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Petrol power comes to previously diesel-only VW Passat

Volkswagen Passat, now with petrol engines

In news that will hardly raise your pulse, Volkswagen has added some new petrol engines to its line-up.

The significance of the move, however, is that it indicates both the rising popularity of petrol as well as the declining fortunes of diesel - something Volkswagen has been centrally involved in...

Thus far, unless you spent big money on the hybrid version, diesel has been the only fuel you can put into a Passat.

Four petrols can now be ordered: 1.4-litres with either 123bhp or 148bhp; a 1.8-litre with 178bhp and a 2.0-litre with 217bhp.

Passat saloon prices start at £21,610 for a 1.4-litre S with a six-speed manual gearbox and stretch to £32,655 for a 2.0-litre R-Line with a six-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox.

Choosing an estate body on your Passat adds £1,600.

Meanwhile, the availability of petrol engines in the Tiguan SUV has widened. The details are too dull to repeat here.

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