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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.
  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    peter baker , . Date: 01/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What a disappointment. After two very good Golf MkVs, I bought a Passat 140 TDI estate.

    It has a rotten engine and poor fuel economy (33-35), despite being driven carefully. The engine stalls and feels gutless between 1000-2000 rpm. The exhaust gas recirculation was reprogrammed by mobile technician - it's now even worse.

    The long-term prospects are not good. Why did I bother?

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Ian Carlile , Essex . Date: 06/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I agree with the comments already submitted, I am also experiencing various rattles some from the door pillars where no fix, according to my VW dealer, has as yet been determined as by the manufacturer. So we can all just wait!

    I have found a particularly noisy rattle coming from the hi-tec 'glasses holder' near the rear view mirror. I'm going to try blue tack on this one & will of course inform VW if this fix works. One further bit of information you may wish to know before you buy. VW handbook tips & maintainance page 52 states 'oil consumption can be up to 1.0 litre/1000 km. Did you know that before you purchased?

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    stuart beard , RCT . Date: 12/05/2006
    • 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

    I am now 3500 miles into owning this car and I am still impressed. Its quite to drive, the stereo is very good. The car drive well, though is sluggish through the first couple of thousand revs.

    The a comfortable and the adjustable lumber is a nice idea. Though why not a fully electric seat. The dual zone climate control can be a bit hit and miss, if the two desired temp are too far apart then on the central vent it does tend to 'bleed' a bit, bu this is minor gripping for what is overall a very good car.

    I had as an extra the handsfree blur tooth unit, which is superb for clarity of conversation, has very good voice recognition for frequently dailled numbers and uses the phone book from your phone on its central display, the key pad folds away neatly. Overall far better than a cradle.

    I am still to get the advertised 50mpg but when on cruise control on long journeys can get 45-48mpg so I can't complian.

    Overall this a very good car and the boot space is impressive as is the leg room in the cabin both for passenger and driver. I test drove an Accord, 407, Audi A4 and Volvo s40 and none of them compare on quality, extras and value for money

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    nigel kemp , suffolk . Date: 06/05/2006
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned the 140bhp diesel dsg auto for about a month now. Having sold my remarkable vauxhall omega with it's quietness and comfort, the Passat has a lot to live up to! It looks good in metallic black. Bodywork is solid and the car feels safe and secure on the road. The seats are comfortable but I get an aching right leg from the angle of the accelerator pedal. The dsg gearbox is very smooth; changes up and down the gears are smooth. I have been trying out the 'tiptronic' manual changes and they are even quicker!

    Economy is a little disappointing at the moment (41mpg on mixed runs) but as the car has only done 400 miles, it wiull probably be more economical when the engine beds in. Despite the reviews about the quality of the interior trim, I feel that some switchgear and plastics used are of a lower quality than my trusted omega.

    However, I feel I will grow to love this car. It has attracted a lot of attention from the public - it looks like the one on the advert!

    I would recommend it as a change from a Mondeo or a Vectra

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