The VW Passat Highline hands out presents like Santa. It therefore has numerous extras
compared to the SE it replaces. Highlights include the touch-screen sat-nav - a £750 option
on its predecessor – that includes traffic monitoring to help Santa miss Xmas jams. This
complements the front and rear sensors that provide an audible/visual parking guide.
No excuse for hitting Santa's sledge, then. These cost £430 on the old SE. The Highline
also has duel-zone climate control, previously £500, which - in theory - enables Santa
and Rudolph to set temperatures for their parts of the car. These extras combined cost
£1,680 on the SE but the Highline is only £500 more than the old trim.
As such it costs from
The Volkswagen Passat Highline is available in saloon and estate guise. The former looks
sleek, the latter has a monstrous cargo capacity of 1,731-litres when the rear seats are
folded flat. Plenty of room for presents, then. Furthermore, motorists can choose from
various engines: the 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS petrol, the 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS petrol, the 1.6-
litre TDI 105 PS diesel, and the 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS diesel. Boys and girls – assuming they
have been “nice not naughty” - can also have either five/six-sped manual or DSG automatic
transmission. The latter is a fantastic system which enables motorists to either cruise in full-
auto mode, or select gears manually without a foot clutch. Every VW Passat also has rock-
solid handling, excellent build quality, and pleasing styling. I might ask for one at Christmas.
By Stephen Turvil
Mon, 22 Oct 2012