The Volkswagen Passat range is to receive a new look for 2004, and be boosted with the addition of a new model, the Highline, available as a saloon and estate. It will sit between the SE and Sport trims, and feature a high level of standard equipment at a great value-for-money price.
Prices for the Highline range will start at £16,562 ‘on the road’ for the 2.0-litre 130 PS saloon and rise to £20,182 for the 1.9-litre TDI estate with 130 PS.
These prices represent an increase of just £150 over the SE model – though the Highline boasts an extra £1780 of value. This comes in the shape of a standard equipment list which includes full leather upholstery, unique ‘Michigan’ 15" alloy wheels, rear parking sensor, and heated front seats and windscreen washer jets.
These are in addition to the standard equipment list on all Passat SEs, which features ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), Climatronic air conditioning, a CD autochanger, twin front, side and curtain airbags and remote central locking with an alarm and immobiliser, among a host of other items.
On all models, the side indicators move to the wing mirrors, giving a more streamlined and modern look, similar to that on the range-topping Phaeton.
A number of new paint colours will also be added to the range, as well as new upholstery on SE models.
Highline models are available to order from this week, with the first cars arriving in the UK next month. All other Passats built from now will feature the exterior changes.
A full price list of Highline models follows:
|Passat Highline saloon model||Power (PS)||Gearbox||CO2 (g/km)||On the road price (�)|
|2.0-litre||130||5 spd manual||194||16,562|
|1.9-litre TDI||100||5 spd manual||151||16,917|
|1.9-litre TDI||100||4 spd auto||186||17,932|
|1.9-litre TDI||130||5 spd manual||154||17,837|
|1.9-litre TDI||130||5 spd Tiptronic||194||19,217|
|Passat Highline estate model||Power (PS)||Gearbox||CO2 (g/km)||On the road price (�)|
|2.0-litre||130||5 spd manual||202||17,527|
|1.9-litre TDI||100||5 spd manual||154||17,902|
|1.9-litre TDI||100||4 spd auto||189||18,897|
|1.9-litre TDI||130||5 spd manual||159||18,802|
|1.9-litre TDI||130||5 spd Tiptronic||197||20,182|
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