An estate that is trying hard to convince you that it is not merely a family hauler

Less than a month after the company launched the facelifted version, Volkswagen is all set to launch the sporty variant of the Passat Estate at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Passat Variant R-Line Edition comes with a lot of new goodies and will certainly induce the younger folks’ interest. The company has announced that the R-Line edition will be limited to just 2,000 units!

What Makes the 2020 Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition Special?

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Volkswagen recently said that the Passat is the "most important family car in the world". The fact that the German automaker has sold 30 million units of the same is a testament to that.

Volkswagen even brought the updated Passat sedan to Detroit with a few changes. However, with the dwindling sales of sedans, it seems to be in a precarious situation right now. The Passat has been around for almost half a century and the automaker cannot retire the moniker because the sales are going down. Hence, Volkswagen launched the facelifted version of the Passat Estate in February, and now, it has decided to up the ante by launching the R-Line Edition and stuffing it with plenty of add-ons that are generally optional in the other variants.

The estate will be limited to just 2,000 copies; so that certainly makes it special. The Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition can be had only in the model’s top-spec engines - a 2.0-liter TSI mill that churns out 268 ponies and the 2.0-liter Bi-TDI twin-turbo mill that packs 240 horses. Volkswagen’s patented 4Motion all-wheel-drive system will be available as standard.

The German automaker will be offering the Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition in a new Moonstone Grey shade that is exclusive to the sporty wagon. As is synonymous with any car that is even vaguely close to being ’sport’, this estate also loses out on the chrome bits in favor of black accents for a contrasting effect; the most prominent one being the glossy black roof. The other exterior parts that receive the ’black’ treatment include the roof-edge spoiler, roof rail, and wing mirrors, and the window sills. In the rear, the LED taillights and the rear diffuser have been blackened out as well. The Passat Variant R-Line Edition will ride on 19-inch Pretoria alloys which are also - you guessed it - black in color.

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The interior also carries over the same color theme.

This special edition is offered with R-Line sports seats at the front. The bolstering is wrapped in Carbon leather, whereas the seat center panels are made of Nappa leather. The pedals also receive the special R-Line treatment and are finished in brushed steel. What makes the interior all the more exciting is the new ambient lighting with a wide array of colors. Coupled with the dark theme of the estate, these colors certainly brighten up the cabin. The estate also receives a digital instrument cluster and a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation. It supports Apple CarPlay as well.

In terms of technology, the Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition is offered with a feature known as ’Travel Assist’ that partially assists the driver even at the speeds of 130 mph. All you need to do is keep your hands on the steering wheel and the rest of it will be taken care of by the estate. The system uses the front camera, Front Assist pedestrian monitoring system, Park Assist system, Side Assist lane changing system, and the automatic distance control system to successfully help you with your driving duties. LED Matrix headlights will be standard with this special edition. The Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition also happens to be the first wagon in the company’s stable wherein you can disable the ESC. This means you can take your wagon to the race tracks and extract the best performance and driving experience possible. Now, whether you will take a long-ass wagon to the race track is an entirely different question.


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The price has not been announced yet, but it is likely to be priced in the ballpark of £33,000 (approximately $44,000); marginally higher than the standard Passat estate.

The Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition will be unveiled on March 7 at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, where it will be sharing the space with the concept version of the T-Roc R performance crossover.

Further Reading

2019 Volkswagen Passat Exterior Spyshots
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Read our speculative review on the 2019 Volkswagen Passat.

2016 Volkswagen Passat High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Passat.

2018 Volkswagen Passat GT Exterior
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Under the hood..
There’s a 3.6-liter VR6 V-6

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon.

Countdown to the launch of the extensively upgraded Passat has begun: The update to the Volkswagen bestseller that has sold almost 30 million units over the years, will be unveiled to the public for the first time on 7 March at the Geneva International Motor Show. Volkswagen celebrates the launch with the world premiere of an equally exclusive sporty limited edition: the Passat Variant R-Line Edition. Limited to 2,000 units. All-wheel drive (4MOTION) with optional top-of-the-range engine with 176 kW/240 PS (TDI) or 200 kW/272 PS (TSI). Pre-sales of the limited edition will begin in Europe in May.

The new Passat Variant 4MOTION R-Line Edition configuration comes in a unique design, with the high-tech all-rounder painted in the new “Moonstone Grey” finish. A number of black feature elements have been added to provide contrast, most prominent among them the high-gloss black roof. The roof-edge spoiler, roof rail, and wing mirror caps are also black. The side window frames, rear diffuser, headlight rims and all trim also come in high-gloss black. The dark LED tail lights and high-gloss black 19-inch alloy wheels (“Pretoria” type) have also been consistently integrated into this colour scheme.

Black also dominates the interior. Driver and passengers sit on R-Line sports seats, with seat centre panels covered with fine-quality Nappa leather, and the side bolsters with carbon leather. Pedals are finished in stainless steel (brushed), and the side sills (with R-Line logo) also come in stainless steel. New ambient lighting brings a wide range of colours into play.

The limited edition also features almost all the new technologies on board as standard, including the Digital Cockpit (digital instruments) and the glass-covered 9.2-inch Discover Pro navigation system with integrated SIM card (eSIM) and R-Line start screen. Thanks to the new wireless App Connect, iPhone apps can be wirelessly integrated into the infotainment system via Bluetooth for the first time, using Apple CarPlay.

Another new feature is Travel Assist. This assistance system means that the Passat is one of the first cars worldwide to have partially assisted driving at up to 210 km/h. It allows the Volkswagen to take over steering, braking and acceleration. All the driver needs to do is keep their hands on the steering wheel – the Passat checks that is happening using the brand’s first capacitive multifunction leather steering wheel, which reacts to a gentle touch. Travel Assist is a fusion of the front camera, Front Assist pedestrian monitoring system, Park Assist parking manoeuvre system, Side Assist lane changing system, and the ACC automatic distance control system, into a new, intelligent assistance system.

Other standard equipment includes the new IQ.Light LED Matrix headlight system, the Area View camera system, and the latest version of the DCC adaptive damper control system. The sporty positioning of the launch model – similar to the Golf R and new T-Roc R – is underlined by the “ESC off” function, which is used to disable the electronic stabilisation programme when driving on race tracks.

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