Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion

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The new Volkswagen Passat is now available in BlueMotion form, which means a combined fuel consumption of 68.9 mpg for the saloon and 65.7 mpg for the Estate.

Launched in January this year, the latest standard Passat and Passat Estate exceeded the fuel economy figures of the outgoing BlueMotion models, and this latest BlueMotion model, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, is even more economical.

The Passat BlueMotion has a modified version of Volkswagen’s 1.6-litre common rail TDI engine developing 105 PS, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox.

In addition to the Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems which already feature on the BlueMotion Technology models, the latest addition to the BlueMotion range includes further modifications to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. These include low rolling resistance tyres, suspension lowered by 15 mm at the front and 7.5 mm at the rear, plus a revised radiator grille and underbody panel to minimise drag. The saloon is also fitted with a rear spoiler.

Lightweight and aerodynamic 16-inch steel rims are fitted as standard, while 17-inch alloy wheels are also available as an option.

These modifications result in an expected average combined fuel consumption of 68.9 mpg for the saloon and 65.7 mpg for the Estate, while CO2 emissions of 109 g/km for the Passat, and 113 g/km for the Passat Estate, put them into VED bands B and C respectively.

With a premium of just £220 over the S trim models on which they are based, all BlueMotion variants also feature curtain airbags, ESP, ‘Climatic’ air conditioning, electric windows, electronic parking brake, RCD 310 radio / CD player and Multi Device Interface (MDI) with iPod connectivity. Items such as the fatigue detection system with cruise control, Park Assist II and High Beam Assist are also available as options.

The new Passat and Passat Estate BlueMotion are available to order now, with first examples arriving in showrooms towards the end of July.

Prices start at £19,875 for the saloon and rise to £21,180 for the Estate.

The previous generation Passat BlueMotion entered the record books in October 2010 after covering a distance of 1,527.63 miles on a single tank of fuel, achieving an average 89.83 mpg.

See the Volkswagen BlueMotion range at Green-Car-Guide Live!, at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, 15-17 July 2011.