By Stewart Smith on 2018-01-05 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
VW upgrades Passat
VOLKSWAGEN is upgrading equipment levels for the Passat range including LED lighting improvements, in-car entertainment and connectivity.
LED headlights are now standard on the SE Business, GT and Alltrack trims and the Passat R-Line now features Premium LED headlights.
Every new Passat now comes with Volkswagen's App-Connect system as standard. App-Connect enables the driver or a passenger to link a smartphone to the car via a USB cable.
This allows users to play music and playlists on the move. The car will also read out text messages and allow the user to dictate a reply.
A wide variety of other apps are available including Spotify and Skype. App-Connect works with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink which means it is compatible with most smartphones.
Also included in the latest models are heated front seats as standard.
SE Business models now feature 3-Zone climate control which means the driver and front passenger can set the temperature for their area of the car. There are separate controls for the rear passengers as well.
The current Passat won the prestigious European Car of the Year award when it was launched in 2015, and it continues to offer a high level of value for money.
The entry level Passat S 1.4 TSI saloon is now priced from £22,025 with the estate starting from £23,625.
Every model now includes Volkswagen's latest generation composition media infotainment system with an eight-inch colour touchscreen.
The Passat S features power-assisted steering, an electronic handbrake with hill-hold function, and a driver alert system to monitor driver fatigue.
SE Business trim adds satellite navigation via Volkswagen's Discover Navigation infotainment system, with branded points of interest, three route options and preloaded European map data. The cars also have adaptive cruise control, anti-collision systems, parking sensors and electrically adjustable and foldable door mirrors.
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