What used Volkswagen Passat GTE estate will I get for my budget?
£20,000 is the starting price for a Passat GTE these days – though that’ll likely buy you an older, higher-mileage example. For a nearly-new GTE with average miles, expect to pay at least £22,000, while an Advance model will set you back at least £25,000.
How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Passat GTE estate?
That depends greatly on how you use it – or, more to the point, how you fuel it and charge it.
If you plan to run it on petrol alone, you’ll find the GTE a thirsty beast – while it will charge itself up a little via regenerative braking, the effect isn’t enough to overcome the weight of the battery and electric motor, so you’ll be hefting them around for little to no reason. However, if you have access to a charging point or three-pin socket where you can charge your GTE up on a regular basis, your fuel consumption will drop dramatically, at which point it makes a lot of financial sense.
And if you can find a GTE registered before 1 April 2017, the good news is you won’t pay a penny to tax it, thanks to its super-low CO2 emissions figure. After that date, the tax figure rises to £130 a year – or £440 a year if your car’s list price was more than £40,000, a dead cert if you choose the GTE Advance model.
Servicing costs are pretty reasonable on the GTE, though – prices should be around the cost for a standard Passat. Keep in mind, though, that some specialists might not feel comfortable working on it, though, so you might find yourself restricted to Volkswagen dealerships later on in the car’s life, which might make it more costly to maintain than a conventionally-powered Passat.