The Highline, which replaces the top-selling SE model, adds a touchscreen sat-nav unit, front and rear parking sensors, 2Zone climate control and 17-inch Sao Paolo alloy wheels to SE spec.
Together they add PS1,680 worth of value while commanding a premium of only PS500 over the SE, with prices starting at PS20,970 for the 1.4-litre TSI 122ps variant.
Both the Passat and its estate sibling include safety and comfort options like a driver alert system that monitors for signs of fatigue, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth, while the Passat Highline also features cruise control, a flat tyre indicator, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a six-way electrically adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support.
The RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation system, previously a PS750 option, includes a full-colour screen and traffic monitoring.
As with all media systems in the Passat, it also has a multi-device interface to allow connection of MP3 players and iPods.
Front and rear parking sensors, previously PS430, offer both an audible and visual guide and also mean that Volkswagen's park assist system, which allows the Passat to park itself in spaces parallel or perpendicular to the road, is now available as a PS195 option.
Highline models are available with a range of engines, including 1.4-litre TSI 122ps and 1.8-litre TSI 160ps petrol units, and 1.6-litre TDI 105ps and 2.0-litre TDI 140ps diesels. Gearboxes include five and six-speed manuals and six and seven-speed DSG units.
By MIKE TORPEY Motors Correspondent | UPMARKET: The Volkswagen Passat Highline