Volkswagen Passat 2015The all-new 2015 Volkswagen Passat will cost from £22,215 and VW dealers will start taking new car orders from 7 October, for first UK deliveries from January 2015.

The new eighth-generation Passat is offered in four-door saloon and estate guise, and will only be available with diesel engines at launch: it will come in 1.6-litre TDI 120, 2.0-litre TDI 150, 2.0-litre TDI 190 and 2.0-litre TDI bi-turbo 240 guise – the latter has standard four-wheel drive and DSG.

The new Passat is up to 14% more efficient than the old one, although it’s a pity no diesel models currently emit less than 100g/km CO2 – the entry-level 1.6 TDI 120 S gets closest at 106g/km CO2. Luckily, a 78mpg, 95g/km CO2 Passat Bluemotion arrives in June 2015; the four-wheel-drive Alltrack estate comes in July 2015 and Volkswagen will also finally launch two petrol models in autumn 2015 – the 1.4 TSI and petrol-electric hybrid Passat GTE.

Trims will comprise the familiar five-strong range of S, SE, SE Business, GT and R-Line – and every Passat will be fitted with a post-collision braking system and a gadget that stops mis-fuelling (although as every engine is diesel, the risk of this may be less than Volkswagen expects…). Choose SE and above to get standard adaptive cruise control, all-round parking sensors and, for fleet-friendly SE Business and above, standard sat nav.

The GT has heated Alcantara seats, three-zone climate control (those in the back get their own electronic console) and chunky 18-inch alloys, while R-Line gets some sporty body features befitting of its range-topping status.

Volkswagen says the new Passat will come with some high tech options, such as online traffic data and news updates, auto stop-start AND steering in traffic courtesy of the Traffic Jam Assist autonomous driving feature and, again later in 2015, a full-width 12.3-inch TFT digital instrument pack display.

News of the new Passat prices came on the same day Ford revealed prices of its arch rival, the new Mondeo. So how do they compare? Well, the Mondeo currently has the advantage, with sub-100g/km CO2 diesels and prices starting from £20,795. Will this remain once we drive them, though? Find out soon when Motoring Research drives them both.