Standard and optional equipment
New matrix of equipment. As well as the Passat's technical update, Volkswagen has also reconfigured the equipment structure. The basic version is now called Passat. Above this follows the mid equipment level Business. The top level is called Elegance. Business and Elegance can also be ordered with R-Line personalisation. The Passat GTE features model-specific equipment. In addition, the new Passat is once again available as an Alltrack all-wheel-drive all-rounder with off-road capabilities. Volkswagen has also designed an exclusive special-edition model limited to 2,000 units: the all-wheel-drive Passat R-Line Edition in the exclusive colour Moonstone Grey. The R-Line Edition is available exclusively with the top engines (176 kW TDI or 200 kW TSI and in this case the standard Travel Assist.
Passat. With standard equipment details such as LED headlights and LED tail light clusters, the Front Assist emergency brake assistant plus pedestrian detection, the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the Keyless Start system, the Composition radio system (MIB2), a telephone interface, smartphone integration via App Connect (wired) or mobile online services via We Connect and We Connect Plus, the new Passat equipment variant offers an even better price/performance ratio than the replaced Trendline version.
Business. The first possible level of customisation for the Passat is the new Business medium equipment level. In addition to the Passat level, the standard equipment here also includes details such as 16-inch alloy wheels (Sepang), chrome strips on the side windows, front comfort seats with lumbar supports (electrically adjustable on the driver's side), LED fog lights, customised applications in the vehicle interior, a rain sensor or the automatic headlamp control including the Leaving home and Coming Home functions. In addition, the Business variant differs from the Passat version in the vehicle interior by other fabrics and applications. Leather refines the steering wheel and the gear knob. Business replaces the Comfortline equipment line in the new Passat.
Elegance. The new top version of the Passat bears the name Elegance. Compared to the Business variant, it is quickly recognisable from the outside by features such as 17-inch alloy wheels (Istanbul), side strips in chrome in the lower body area, a chrome strip plus chrome trim in the rear bumper, the IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights and LED tail light clusters with dynamic flashing light animation. In the Passat Elegance, the driver and front passenger sit on sport comfort seats; the centre seat sections of the front seats and the outer rear seats are covered with Alcantara, the side bolsters with leather (Vienna). The front seats can also be heated. In addition, the standard equipment also includes adaptive chassis control (DCC; for 176 kW TDI and 200 kW TSI only) including driving profile selection (not for 140 kW TDI, the 3-zone Air Care Climatronic automatic air conditioner and exterior mirrors with surround lighting and the front passenger exterior mirror lowering function (foldable and heated, and dimming on the driver's side). Elegance replaces the Highline equipment line in the Passat.
R-Line. The Business and Elegance equipment levels can be further customised with R-Line packages. These packages were developed by Volkswagen R. The R-Line exterior package includes bumpers and sill extensions in R styling. Alternatively, the complete R-Line package can be ordered: in addition to the exterior scopes, it includes features such as a headliner in Titanium Black, decorative trims in Dark Diamond Flag (Business) or Silver Rise (Elegance) for the dash panel and door trims, pedals in brushed stainless steel and particularly sporty seat covers. The Passat Business' sport comfort seats are refined in this case by seat centre panels (front and outer rear seats) in Carbon Flag fabric and leather side bolsters (Vienna). In the Passat Elegance, leather (Nappa) is used for the seat centre panels (front and outer rear seats); the seat bolsters are customised here with a leather in the Carbon Style. The Passat Business and Passat Elegance can also be ordered with an R-Line sports package including XDS electronic differential lock, progressive steering, darkened rear windows and sports running gear (body approx. 15 mm lower).
