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Volkswagen adds new petrol options to Passat and Tiguan

Volkswagen has added several new petrol options to its Passat and Tiguan ranges with the new models bringing lower BIK ratings to the two car’s ranges.

There is now a choice of four petrol engines over the Passat saloon and estate range, with two 1.4-litres, a 1.8 and a 2.0 litre available.

The 125hp 1.4-litre is the most efficient of the four, with the saloon version offering emissions as low as 114g/km when the engine is paired with VW’s seven-speed automatic gearbox. Emissions rise to 123g/km with the manual.

VW Passat 2The 150hp 1.4-litre petrol with the fuel saving Active Cylinder Technology is also available, as is the 180hp 1.8-litre and 220hp 2.0-litre version.

Buyers have a choice of four trims with the petrol engines – S, SE Business, GT and the sporty R-Line. The latter of these is offered with the 125hp 1.4-litre petrol – VW says this is the first time R-Line has been offered with an entry-level engine.

Each trim comes with the same specification as the diesel version, but prices start around £1900 less. VW highlights that some versions will benefit from lower BIK bills. It points out that the Passat 1.4 TSI ACT 150hp SE Business manual has a 22% BIK rating on a £23,775 list price, meaning a 40% tax payer would incur a tax charge of £191 a month versus £215 on the £25,675 150hp 2.0-litre diesel, a saving of £866 over a three year period.

The Tiguan SUV now comes with a choice of two new petrol versions, with the 125hp and 150hp 1.4-litre engines added to the range. The lower-powered version is available in 2WD manual form in SE and SE Nav trim, while the more powerful option is offered in various forms across the SE Nav, SEL and R-Line trims, with six-speed manual and six-speed DSG gearboxes and 4WD and 2WD versions offered.

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