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Volkswagen has updated the entire Passat range slightly for the new MY by adding new standard features both inside and out.

Pricing starts at £23,625 ($31,978) for the entry-level saloon powered by a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine that makes 125PS (123hp) and works together with a 6-speed manual gearbox, whereas the most affordable estate adds a £1,020 ($1,381) premium.

Changes operated across the range include the addition of LED headlights at no extra cost on the SE Business, GT, Alltrack, and R-Line trims, and the brand's App-Connect system, offered as standard on all versions of the car, which mirrors the screen phone onto the infotainment system after users link it via a USB cable.

Elsewhere, the SE Business now benefits from three-zone climate control, color multi-function display, multi-function computer, and heated front seats as standard, with the latter also added to the R-Line and Alltrack models.

Volkswagen's challenger to the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Opel/Vauxhall Insignia continues to be offered in two body styles, saloon and wagon, and with a wide variety of petrol and diesel engines, mated to either a 6-speed manual and a 6- or 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

The top-of-the-line GTE Advance model exceeds the £40,000 ($54,143) mark in Britain, and comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes a combined 218PS (215hp).



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