Optional details and packages. In addition to the equipment versions and R-Line packages, the new Passat can also be individually adapted through a wide range of individual options and various packages. These include four new optional alloy wheels: the 17-inch Sebring wheel rim, the 18-inch Liverpool or Bonneville wheel rims and the 19-inch Pretoria wheel. Additional equipment highlights include the head-up display, background lighting in up to 30 colours, a tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof, a wide range of driver assist systems, the adaptive chassis control (DCC), the new Discover Media and Discover Pro Infotainment systems, the 700-watt Dynaudio Confidence sound system, the new IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights (Elegance series), the Easy Open locking system (unlocking the tailgate or boot lid from the outside, including Keyless Access locking and starting system) and an auxiliary heater. The Business Premium special package was specifically tailored to professional frequent drivers. It includes details such as Air Care Climatronic, App Connect Wireless for the first time, a 230 V socket on the rear centre console, the Rear View camera system, the Lane Assist lane departure warning system and Traffic Jam Assist, the Comfort mobile phone interface with inductive charging function in the centre console as well as a USB-C interface and USB charging sockets.
Independent model variants
R-Line edition. The exclusive special series of the Passat Estate R-Line Edition is limited to 2,000 units. On board the special series are the top engines with 176 kW / 240 PS (TDI) or 200 kW / 272 PS (TSI) and thus also the 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a 7-gear dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The high-tech all-rounder is painted in the new colour Moonstone Grey. Numerous black features are matched to this as a contrast. The roof is painted by hand in a complex process and set off in high-gloss black. The roof-edge spoiler, roof rail, and wing mirror caps are also black. The side window frames, rear diffuser, headlight rims and all trim also come in high-gloss black. The dark LED tail lights and high-gloss black 19-inch alloy wheels (Pretoria) have also been consistently integrated into this colour scheme. Black also dominates the interior: driver and passengers sit on R-Line sports seats, with seat centre panels covered with fine-quality Nappa leather, and the side bolsters with carbon leather. Pedals are finished in stainless steel (brushed), and the side sills (with R-Line logo) also come in stainless steel. Ambient lighting brings a wide range of colours into play.The limited edition also features almost all the new technologies on board as standard, including the Digital Cockpit and the 9.2-inch Discover Pro navigation system with R-Line start screen. Another highlight is the standard Travel Assist, IQ.LIGHT – LED Matrix headlight system and Rear View reversing camera system. The latest version of the DCC adaptive damper control system also forms part of the standard equipment. The sporty positioning of the model designed by Volkswagen R is underlined by the ESC off function, which is used to disable the electronic stabilisation programme when driving on closed roads.
GTE. The Passat GTE with the plug-in hybrid drive is an independent model variant. From the outside, the GTE can be recognised by 17-inch alloy wheels (Montpellier) specially designed for the hybrid version, trapezoidal exhaust system trims and side runners (around the A-pillar) with the GTE lettering. On the inside, the Passat GTE is characterised by details such as the Discover Media Infotainment system, the 3-zone Air Care Climatronic air conditioning system, fabric seats with blue elements and a perforated leather steering wheel.
Alltrack. The all-wheel-drive Passat Alltrack is also an independent model variant. This was developed for private and business high-mileage drivers who do not just drive the Passat on surfaced roads, who want to hitch a trailer to it or who also value the perfect grip when on a skiing holiday. A progressive all-rounder that comes into its own when the going gets tough on the basis of the Passat Estate – a crossover from the estate and SUV models. The standard specification of the Passat Alltrack includes bumpers adapted for offroad driving with underbody protection, sill extensions also featuring underbody protection, and robust wheel arch extensions. Thanks to a special off-road mode, modified running gear with greater ground clearance and the permanent 4MOTION four-wheel drive, the Passat Alltrack is just as much at home when driving off-road on terrain otherwise reserved for four-wheel drive SUVs. At the same time, the Passat Alltrack is also a comfortable and fast touring car. The Passat Alltrack is available with a 2.0 TSI with 200 kW / 272 PS or a choice of two TDIs with 140 kW / 190 PS and 176 kW / 240 PS respectively. A 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) is standard for all variants. The standard equipment also includes 17-inch alloy wheels (Ancona), electrically folding exterior mirrors, a sports steering wheel with perforated leather, trapezoidal exhaust system trims and Alltrack lettering on the front wings.