VW Passat R-Line

13 May, 2013 4:14pm Tom Phillips

A new 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and R-Line trim level have been added to Volkswagen Passat range

Volkswagen has added the R-Line trim level to the Passat line-up. It’s based on the entry-level Passat S, but adds a sporty looking bodykit. This includes a more prominent front bumper, which includes fog lights, a larger rear bumper and extended side skirts.

The suspension has also been lowered by 15mm when compared to the Passat S, and the car comes with a set of 18-inch ‘Kansas’ alloys. There’s also a small bootlid spoiler on the saloon, or tailgate spoiler on the estate, extra chrome trim and dark-tinted rear windows.

Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, and LED tail-lights complete the look.

The R-Line kit is in addition to the spec of the Passat S, which includes Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity, a DAB radio and a leather-trimmed steering wheel that features flappy paddles if you opt for a DSG gearbox.

The R-Line is available with a 104bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine and six-speed manual gearbox; a 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine with six-speed manual or DSG gearbox; or a 158bhp 1.4-litre with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox.

The latter engine replaces the 1.8-litre petrol as it develops the same power, but is considerably more fuel efficient. All R-Line models feature stop-start.

Prices for the Passat R-Line start at £22,470 for the saloon and £23,880 for the estate, the order books are open now and the first cars should arrive in June. Buyers can also opt for the R-Line bodykit – the bumpers, side skirts and spoiler – on the Passat Highline and Sport models for an extra £900.

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I actually prefer the styling of the older B6 model!

In sport trim, I would of had the B6 passat over the rest of the competition and even the equivalent .. It was a fantastic looking car. This is just dull VW!

im sorry but its a kitten dressed up as a lion! A 1.4 litre fat saloon dressed up as some kind of sports model is just funny!

What I'm looking for in a car is the exact opposite - potent capability with no sporty stylistic references whatsoever

But it has 160bhp, and will probably hit 60 in around 8 seconds, also having a small capacity engine means it will get excellent mpg. Now compare that with a 2 litre diesel 3 series "sport" (116 bhp).. trying to pretend it's fast. Now that is really funny - a real daft kitten dressed up as as "aggressive"sports model!!... 0-62 in 11 seconds.. or a 318diesel "M"..wow!! -"Sports" model (143bhp).. 0-62 in 9 secs!!! Just a joke!!

haha well said.... cad I think you have been out done.

not a matter of being outdone at all, my beef is with all of the cars with bodykits promising things they have no chance of delivering! With the 3er too: just get an SE and waft, safe in the knowledge that you can't pull the skin off a custard! Its the same with this passat too, why spend money on posing attachments when ur going to have the same performance and exhaust note of a massey ferguson?! It just seems a little tragic... mind you, all these big repmobiles are not selling atm anyway: everyone's just downsizing as smaller cars are becoming so accomplished!

They may not be that popular but having something different from everyone else is good. 2.0 TDI is a decent engine for performance and economy on a car of this size. The Passat is a huge selling fleet car and I think it always will be.

I disagree. When I bought my BMW I test drove the standard and M sport models. The M sport has such a fantastic feel to it, the steering is heavier, the tyres are fatter and the suspension is solid. Compared with the standard model it is worlds apart on the handling department despite having the same engine.

My previous car was a 3.0 tdi A6 SE. Regardless of which is faster the BMW I have now is a much nicer car to drive, not to mention that i think my old A6 wouldn't be able to keep up with it on twisty lanes.

In addition to this, I chose the M Sport because it had a much better interior AND regardless of whether is should be 'allowed' to look better, in M Sport trim, the aggressive bumpers and big alloys look great.

I'm not trying to pretend I have a ferrari by owning the top spec model! Your argument is ridiculous!

0-60: 8 Secs
Top Speed: 143mph
MPG: 68.9 MPG

With performance to efficiency figures like that, I'm really not all that bothered I can't keep up with all the Porsches and Lamborghinis on my daily commute!

Sounds like you have a 320 diesel. Good mpg, I'd agree, but pound for pound, the performance really quite poor - however, you're quite right when comparing with other family cars in that the performance/mpg ratio is excellent. Eg a Ford Mondeo diesel (which has very similar performance to yours) can only muster 47.1 mpg.

tried a 320i se coupe vs 320i M sport (both auto) for a relative, found the SE to be the more comfortable car due to the more sensible wheels (runflats make it firm enough on their own!). also preferred the interior, although this could have been due to colour schemes: beige and piano vs black leather and aluminium, all down to personal preference I guess. Think the SE looks clean and "as god intended", rather than showy. Thought the ride/handling balance of SE was superior too. This is basically down to personal preference anyway, so pointless to argue. Remember that "better" is subjective, particularly in terms of looks. Surely the whole point of styling additions such as larger wheels is to increase the impression of performance. Surely the name "M-Sport" is in itself evocative of the M brand on purpose: i.e. to evoke thoughts of the higher performance models.

Yeah thats true: the 2.0 TDI is a decent goer: my money would probably go on a skoda superb with toys or a passat cc without any instead of a bodykitted standard passat tho

As you mentioned a couple of times, it really is down to personal preference. The M-Sport was just the best all round package IMO.

I agree that the SE can look better than the M-sport in some models such as the 3 series coupe. The 335d SE with the mahoosive alloys and twin exhausts looks utterly gorgeous.

Whatever it is, it will not sell well in the UK.
I personally dislike most small saloons I can think of except the old Ford Orion, which is really disturbing,
they always look pretentious to me.

I was initially comparing VW's 1.4 Petrol against 2.0 diesels.

Nevertheless, with regard to the Passat diesel v BMW diesel, I've just looked on VWs & BMW's web sites, and for the manual (I couldn't find auto on the BMW site) they quote the following:

VW 2.0 TDI 140PS, combined: 61.4 mpg

BMW 318D M Sport 143bhp, combined: 67.5.

So there's no much in it. But in any case, do you trust manufacture's claims? I certainly don't.

PS.. The honest John stuff may be comparing models from different years & isn't really reliable. I would always look at actual tests or manufacturers claims.

It doesnt matter what trim they stick on it, its still blander than tofu to look at and to drive.
With that small engine as well the real life numbers will not be what is published. If you floor that engine you will see it does not have enough torque to get it up to speed without drinking its own weight in fuel. The only way you will get the 60+ is by staying under 30 and never going up hill.

Small saloon? You ever seen a passat?