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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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33 reader reviews for Volkswagen Passat Estate.
  • 1.9 TDI PD Highline 5dr

    martyn dickinson Date: 12/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Very well built car except that all units I have driven in have an annoying knock from the nearside suspension / shockers. This is more evident on rough surfaces. Economical beyond belief, punchy engine that pulls well although standing or roling start needs good clutch control as power comes on very quickly through rev. range. Tends to roll a little in cornering but still holds road well. Instrumentation very clear and steering wheel-mounted controls make life very easy. Alarms for low washer fluid, low fuel, low temperature cause the heart to miss a beat if you are not familiar and do not expect them. Lovely finish but mine has a loose gearlever head that causes a vibration throughout the dashboard and is really evident when power coming on and air is cold. Loads of carrying space, special kiddy seats a huge hit. Great car - but never perfect. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants comfortable, economical and resilient motoring.

  • 1.9 TDI PD Highline 5dr

    ian hines , suffolk . Date: 24/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have the automatic version and although I would expect reduced fuel consumpsion 28mph-30mph I feel is unacceptable, this is general mixed driving and I dont have a heavy right foot! Also the engine is very noisy compared to some others I've driven.

    The steering has a poor turning circle. Build quality is solid.

    Remembering to blip the key fob twice to open ALL doors can be a pain.

    The seat base depth could be longer as at 6' 1" I find under thigh support is lacking.

  • 1.9 TDI PD Highline 5dr

    Jim Howatson , Ayrshire . Date: 15/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Good build quality very relaible and excellent fuel consumption on mainly motorway driving.

  • 1.9 TDI PD Highline 5dr

    trevor gordon , west yorkshire . Date: 11/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this from brand new (2004 plate) up to present I have had no faults at all.

    The ride is very comfotable on all road surfaces. No problems with the dealer either. The servicing costs have been quite easy on the pocket too.

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