- More equipment across the Passat range
- Extra comfort features become standard
- Additional tech will benefit business users
Volkswagen has lavished a selection of extra equipment on its popular Passat for 2018, including the GT, R-Line and fleet-favourite SE Business.
What’s new on the Passat SE Business?
Of particular use for company car drivers will be the Spotify music app (for those long motorway journeys), as well as Skype, enabling phone calls to be made with any contacts you may have.
Also added to the SE Business kit list are heated front seats, three-zone climate control and a colour multi-function display in between the dials.
The extra kit is worth almost £2,000 compared with the pre-update model, but only adds £550 to the car’s list price, which shouldn’t reflect too heavily in the car’s P11D value.
What about the Passat GT and R-Line?
If you have the budget to stretch to a higher-spec Passat, the GT and R-Line have also been upgraded.
The GT also receives standard LED headlights, while the R-Line has upgraded Premium LED lights, which have a different daytime-running light signature, and are active. This means the beam of light turns in relation to the steering wheel.
As with the SE Business, GT and R-Line models come with App-Connect as standard, as well as heated front seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, DAB radio, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking.
Passat engines remain unchanged
The choice of engines remain the same, however. If you want a petrol, there’s a 1.4-litre TSI in two states of tune – 125 and 150hp. Both are available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic.
If it’s diesel you want, there’s a 1.6-litre TDI with 120hp available in SE Business and GT trims, while a 2.0-litre TDI with either 150hp (SE Business, GT and R-Line) or 190hp (GT and R-Line).
Higher-output petrols are available in the GT and R-Line, but come with the highest BIK costs, along with the 240hp biturbo diesel engine.
If you want a Passat with the lowest BIK rates, you’ll want the plug-in hybrid GTE, followed by the 125hp 1.4-litre TSI in SE Business trim with a DSG gearbox.