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Overall reader verdict 3 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
    3 out of 5 stars

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79 reader reviews for Volkswagen Passat Estate.
  • 2.0TDI BlumotionTech Highline+ 5dr

    Ravi Coppisetty , fife . Date: 19/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    Just wow and amazing giving me around 48 -50 in town and around 55 in motorways @70mph recently got in -oct 2013 comfortable seats. big boot, lovely for a family with kids i would recommed this car

  • 1.9 TDI SE 5dr

    Ed Bevington , . Date: 05/07/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    I've owned this car for just over a year and have done over 30k miles in this time taking total mileage to over 80k. So far no problems and the car is running like a gem. The only issue is this engine isn't particularly fast off the mark and I wish I'd opted for the 2.0 litre. However it has good pulling power once you get going and is a comfortable car for long journeys. The boot space is perfect having a dog and young child having considered 3 series touring and a3 avant which both have smaller boots.

    My last car was a company car - 2011 model passat sport 2.0litre tdi. This car even though is very similar to drive has been improved and refined in comparison eg. Parking brake is much easier to use, driving controls such as indicator and light lever don't clunk when used and generally the dashboard has been improved to make it feel like a prestige car.

    I can't compare my experiences to some of the other reviews as in my option this car is great (perhaps I've been lucky).

    My next car will definitely be another passat estate

  • 1.9 TDI S 5dr

    Simon Nock , West Sussex . Date: 09/11/2012
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I have driven my Passat for over 100,000 miles and here are some of the pros and cons. Pros: It's a good looking car. It's fuel economy is good....averaging around 45mpg. Best tankfull- 55mpg, worst- 41mpg, giving me a generous range of 650-700 miles. The build quality is as good as you should expect from a VW, the interior is hard wearing without being pretty, but then Germans do practical not pretty, which is what I wanted from this car. All in all I would say a very practical car that fits my needs well.

    Cons: Beware, when it goes wrong it's expensive. The unnecessary electronic handbrake would have cost me £700+ to fix at a dealer, a faulty ECU cost me £1500 and 11 days off the road, a fault with the electronic ingnition would have cost me £800+ to fix at a dealer. The ignition fault has had a recall in the USA but here VW refuse to admit that there's an issue! Even though the car cuts out whilst driving. If you search the VW forums you will find hundreds of similar cases relating to this issue but VW UK still buries it's head in the sand. When I called VW UK I was told because our safety laws differ from those in the USA, VW UK will not issue a recall for this fault.

    VW really needs to be careful on this issue, because it's famous build quality reputation is being eroded by the faults on this model.

    In conclusion- don't expect trouble free motoring, it'll cost you.

  • 1.9 TDI SE 5dr

    Mark Wilkin , . Date: 09/10/2012
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    I ran this car for 4 years covering around 100k from a starting mileage of 13k. The best thing was the engine which although noisy and unrefined was reliable & returned consistently good MPG. The worst things were constant problems with uneven & early tyre wear (despite multiple 4 wheel alignment visits to VW & tyre centres) and the utterly useless servo parking brake which failed to auto release 25% of the time and would auto release when in neutral! After 100k the suspension was worn and the paintwork was lifting in several places. Had problems with airbag fault, diesel pump,rear washer pump, front wheel bearing failure & door handle falling off which were all fixed under warranty. The brakes are good but the handling & performance aren't great, as one would expect for a 1.9 diesel estate. This is not a car that you like - its the economics that make sense, but after 4 years and rust starting to appear I was glad to sell it on and look for something quieter, more comfortable & with better performance.

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