The updated plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Passat GTE is now back, with increased electric range of 33 to 36 miles based on the new WLTP cycle, and official fuel economy of 176.6mpg – 188.3mpg for the GTE 1.4 TSI Hybrid 6spd-DSG and the GTE Advance 1.4 TSI Hybrid 6spd-DSG respectively.
The Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE 1.4 TSI Hybrid 6spd-DSG has an official WLTP fuel economy figure of 176.6mpg, or 166.2mpg for the GTE Advance.
The new Passat GTE will start from £36,390 for the saloon and £37,920 for the Estate, representing a saving of £1,635 over the outgoing Passat GTE. The previous car accounted for one in ten Passat sales in the UK but the new improved GTE is expected to become even more popular, accounting for one in four Passat sales.
GTE standard features include 17-inch ‘Nivelle’ alloy wheels, sports suspension, blue brake calipers, distinctive signature ‘C’ shape front LED running lights, Discover Navigation system with 8.0” colour screen and a charging point in the radiator grille.
If customers opt for the GTE Advance model, they will benefit from 18-inch ‘Monterrey’ alloy wheels, IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, Discover Navigation Pro with 9.2” colour screen and keyless entry with an easy open boot.
There’s also a new 1.5-litre TSI EVO 150 PS four-cylinder petrol engine with Active Cylinder Shutdown (called EVO by Volkswagen). This technology can shut down two of the four cylinders under certain low-load conditions in order to save fuel. It is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission. In SE trim with a manual gearbox this engine and trim represent the entry-point into the Passat range, starting at £25,370.The all-new 2.0-litre TDI EVO has opened for order with a seven-speed DSG transmission, with a newly designed six-speed manual transmission available soon. This new engine also features Active Cylinder Shutdown, a first for a Volkswagen brand diesel engine. An extensive re-design results in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the previous version of this engine. When the manual transmission arrives later this year this version is expected to account for most Passat sales in the UK.