VW Passat R-Line: Popular family favourite gets a makeover

The 2013 VW Passat model range has been extended thanks to the introduction of a new R-line trim level and a new, more-efficient 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine.

VW Passat R Line

The New VW Passat R-Line will find new fans for the Passat range

The R-Line trim brings even more style to the VW Passat range, with a bespoke bodykit that gives a sleek and sporty image.

At the front, the unique bumper includes fog lights with cornering function, while lowered sports suspension (by 15 mm) and side skirts give the family car a ground-hugging look that’s enhanced by the distinctive rear bumper and 18-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in low-profile 235/40 tyres.

At the rear, a bootlid spoiler (tailgate spoiler on the Estate) completes the look.

Chrome trim on the bumpers and window surrounds is offset by dark-tinted rear windows, while standard bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights help the VW Passat R-Line to stand out, day and night.

2013 VW Passat S provides the basics

The VW Passat R-Line’s equipment is based on that of the VW Passat S, and includes Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity, DAB digital radio and a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel (with gearshift paddles on DSG models).

The new VW Passat R-Line is available with a 1.6-litre 105 PS TDI diesel engine with six-speed manual gearbox, a 2.0-litre 140 PS TDI diesel engine with six-speed manual or DSG gearboxes and a new turbocharged and supercharged 1.4-litre 160 PS TSI engine with either six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes.

All 2013 VW Passat R-Line models feature BlueMotion Technology modifications with Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems.

New VW Passat R-Line comes to the UK in 2013

The family car is now open for ordering, with the first deliveries expected in June with OTR prices starting at £22,470 for the 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS BMT 6spd manual and rising to £26,385 for the 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS BMT 6spd DSG.

The VW Passat is a great car and its first revamp famously led to Ford completely reinventing their Mondeo to compete (they even hired the bloke who redesigned the VW Passat for the task) but being a VW means that the leasing costs for this new R-Line will undoubtedly be cheaper than owning one.

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