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less tax, more power with new 'euro 4' passat v6 tdi

May 22, 2003

Volkswagen has launched a new version of the Passat V6 TDI, with more power, greater economy and improved emissions.  The revised 2.5-litre powerplant produces 163 PS at 4000 rpm, 13 PS more than the engine it replaces.  Torque takes an even greater hike to 258 lbs ft at 1500 rpm – up from 228 lbs ft.

Despite these increases in power and torque, Volkswagen has revised the engine to produce less exhaust emissions and better fuel economy.  The V6 TDI is the first Volkswagen diesel in the UK to meet the tougher Euro 4 emissions standards, which will come into effect from the start of 2005.

Performance is improved thanks to the extra power, with the 0 to 62 mph time falling by half a second to 9.1 seconds and top speed climbing to 140 mph (both figures for saloon with manual gearbox).  Economy has also improved, with slight reductions in fuel consumption on all versions.

The Passat V6 TDI is available as both a saloon and estate, with either six-speed manual or five-speed automatic tiptronic transmission.  Prices range from £21,875 for the manual saloon to £23,990 for the estate automatic.

Equipment levels are comprehensive, with ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme); 17-inch alloy wheels; metallic or pearl effect paint; alcantara/leather upholstery; six-disc CD autochanger; ABS; electronic climate control; electric windows and mirrors; and six airbags (two front, two side and two curtain) all included as standard.

By meeting Euro 4 legislation now, Passat V6 TDI buyers benefit from a 3 per cent saving in company car tax liability.  For the saloon version with manual transmission, for example, the scale charge (as a proportion of the vehicle’s list price) is reduced from 25 to 22 per cent.

Further Euro 4 diesels will be introduced later this year.  The Touran – Volkswagen’s compact MPV, which is set for launch in August – will feature two Euro 4 diesel engines: a 100 PS 1.9-litre TDI and 136 PS 2.0-litre TDI.  The 1.9-litre unit will also be added to the New Beetle Cabriolet range.  

Technical specification – Passat V6 TDI 163 PS saloon 

Cubic capacity – litres/cc 2.5/2496
Output – PS/rpm 163/4000
Max torque – lbs ft/rpm 258/1500
Gearbox 6 spd manual/5 spd auto tiptronic
Top speed – mph 140/137
0-62 mph – secs 9.1/10.2
Economy – mpg        urban 28.5/24.4
                          extra urban 53.3/48.7
                            combined 40.9/35.8
CO2 – g/km 186/213
On the road prices – £ 21,875/23,040

Technical specification – Passat V6 TDI 163 PS estate 

Cubic capacity – litres/cc 2.5/2496
Output – PS/rpm 163/4000
Max torque – lbs ft/rpm 258/1500
Gearbox 6 spd manual/5 spd auto tiptronic
Top speed – mph 138/134
0-62 mph – secs 9.3/10.4
Economy – mpg        urban 28.2/24.1
                          extra urban 51.4/47.9
                            combined 39.8/35.3
CO2 – g/km 192/216
On the road prices – £ 22,825/23,990

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