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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.
  • 1.9 TDI SE 5dr

    Witold Kujawski , Somerset . Date: 28/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    I've got a Passat Estate 1.9 TDI SE for a little over than a year. I've done 64000 miles so far without special problems. There are some issues, though - first - it's burns oil - a lot of it, but VW dealer says it's 'fine' - according to them it can use up to 1 liter per 650 miles! That's just silly! Second - it's underpowered, third - it's OK to drive, but comparing to a Mondeo it's just BORING. Fourth - electric handbrake - NO, NO, NO - it's waste of time - it takes about 1.5 sec to engage and another 1.5 to disengage. I gotta try Audi A4 nest time.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 5dr

    Philip Darlington Date: 18/06/2008
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    TDI 140 sport estate

    Bought car 2 ½ years ago and have covered 25000 miles. Has been back to garage probably 10 times for rattles, broken bits etc. List includes:

    Replacement Radio Replacement speaker Replacement boot lock Replacement rear wiper motor/assembly Replacement Instrument panel Numerous rattles; Passenger airbag loose, radio loose, rattles in dash, in B Pillar, doors, I think the service department just gave up in the end since they no longer claim to be able to hear them.

    Without the problems I would love this car. It pulls well, has bags of space and feels solid on the road. Handling is firm and precise and it’s great when loaded up with the family and camping gear. Unfortunately it has too many faults and also eats front tyres. Now on third set of Continentals on the front, second on rear and at £120 each (£720 total) that’s a lot of rubber in 25k miles.

    I’ve yet to suffer the fuel pump problem and just hope it gets recalled before it breaks down.

    Having owned several VWs before this has been a real let down. My previous Alfa Romeo was more reliable so that’s saying something! Would I recommend one? No.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Shane Bibby , Angus . Date: 28/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I Have owned a Passat Est 2TDI 140 for 2 months now and to date have found it brilliant. I opted for one with front / rear sensors which are worth their weight in gold. Have had no problems with Elec Parking break but can say in hilly areas the Auto Hold Function is a must. Have taken the car from Scotland to London and back, I found its ride and economy excellent. The space inside for front and rear passengers is very good. The Cruise Control is very good, simple and easy to use just wish I had one before. My previous car was a Citroen C5 SX Hdi a car I really enjoyed, I was a little concerned that on a long run the Passat would not be as comfortable a ride as the C5. The Passat beat the C5 hands down in all aspects. I travel 25 Miles to work every day and find the economy with the 6th gear superior to my C5. My only gripe and a small one is that why after producing such a fine car use cheap plastic's on things such as the overhead sunglasses holder which feels as if it might break at any time.

    My opinion overall to date however is that this is a excellent roomy car, very economic for its size with a brilliant ride.

  • 2.0 TDI 170 SEL 5dr

    Mike Scollick , South Yorks . Date: 20/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had the 170 SEL DSG estate for around five months now and have done 15,000 miles.

    I moved from a 130bhp diesel Ford Mondeo estate. Having driven this for a while, I would go back to a Mondeo any day. The VW is a much less enjoyable drive. I wouldn't trust the VW in the same way as I did the Mondeo on fast corners.

    From the outset I noticed a number of rattles at the front of the cabin. The electronic hand-brake is okay apart from the odd occasion when it doesn't release automatically when driving off.

    The hill hold button is to the left of the gear selector (causing you to crane your neck each time you want to see it). Sometimes the hill hold still allows some roll-back (I would much prefer a manual handbrake).

    The DSG box is very smooth apart from when starting from stationary. When creeping forward in slow traffic, the whole car learches with the rotation of the engine until such time as there is speed enough for it to go into 2nd gear.

    Sometimes when starting on a hill (or having to shift quickly at a Milton Keynes roundabout), the car can start to kangaroo as it struggles to bite. There is no smooth transition when engaging 1st.

    I can't complain about the fuel economy (I even got it to 60mpg once on a long run to Scotland and back); normally, it manages around 50mpg on motorways and low- to mid-40s on A-roads. It drinks oil, though.

    It's a large car with plenty of space for the kids and camping gear. However, I won't be considering one of

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