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.
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.