Our cars: Volkswagen Passat Estate - February

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Volkswagen Passat Estate
Volkswagen Passat Estate
Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 140 Bluemotion Technology SE

Week ending February 24
Mileage 12866
Driven this week 275 miles

VW Passat review

After praising the Passat for the past couple of weeks, it's about time for a niggle – the car's radio. You can't always hear it when you start up the Passat. The radio is on – you can see all the pre-set channels – and the volume is up, but there's nothing coming out of the speakers. I have to change station before I get to hear anything then flick back to the channel I actually want to listen to. Frustrating.


Week ending February 17
Mileage: 12,591
Driven this week 1100 miles

VW Passat review

I borrowed the Volkswagen Passat estate to take my family on long weekend down to Cornwall and a fine job it did too. It's great just to chuck stuff into a boot, rather than have to stow everything carefully, making use of every centilitre of sapce as you do when filling up a hatch or saloon.

We got pretty close to the car's average fuel economy too. For our 500-mile round trip the car averaged 55mpg (compared with an official average of 61.4mpg). Travelling with a couple of ankle biters in the back promotes a steady, unrushed and economical driving style anyway, but then on an adults-only cross-London commute the car averaged 48mpg, which I thought was equally impressive.


Week ending February 3
Mileage: 11,504
Driven this week 553 miles

Who needs a removal van when you have a Passat Estate? I found out this weekend when I borrowed ours, to lug all my worldly goods across London.

The Passat proved a real workhorse and its boot (1731 litres with the rear seats folded flat) seemed cavernous. Loading and unloading wasn’t back-breaking either, thanks to the lipless boot.

It was much more comfortable than a ride in a van, too, with heated seats more voracious even than my Astra GTC’s, as well as digital radio, iPod port, Bluetooth and air-con.

Most impressive was the fuel economy – the Passat is a big, solid beast and, even though it was loaded to the max over about 300 miles, it got through less than half a tank of diesel.

I’ll take the Passat and the £40 or so I spent on fuel over the £300 cost of hiring a van any day.

VW Passat review

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