An all-new 8th generation of the Volkswagen Passat arrives in January. Bringing new levels of refinement and spaciousness to a car that has sold 22 million units since its launch, it also features new levels of safety equipment making the Passat easier and safer to drive than ever before. Among them is a feature that will have strong appeal for anyone towing caravans or trailers – Trailer Assist.
A first from a car manufacturer, Trailer Assist is an assistance system that makes manoeuvring a trailer easier by automatically controlling lateral guidance of the car and trailer combination. It works by using cameras, the mirror adjustment switch and a display between the rev counter and speedometer to manually plot the direction to reverse.
We tried out Trailer Assist at the new Passat’s international launch in Sardinia, and while it takes a certain amount of familiarisation to avoid having to continually stop and readjust the angles, there’s no doubt that it can be a signifiant help in reversing into awkward places.