The VW Passat may not be the most desirable vehicle in the German carmaker’s range, but as Mat Watson from CarWow recently discovered, it’s quite an impressive car in Passat Estate R-Line Edition guise.
The special edition was introduced by VW after last year’s Geneva Motor Show and is based around the facelifted iteration of the Passat. It is quite the head-turner, thanks largely to the stunning Moonstone Grey paint finish.
Other parts help distinguish the Passat Estate R-Line Edition from lesser models in the Passat range. These include a gloss black roof as well as gloss black across the side window frames, grille, 19-inch wheels, wing mirrors, roof rails, and rear diffuser.
As for the interior, it features a set of R-Line sports seats up front that include Nappa leather in the center section and carbon leather for the side bolsters. There is also an ambient lighting system as well as stainless steel pedals and scuff plates.
VW is producing just 2,000 examples of the Passat Estate R-Line Edition in Europe and sells it either with a diesel engine delivering 237 HP (240 PS) or a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol with 272 HP (276 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.
The car tested here came outfitted with the petrol engine as well as the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and a dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is capable of hitting 60 mph (96 km/h) in a respectable 5.8 seconds according to VW, but Watson was able to record a 0-60 mph time of just 5.2 seconds.