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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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80 reader reviews for Volkswagen Passat Estate.
  • 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

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Charles Beaumont , Down . Date: 24/04/2006
    • 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 had the car for three months now and have had several problems with it. I would call them teething problems. They have all been fixed by the local dealer which I find is very good indeed.

    The dealer ensures I get a loan car of the same standard or better. Despite these problems I would strongly recommend the car to anyone - it's great to drive, very comfortable and looks good.

    I drove the 1.9 TDi 105bhp estate and I would stay away from it as I feel it is underpowered. So if you are in the market for a stylish estate I would say go for the Passat, and if you live in Northern Ireland, I would recommend Philips VW in Lisburn!

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    geoff dickens , northants . Date: 14/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My previous car was a 02 plate 130tdi passat estate with the tiptronic box ,a very good car,Oh how I wish I still had it.I collected my 06 2.0 TDI 140bhp SE passat estate with the dsg box at 10.00 am on the first of March.By 10.20 I began to hate this car! I got out of the car to see if it had square wheels or any transport blocks still in the suspension because I was being shaken around so much.Setting off quickly there was a lot of noise which I realised was the thing called the engine,once you got moving the road noise drowned this out.Now on to the widely acclaimed DSG gearbox- The only good thing I can say is that on the road you can not feel it change gear.This is a car reported to be improved on the old model I have taken the car back to the dealer and they have checked that it has the right springs and shock absorbers and put a report to VW who have told them they have no other complaints{which I cannot believe) about the ride and noise .I am now waiting to test drive a similar vehicle. what do I think of it so far-RUBBISH

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    john wright Date: 08/04/2006
    • 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

    My car

    I have the 2.0 SE TDi 140 DSG which, after 700 miles, is really starting to perk up as the engine loosens up. I tried desparately to get the 170bhp version, but VW seem to put the UK bottom of the list for supply as usual for new popular products.

    The car has been fantastic, as I ordered the DSG solely on its impeccable write-ups and was not disappointed. The car is like sitting in a sumptuous armchair with only the need to press one pedal in order to move with haste. It is a delightful car and I don't think the autohold option is a gimmick, especially if you live in congested areas with stop-start traffic (other reviews have not been impressed).

    I don't like spending much money on cars but if one can find a decent discount on this one then it's the best of the bunch. Best of luck!

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