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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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Volkswagen Passat to get range-wide PHEV option - report

The updated Volkswagen Passat looks set to offer plug-in hybrid technology across its line-up instead of reserving it for the upper end of the range, according to a new report. Britain's Auto Express claims Volkswagen is planning to offer a less-powerful PHEV powertrain in the refreshed Passat line-up – due to be revealed early next year – making the technology more widely available than the current model...

2019 Volkswagen Passat spied

The updated Volkswagen Passat has been spied during development testing this week, giving us a closer look at the facelifted sedan version of the brand's mid-sizer. Despite the camouflage at both ends, we can see the Passat will get a refreshed facial treatment headlined by a redesigned front bumper, a revised grille treatment, and what appears to be a new LED daytime-running light signature peeking through the wrap...

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...