The SE was VW’s best selling Passat variant last year, accounting for over half of the range’s UK sales.
The new permanent addition Highline features a higher level of standard specification than the SE it replaces. The cloth trim is now full Vienna leather upholstery complete with heated front seats, a multifunction steering wheel and a set of four carpet mats.
The Highline also adds 17-inch alloys to the Passat’s standard equipment which includes air conditioning, an eight-speaker stereo system and cruise control.
VW says the combined value of the new equipment totals £2,125, yet the Highline will cost £250 more than the SE.
Highline customers can choose from a .8-litre TSI 158bhp engine or a new 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel.
The new Passat Highline is on sale now in either saloon or estate bodystyles.
Passat Highline saloon prices:
Passat Highline estate