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New VW Passat GTE goes on sale in Ireland

The new Volkswagen Passat GTE has gone on sale in Ireland, starting from €42,495.

It has a 156hp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an 85 kW / 115 hp electric motor, which offers a combined 218 hp and 440 Nm of torque with combined CO2 emissions of just 29g/km.

Volkswagen says the car’s 13kW battery now has 31 per cent more capacity than the previous model, allowing a fully electric, emission-free range of up to 56km (measured under WLTP) when driving in electric mode.

The new Passat GTE qualifies for government incentives of €7,500 (€5,000 SEAT grant and €2,500 VRT rebate), which brings the price of the Passat GTE saloon down to €42,495 and the Estate model to €44,595. It’s also available from €439 with 3.9 per cent APR PCP finance.

Commenting on the new model, Volkswagen’s head of marketing Mark McGrath said: “This revised Passat GTE offers customers who want the best of both worlds the chance to drive a car that can be zero-emissions for up to 56km yet can also offer the long-range benefits of a plug-in hybrid.

“This now comes as a price which is comparable to a 2.0-litre TDI DSG Diesel Passat, making it a viable alternative to anyone wanting to move to an electrified vehicle in 2020.”