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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 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.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 5dr

    Stuart Barratt Date: 20/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had the car since mid December and overall I am very pleased with it, although there are some very annoying rattles from around the glove box, which is worse from cold and then seems to quieten down once the car warmed up, and a constant buzz from above the front passenger window. I haven't been able to track the root causes yet.

    I had the previous Passat Sport for five years with no problems. The ride, handling and comfort is better on the new car, but the quality of the interior materials is lower.

    The car had a failure of the airbag control unit on the second day, which took several weeks and several visits to the dealer (changing a sensor had no effect) until the factory admitted there was a problem.

    An annoying design problem occurs in wet weather - when you lift the back door, it allows dirty water to run into the car, which comes from the chrome trim on the lower edge of the door.

    I wanted a DSG gearbox, having had an automatic for many years, but I had to have a manual owing to supply difficulties. However, apart from poor engine start off-power the manual is very slick.

    Overall fuel consumption is 40.8mpg over 3600 miles.

    Like others, I would not choose the electric handbrake, which slows down hill starts and slows manoeuvring on slopes.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Kevin Whitman , Norfolk . Date: 01/03/2006
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I took delivery of this car at the start of the year, and overall I am a little disappointed.

    Once up and running in high gears, the car is fine, but starting off at low speeds, the general clutch/accelerator synchronisation is awful. I have stalled this car more times than all my previous cars put together.

    I thought at first it was the new electronic parking brake, which takes some getting used to (especially on hills) but I am now convinced it is just poorly engineered.

    I have reviewed this with the garage but they say nothing is wrong with it. I had a new 2.2-litre diesel Honda Accord as a company car last year and my wife currently owns a new Honda CR-V with the same engine, and what a difference. They are a delight to drive!

    The positives with the new Passat are its looks, it is comfortable, has a good general layout inside with plenty of room and an excellent stereo. It also hugs the road well and feels stable, but you have to take the hit on fuel consumption when compared with the Accord.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Andrew Bourne , Essex . Date: 18/02/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have the Passat Estate as a company car and chose it because of its value and looks. This is my first diesel.

    On the road: At low revs it can wallow before the turbo kicks in. At medium and higher revs the power is good and when cruising it is quiet and relaxing with the 6th gear. Handling is fine but it is a big car. Early on I found the Electronic Handbrake hard to use - it can seem to 'lock' requiring you to depress the footbrake (not much fun on a hill start). I got used to it now but wonder if this will become an option in time.

    In the cabin. My SE has some added extras like leather upholstry, rain sensing wipers, parking sensors, etc. The features are good and the car is comfortable for driver and passengers. The styling is modern with red and blue instrument lights. As an estate, the seats fold flat without too much trouble and luggage rails help to secure loads with the optional fixings. It's been fine as a load hauler, although the ceiling height drops off to the rear to give it racier lines. Ownership: Fuel exonomy has been good (well in excess of 40mpg over a mix of road use). Company car tax is reasonable.

    Overall I'm happy. I worried at first about the electronic handbrake, but having overcome this everything else has met my expectations. I would say definitely consider the Passat.

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