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For A huge boot, plush and spacious cabin, comfortable ride and superb refinement make the Passat Estate a compelling choice.

Against It’s a little pricey and versions with the largest wheels suffer from too much road noise on coarse surfaces.

Volkswagen Passat Estate
55 5stars

The Volkswagen Passat Estate has a vast boot, lots of high-tech kit and enough space for all the family in the beautifully built cabin. It’s an excellent estate car.

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There are 13 Volkswagen Passat versions available

Estate 1.6 TDI 120 S 5dr £23,745 TBA
Estate 1.6 TDI 120 SE 5dr £24,840 TBA
Estate 2.0 TDI 150 S 5dr £24,870
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDI 120 SE Business 5dr £25,540 TBA
Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr £25,965
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business 5dr £26,665
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 TDI 120 GT 5dr £26,835 TBA
Estate 2.0 TDI 150 GT 5dr £27,960
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 150 R-Line 5dr £28,955
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 190 GT 5dr £29,310
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 190 R-Line 5dr £30,305
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 240 BiTDI SCR GT 5dr £36,040
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 TDI 240 BiTDI SCR R-Line 5dr £37,035
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Most buyers will be best served by a 2.0-litre diesel version. They feel a lot quicker than the 1.6-litre models, are more refined and are almost as economical and tax efficient. Our favourite is the 148bhp version, which is smooth and pretty punchy from low revs, so suits the rest of the car’s relaxed character. The four-wheel-drive, twin-turbo 2.0 diesel has the performance to match six-cylinder rivals, but it’s pricey.

The boot isn’t especially versatile, although it’s seriously big and comes with levers that let you fold down the rear seats in one go. Add masses of space for passengers to stretch out in and the Passat Estate is the most practical load-lugger this side of the huge Mercedes E-Class.

True, a BMW 3 Series Touring is better to drive and a Mercedes C-Class Estate feels even more luxurious inside, although neither is as roomy and both cost a fair bit more as a private buy.

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