- New Highline Plus grade
- Touchscreen nav plus Bluetooth
- Deliveries begin in January 2010
A new range-topping model has been added to the Volkswagen Passat range with standard satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity with a touchscreen adaptor.
The Highline Plus comes with a chrome grille surround and louvres, as well as the phone and navigation kit, and is priced at £750 more than the standard Highline.
The CD-based satellite navigation system also includes a SD card reader and socket to connect external MP3 players. It will soon become an option on other Passat models for £795.
The Bluetooth touch adaptor works in conjunction with the factory-fit phone preparation and incorporates a dashboard-mounted cradle.
The touchscreen adaptor has a 2.8-inch screen displaying clear icons which, once paired with a mobile phone, displays the phone book, text message alerts and caller ID. Calls can be answered or terminated using the multifunction steering wheel.
The touch adaptor can connect to most Bluetooth-enabled phones, including the iPhone and Blackberry.
Other features of the Highline Plus inclise 17-inch alloy wheels, semi-automatic climate control, cruise control and leather seats.
The Highline plus is available as a saloon or estate and is offered with a choice of a 160bhp 1.8 TSI petrol engine or diesels ranging from a 110bhp 2.0 TDI, a 140bhp 2.0 TDI with or without fuel-daving Bluemotion Technology pack, or a range-topping 170bhp 2.0 TDI.
Bluemotion Technology versions are eligible for company car tax at 18 per cent of the P11D value.
Prices for the Highline Plus start at £20,915 on the road for the 1.8 TSI saloon.