2019 Volkswagen Passat gets improved tech and infotainment

Russell Campbell
February 06, 2019

Official information has been revealed on the faclifted 2019 Volkswagen Passat. It gets a raft of new self-drive technology, improved infotainment and a GTE hybrid model with an increased all-electric range. Read on for all the info you need to know.

While it might not look like it, this is the new 2019 Volkswagen Passat (shown here in Alltack specification) – heavily revised rather than an all-new car, it gets a number of changes that’ll make it easier to live with every day.

One of the main updates is the car’s new autonomous driving mode called Travel Assist. It means that the new Passat is the first VW capable of partially automated driving – it can brake, accelerate and steer itself – in heavy traffic and on a clear motorway at speeds of up to 130mph – best to take VW’s word for it on that latter point. That combines with the new Emergency Steering Assist that brakes one side of the car to help you steer around a looming collision in an emergency. And you can also now have matrix LED headlights with a powerful beam that you can use on full power without blinding other road users.

Infotainment is another area that’s seen improvements so you can now connect Apple Carplay wirelessly through your iPhone and the car also comes fitted with its own sim card for connected services such as live traffic updates, cloud-based music playback and means other people can open and drive the Passat simply by using an app on their smartphone.

The 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle – VW calls it the Active Info Display – is another area that’s been refreshed. It gets better graphics and three new display configurations, and you can control it via new capacitive steering wheel buttons that offer different functions depending on how hard you press them.

In terms of technical changes, all models – petrol and diesel – now come with a particulate filter that means they already pass 2021 emissions standards and the GTE hybird model has also been revised. It gets a ‘considerably extended electric range’ of just three miles – or 34 in total.

The new Passat makes its public debut at the Geneva motor show – for that and all the other news from Switzerland, sign up to the carwow newsletter at the top of your screen.