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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 FSI SE 5dr

    mushtaque ali Date: 01/06/2011
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      25

    My car

    I bought this car only a few months ago and it is pretty poor. The fuel consumption is my main complaint as it never seems to be any better than 25 mpg which is awful. The next issue is the engine which moans and groans constantly as it is clearly underpowered. I can't wait to be rid of this bit of junk.

  • 1.9 TDI S 5dr

    Philip Arkwright , Herts . Date: 10/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Have had so many faults with this car from new, they are as follows .Came without the cruise control fitted as ordered ·Left hand panel on the centre console has come loose on 2 occasions. ·Numerous creaks, rattles and squeaks, including one from the driver’s side ‘B’ pillar that has necessitated around 10 trips to the garage. Still occasionally squeaks and rattles now. ·Unable to set the cruise control on several occasions. ·Noise on driving from within dashboard, increased with speed and burning smell. ·Bluetooth kept cutting out. ·Car has cut out twice while slowing down from speed for a junction – fuel pump replaced as a ‘precaution’. ·Heating not keeping heat on long journeys – no fault found – not fixed. ·‘Crunching on selecting 2nd gear. ·Car failed to start several times ·Handbrake not coming of automatically when pulling away. ·Handbrake failed a week after being told there was no fault with it – handbrake got stuck on after taking my daughter to A&E, car was stuck o/s A&E for ½ hour. ·Unable to open front passenger door. ·Drivers seat belt would not do up. Brought a VW for the build quality, WONT be buying another. Dealer I bought car from was less than helpful, ignored me when I said I wanted to reject the car after about 6 weeks, when I complained about their service the manager told me there were other dealers. Am now getting rid of it for as S-Max.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 5dr

    William Young , Argyll . Date: 04/02/2009
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47.6

    My car

    A good car with few niggles

  • 1.9 TDI Highline 5dr

    Robert Booth , Lancs . Date: 13/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    If you live anywhere it snows, don't bother buying this car or buy the car and get some winter wheels for it. It grinds to a stop on the slighest snowy (<2cm deep) incline (not hill!) and refuses to go anywhere, never mind ESP and the rest. It is without a doubt the worst car I have ever driven in the snow (but has good grip in the dry and is ok in the wet) but I feel the problem is down to the tyres. The car itself is good, the cabin feels well made and dispite the controls for some of the equipment (esp and auto hold buttons are located on the far side of the gear stick) and the radio all being on the wrong side (eg you have to reach across to the far side to change tracks or turn it on) it is generally a nice place to be. The heated windscreen/washer jets are brilliant and well worth the extra £95. The electronic handbrake is a bind and does have a nasty habit of either a) not working or b) not releasing - I would gladly see a less 'futuristic' system. The car cruises well at motorway speeds and eats the miles. Would I have another - unfortunately no, simply because of the winter traction and handbrake problems.

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