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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 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.

  • 2.0 TDI 170 SEL 5dr

    Terry Carter , Somerset . Date: 28/10/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought 2.0 l 170 TDi SEL DSG estate in July. Good deal as it was a pack car ie what you saw was what you got. No faults on delivery. Have now covered 7000 miles including 2500 towing caravan. No rattles, very comfortable and roomy. Minimal oil consumption. Only fault so far was outside temperature sensor under-read when in hot climate :- new sensor fitted by very helpful main dealer. Lovely car to drive and be in. Very glad I bought it.

  • 2.0 TDI 170 Sport 5dr

    Steven Plaistowe Date: 19/10/2008
    • 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
      48

    My car

    Update from my entry in December.

    Now have 13k on the clock and four months in. Engine getting better, pull is very strong, economy averaging high 40's (given I don't hang about I'm pleased with this). However, two faults have now occured.....offside rear caliper moter seized on one morning just after Crimbo, which meant car had to be collected by VW Roadside Assistance (who were very good), a bit surprising and not welcome. Other fault is a niggling rattle in the offside B-pillar at head height - a minor but irritating noise!

    Apart from that, tyre wear seems fine - approx 4mm left on the fronts, rears not far off new. Only other thing that winds me up is the small washer bottle - given the winter weather and motorway journeys it can be easy to go through a bottle in 2 days max!

    Overall though, a great car and well worth the £7k+ saving versus the equivalent A4.

  • 2.0 TDI CR 140 Highline 5dr

    Jason Whitehead , North Yorkshire . Date: 03/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      51

    My car

    I have owned my Passat from new since the beginning of August 2008. Prior to this I have owned a Mondeo (nearly new) and a Nissan Primera (from new).

    Firstly I must say that the Passat is in a different class to the other 2. As a total package it certainly feels like a premium product in comparison. I do around 30,000 miles per annum so I always tend to go for diesels and this new common-rail engine is so refined compared to the previous cars I owned and the Golf hire car that I had for a month before getting the Passat. The Golf had the PD diesel engine in it which was ok but very loud. This new one is almost silent in comparison both inside and outside the car.

    By far the best thing for me with this car is the fuel economy. I was getting used to manufacturers overstating their combined figures by about 6-7 mpg (my 2.2 diesel Mondeo averaged 43mpg (manufacturer stated 48 and my 2.2 Primera averaged 41mpg compared to an official 48mpg). I am averaging 51 (manual calculations) with the Passat compared to the 47.9 official figure. I even got 54mpg on a trip to Longleat from York with a fully laden car (4 people and luggage).

    Will I buy another one (I change every year)? Yes, it will be either a Passat or an A4 next time, as long as it has this new common-rail diesel engine in it.

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