe as the cause...

Volkswagen recalls 2011/12 Golf, Passat and CC

Volkswagen has recalled the 2011/12 Passat, Golf and CC over concerns about an overheating starter motor relay. According to the company, a bent or broken spring could obstruct the clearance of the spindle in the starter motor relay. This could cause a blockage, creating a constant current supply to the starter motor relay and, in turn, causing it to overheat...

Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Polo, CC, Eos and Up! join Takata recall

Volkswagen has announced a multi-stage recall for 106,804 vehicles, after the Australian Federal Government yesterday announced a mandatory recall of vehicles fitted with Takata airbags. The company is at pains to mention none of these vehicles are fitted with the more dangerous 'alpha' inflators, and points out no current-generation cars are impacted...

2018 Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Arteon recalled

Volkswagen Australia has issued a recall notice for a handful of Passats, one Golf and one Arteon, to correct an issue with the rear-wheel bearing housing. According to the company, the rear-wheel bearing housing on a total of 64 vehicles may have been manufactured with insufficient case hardening...

2018 Volkswagen Passat, Tiguan initial details revealed in updated brochures

Details for the upgraded 2018 model-year Volkswagen Passat and Tiguan ranges have been released this week, via new brochures on the company's Australian website. While we're waiting to get the official word from Volkswagen Australia, keen-eyed CarAdvice reader, Nick, spotted the updates while configuring a Tiguan on the company's local online configurator...

2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg returns with next year's tech

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition has been announced this week, reviving the nameplate and bringing more technology for the new model year. Limited to just 250 units this time round, the Wolfsburg Edition of the jacked-up Passat kicks of at $54,990 plus on-road costs - $4200 more than the Passat 140TDI Alltrack base car...

Deals on wheels for May 5

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Haggle hard, and happy shopping. If you spot any deals, let us know in the comments...

Volkswagen recalls several models for safety fix

Volkswagen has issued a recall for several models lines across the 2016 and 2017 model years over concerns the airbags and seatbelt tensioners may not deploy correctly in an accident. The 340 vehicles affected include the popular Golf, Tiguan and Passat, along with commercial models like the Multivan and Amarok...

2016-17 Volkswagen Golf wagon, Passat recalled

Volkswagen has issued a recall for its 2016 and 2017 model-year Golf wagon and Passat models over concerns the vehicles may not indicate when its lights are malfunctioning. According to the German manufacturer, a software error may cause an inoperative dipped beam, main beam, daytime running light, rear fog light or indicator bulbs to not be indicated to the driver...

2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition on sale in Australia

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition is now on sale in Australia, bringing some extra equipment and style to the German brand's high-riding family wagon. The newly added Wolfsburg Edition version of the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack sees the addition of new 19-inch Albertville alloy wheels (an inch larger than the standard rims), while the newly added LED headlights are said to offer a "unique light signature"...