I have driven two variants - the SE and Sport 128bhp diesels. I have owned the Sport 128bhp for nearly three years and I have enjoyed driving the car. It has few faults other than the cost of services from the Volkswagen main dealers. It is a nice safe car to drive. The SE was written off on the M25 over three years ago, with the driver (not me, thankfully) walking out of the car with only scratches from a 70mph crash.
The Sport is just that bit better and drives very well for a car that is used around town with a long run every few months. It has been to the south of France twice and gets you there fast, in comfort and loves those French motorways. The big selling point is the fuel ecomomy where you get around 46-47mpg on the open road and better than 30mpg on a very aggressive town drive.
It's not a performance car, but it has a good kick low down for getting away from lights and for joining motorways and can described as fun and safe. If you have a family, look at the boot - it's massive, and it appears to be able to carry a full boot with wine and three people without much extra effort.
I will not be selling mine for a while. Buy one new and enjoy haggling at least a 10% discount off the asking price. Just remember the servicing costs though!
Had this car for almost 12 months without any problems. Good smooth ride with more, reasonable fuel consumption for a largish car and more than adequate handling unless you want to go down country roads like "a bat out of hell". Service costs reasonable for a franchise dealer and mine I've found to be brilliant. Inside excellent. Very comfortable with bags of toys for a bottom of the range vehicle. I really can't fault it and I recommend it to everyone.
I have the 1.9 TDI Highline with added cruise control. I used it for commuting from Manchester to Plymouth for the first two years of ownership and it's done local town commuting since without any problems. On a trip to the South of France with 5 passengers and loads of luggage it returned over 53MPG at motorway speeds and was comfortable. The torque is good and it pulls well through all the gears, it really likes third gear around town and doesn't need the usual changing up and down the box that petrol motors usually need. A rear parking sensor was a godsend as I found the rear view somewhat restrictive. The boot is large but the lip is high. I didn't have the service computer set on regular intervals, it tells you when you need servicing depending on your driving style, tpe, etc. My first service was 20K and as I am about to change the car (3yr old) it is telling me to get a service in 1500 miles (36.5K!). I have used the recomended synthetic oil from new and have only used 2ltr. The ride is comfortable, the toys work, the economy, for a large car is excellent. I am changing to a Golf 2ltr Sport this week only because of the age of the car and my wife finds the gears 'notchy'. Whoever gets this car in Plymouth is getting a real beut!
I am somewhat confused about most of the reviews about this car. I have the TDI 130 sport and it is far superior to any vauxhall and ford I have driven , let alone Peugeots and I havent had any problems apart from the air mass sensor(which I am told only lasts about 2 years max.) The Passat TDI 130 sport is great to drive, build quality of the cabin is superb. No squeeking, rattles taps or anything. Just silence. Comfort is great in the sports interior, I used to feel shattered on a long drive in the Astra Coupe. It has LOTS of torque and since having it chipped to 165bhp I havent noticed increased fuel consumtion, it's still running at 45mpg round town and 55+ on Motorway and Ive had none of this clutch trouble people are reporting and I drive my Passat hard! Poor thing! I have it serviced at an independant VW specialist in Lower Gornal, Dudley, West Midlands, recent cam belt and tensioner service was £340. Oil for the PD engine is quite expensive but the full service is only £150. Down sides, it is front heavy and nose dives severely over speed humps when you're in a hurry, intermittent turbo lag (quite rare, but does happen especially on Motorway at speeds over 60mph) and fog lights only as standard on the V6 2.5 TDI. I've since had to have them fitted because I drive alot of miles up to snowdonia during winter months and on the A5, late at night in rain or snow, you really need them! I am going to be very reluctant to sell this when the day comes.
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