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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 140 Sport 5dr

    Guy Fairbairn , Cambs . Date: 19/05/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I ordered my Passat to replace a BMW 320d Tourer which was just too small for all the baby bits! I chose the 140PS engine, as I couldn't see any great advantage over the 170PS, and the DSG 'box, which is very smooth. Overall I like the car. The space inside is great & it's very easy to drive & seats are comfortable. I find the steering to be very light & with little feel however. Some of the trim is pretty poor (eg door bin plastic)& despite dealer trying to fix the glovebox rattle I find a piece of cardboard has resolved! I have had the car 8 months now & covered 31,000miles. Predictive servicing is good (21k before needed 1st service) & I am only now changing the front tyres which is excelent. It does like to drink oil (5k per litre) however. I average 40mpg, but it gets driven quite hard. Would probably have another but with some extras. My model misses out on criuse control & parking sensors would be handy - recommend the extra to get the leather trim, as it looks good & is so easy to keep claen, especialy with a young family!

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Terry Barber , lancashire . Date: 20/04/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Test drove the estate and was quite happy with it overall. Tried to burn out the clutch a few times with the handbrake appling it's self all on it's own? Steering a bit heavy and well that about it for the gripes. Seat, peddles, s/wheel switches all OK. The engine is sweet and revs all the way round. I wrote about the Mondeo and which one i was going to order. Well it's the passat sallon in the Highline trim, company don't have the estate in the list but thats the one i would choose.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 5dr

    Antony Bond , herts . Date: 27/03/2008
    • 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

    Mine is on a 56 plate and 25,000 miles. I would say it is a very poor replacement for the previous model Passat (03) which I found to be virtually "bomb-proof". Nice looking and not bad to drive, but it is let down badly by the use of poor quality materials, design faults and from what I am now reading, poor quality components.

    The interior rattles like a bag of spanners, with dash, glove box, door pillars and now the head-lining all adding to the overall effect. My dealer has tried to fix these faults a number of times, but now say VW have stopped covering rattles after 6 months! Nice.

    Front wheels re-aligned twice, but steering is still vague especially in a straight line. Air-Bag and Steering lock faults and now the vehicle is booked in for the infamous fuel pump fault as well as a suspected rear wheel bearing fault. It also drinks oil!

    I am driven mad by design faults such as: - Water running straight into the boot when you open the tailgate, and the same off the roof onto the rear seats. Drivers door bin that grabs your wrist if you need to get something out of it (Don’t use it whilst driving!). None of the 12v sockets work with the ignition off. VW are still using those daft rubber windscreen wipers that hop across the screen leaving an un-wiped area right in your line of sight. And what clever clog decided to fit such a large car with a single woefully dim reversing light?

    I expected a much better car and won't be replacing it with another Passat.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 S 5dr

    Matt Jones Date: 25/03/2008
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Like many, we have been disappointed by poor build quality, particularly around the squeaky, rattling cabin. Also wanted to second the creaking front suspension problem, which seems to be worse when the car is cold. Solution not yet forthcoming.

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