Official launch: Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line 2.0 TSI

When the Volkswagen Passat was first launched late last year in Singapore, it proved to be a hit. After all, it looked sleeker, more stylish, and feels and drives a lot more comfortable than its predecessor.

But in a first of its class and history, Volkswagen introduced the estate variant of the popular Passat – named the Passat Variant (read: Volkswagen’s naming of wagons in its family line).

The new Passat Variant come standard with R-Line exterior styling package, providing owners with the luxury and sportiness of R-Line bumpers, the R-Line logo on the radiator grille, side sill extensions, roof edge spoilers, a black glass diffuser, as well as 19″ rims.

Wagons are after all famous for its space, and the Passat Variant did not disappoint (at least on paper). It offers 650 litres of luggage space, expandable to 1,780 litres if necessary.

Similar to its sedan brother, the Passat Variant comes standard with Volkswagen’s new Active Info Display. Features such as satellite navigation maps can be viewed from in between the rev counter and speedometer, together with a myriad of other data and important vehicle information, allowing you to keep your eyes focused on a single point instead of darting around the center console.

Volkswagen’s “Discover Pro” navigation system also comes with App-Connect, allowing you the luxury of connecting smartphone applications and functions into the center infotainment display screen. This works with MirrorLink, Android Auto, as well as Apple CarPlay services.

To navigate the long(er) body of the Passat Variant, the car also comes with camera-based surroundings visualisation system, producing a 360-degree overview of the car’s surrounding, extremely useful when navigating tight parking lots.

Beneath its hood, the Passat Variant houses a 2.0-litre plant, putting out 216 horses and 350 Nm of torque. It’s mapped to Volkswagen’s 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG), and clocks the century sprint in 6.9 seconds.

A first in the German marque’s history, the Passat Variant completes the range and offers an additional attractive option to buyers looking out for estate cars. The Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line 2.0 TSI is retaining at S$182,300 (as of press time).

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