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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 170 Sport 5dr

    Jules Harbottle Date: 29/12/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    I have owned this car for 10 months and have put 22,000 miles on the clock and so far so good. It drives really well, is comfortable over long journeys and I get about 44 mpg overall (not bad as I drive it pretty hard). I have read all the horror stories about fuel pumps going etc etc and I know I am tempting fate but mine has been perfect.

    The only niggle is a persistent rattle/squeak in the glove box area which drives me mad but it goes on the motorway.

    My 21,000 mile service was only £150 which I thought was pretty good. The local dealer in Bristol could not have been more helpful.

    I was after an Audi A4 but this costs a lot less and has done me proud.

  • 1.9 TDI Highline 5dr

    Tim Hough , cheshire . Date: 15/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Purchased new on 29/09/08 and was the worst descision i've ever made Having thought we'ed out used our 04 Galaxy i persuaded my wife to change to a VW. In the last 8 weeks its had the park assist fail, the passenger door aand vw badge adjusted, the parking brake lock on and wouldn't relaese ans has spent 4 weeks out of 10 in the garage, since having back the heater goes off, the elec mirrors have a mind iof their own and the widows were all down on my return to the car in a car park on saturday. We actually gave up with it last friday and bought a brand new galaxy to get back into our comfort zone. VW dealers, head office and the SMMT are all useless and don't want to know. Good deal on the Galaxy though £19,750 for the 2 litre TDI Ghia, i wish i could say the same for the trade -in.

  • 1.9 TDI S 5dr

    Clive Stewart-Lockhart , Berkshire . Date: 08/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Other than a Chrysler Voyager on which a wheel fell off while driving the whole family, this is the worst cat I have ever owned. I bought the Tdi sport estate and on the first day the bonnet catch handle fell off! The tailgate empties water into the boot area every time it is opened on a wet day. The electronic handbrake is a ridiculous gimmick. The fuel pump broke down stranding me and my family on a country road. Finally the engine has packed up three weeks after the warranty ran out!

    Buyer beware!

  • 2.0 TDI 170 Sport 5dr

    nathan beaver , vale of glamorgan . Date: 23/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43.4

    My car

    I went for the Passat DSG 2 months ago and I am very impressed with it. On the road it is quiet and very stable and even with the sports suspension is still extremely smooth. The auto 'box is what impresses me most though as it changes through the gear gears quickly and fluidly with no judder. My only complaint there is you need to be quite delicate with it in reverse, touch the gas pedal and it jumps back quite quickly.

    It's giving me a good mpg average of 44 overall and about 53 on the motorway, not bad for an auto.

    Inside the dash is laid out very nicely, and with it being second hand (07/57) with 21000 on the clock when I got it I am chuffed to bits that there is not one single rattle, squeak or any other noise that shouldn't be there, it feels like a new car in every way. The boot is the ideal size for 2 larger dogs which is exactly what I needed and space in the back is plentiful. What's more the standard stereo system is pretty good too though I do miss steering wheel mounted controls.

    Overall this is a great car that has that solid VW feel that I have experienced in the past with their cars. It's a relaxing drive especially over the long distances I have to cover. On a separate point it is, I reckon, a much better looking car than the saloon.

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