Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has introduced the Volkswagen Passat Trendline Plus and Comfortline Plus – these come with extra kit, all while being significantly cheaper than the standard variants.

The company claims that the added equipment is worth RM8,000 on the Trendline Plus and RM12,000 on the Comfortline Plus. Retail prices start at RM144,990 for the Trendline Plus – a whole RM15,000 lower than the regular Trendline – while the Comfortline Plus is RM10,010 less expensive than the standard Comfortline at RM164,980. Both figures are net prices excluding on-the-road fees such as registration and road tax.

On the Trendline Plus, the 16-inch Aragon alloy wheels are upgraded to the Comfortline’s 17-inch Istanbul rollers, while the Comfortline Plus gets a corresponding bump to 18-inch Monterey ten-spoke alloys (different from the top-spec Highline’s Dartford items). The Trendline Plus also receives leather upholstery, and both cars get window tint as well.

Otherwise, kit count remains identical, with the Trendline Plus receiving halogen reflector headlights, front and rear fog lamps, LED tail lights, push-button start, auto lights/wipers, front and rear parking sensors, Climatronic three-zone auto climate control, manual seats and a Composition infotainment system with a five-inch touchscreen.

The Comfortline Plus adds LED headlights, keyless entry, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory and massage functions, Park Assist, cruise control, paddle shifters, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, a reverse camera and a powered bootlid with handsfree operation. Both models get six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control and a Driver Alert System.

Powering both models is a 1.8 litre turbocharged TSI mill producing 180 PS at 5,100 to 6,200 rpm and 250 Nm from 1,250 to 5,000 rpm, mated to a seven-speed DSG dry dual-clutch transmission.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI Trendline Plus