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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

    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!

  • 2.0 FSI SE 5dr

    John Golding Date: 27/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 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

    My car

    For me a luxury car starts with the quality of the seating, and in this area the car fails miserably. I have had back pain since getting the car in December and Volkswagen say that as the seat is not faulty there is nothing they can do.

    I am a larger than average person (6ft 4in tall and 22 stone) and the seat is totally inadequate, unlike the Saab I had previously. Even my wife who is average size found the seats uncomfortable on a long run. 0/10 for the seats.

    The performance of the car is actually quite good. I have a 2.0-litre diesel automatic and it is excellent. It's fast when I need it and economical on long runs. My combined town and motorway figure is 45mpg and I can get over 55mpg on long runs.

    The electronic brake takes some getting used to and the parking aid is a bit tempremental, otherwise it's quite good, although not as stable as my Saab was. I felt much safer before. One last issue. I have an estate, which suggests I might want to put things in the back. The first time I did it, I damaged the bumper because, although there is a raised lip to run things on, if there is any overhang there is instant damage. Volkswagen must be aware of this issue because they supply a plastic bumper guard which I only found out about later. If it needs it, why not fit it as standard?

    In conclusion, it's a good car let down by poor seats and attention to detail. It's not a luxury car as claimed.

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