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For The VW Passat Estate is stylish, spacious, desirable and relaxing to drive. Residuals are strong and most versions are well equipped.

Against Some of the interior trim is a bit dour and the front seats could do with a little more support. Folding the rear seats down is fiddly.

Volkswagen Passat Estate
44 5stars

The Volkswagen Passat Estate is one of the best cars in its class and scores highly in just about every area.

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There are 14 Volkswagen Passat versions available

Estate 1.4 TSI 122 S 5dr £21,740
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr £22,505
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDI 105 Bluemotion 5dr £22,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 140 S 5dr £23,855
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDI 105 Executive 5dr £24,105
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.4 TSI 160 Executive 5dr £24,465
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDI 105 Executive Style 5dr £25,100
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 140 Executive 5dr £25,220
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 1.4 TSI 160 Executive Style 5dr £25,460
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 140 Executive Style 5dr £26,215
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 177 Executive 5dr £26,570
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 177 Executive Style 5dr £27,565
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 140 Alltrack 5dr £29,385
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 177 Alltrack 5dr £32,160
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

As well as cutting a suitable dash in the corporate car park, the Passat is good to drive, if not quite as accomplished as a Ford Mondeo. There are some fine engines, most of which are very competitive for CO2 emissions and fuel economy.

For the most part, the Passat lives up to its upmarket image. It’s solidly built and looks the part, but some of the interior plastics aren’t as plush as you might expect.

Of the trims available, we’d recommend the mid-range Highline model. The S has all the essentials including air-conditioning, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a USB port and four electric windows, but Highline adds desirable items like sat-nav, automatic headlights and wipers, climate and cruise controls, front and rear parking sensors and more chrome trim.

A number of high-tech options are available, including systems that steers the car into a suitable parking space for you and one that can stop the car at low speed if you get too close to the one in front.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.6 TDI 105 SE Bluemotion Tech 5dr

I have had this as a company car since December 2012 and have clocked up 53,000 miles in 21 months. So far the car has been totally reliable, is…

Sam Johnson

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr

Enjoying my 1.6Tdi 105bhp Tech S since I bought it 3 months ago, 13 plate so 9mths old with 12k miles. 6 speed with stop start & with a long motorway…

Richard Prime

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.4 TSI 122 Highline B' M Tech 5dr

I have just clocked up 3000 in my Passat and have to say the Whatcar review just about has the vehicle banged to rights. I chose the 1.4TSI engine…

Robert Forbes

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 170 Alltrack BMT DSG 5dr

A fantastic car - just upgraded from a Ford Mondeo, which was OK when it worked but the difference in build quality, layout and even sound proofing is…

Paul Bason

5 out of 5 stars
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