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Volkswagen upgrades Golf and Passat for 2018 with new engines and equipment

Volkswagen kick-starts 2018 with more tech for the Passat and two new Golf engines

Volkswagen has updated both the Passat and Golf for 2018 with the inclusion of additional standard equipment on the Passat saloon and estate models, plus new engine options in the Golf.

The Passat now comes with LED headlights as standard on all trim levels apart from S trim, as well as VW’s App-Connect smartphone mirroring system, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The Passat R-Line now features premium LED headlights as standard too.

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Heated seats are now standard equipment on SE Business, R-Line and Alltrack models, while SE Business also gets three-zone climate control and a colour multi-function display embedded in the instrument panel.

The Passat in SE Business trim is equipped with £1,955 worth of extra kit, but its retail price only increases by £550. Likewise in R-Line trim, which increases by £200 despite having £1,500 worth of standard equipment added to the car.

Meanwhile, the Golf comes with the addition of a new 1.5-litre TSI EVO turbocharged four-cylinder BlueMotion petrol engine producing 128bhp, available on the Golf GT hatchback and Estate from £23,435.

It comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox in three or five-door format, and boasts cylinder deactivation technology. The frugal engine produces 113g/km in CO2 emissions in three-door hatchback form with a manual gearbox.

The Golf Alltrack estate also gets a new powertrain in the form of a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 178bhp. It comes as standard with VW’s 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system and costs £31,525.

Will VW’s updates be enough to tempt you into buying a Passat or Golf in 2018? Let us know below!

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