Volkswagen Passat GTE review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Introduction

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The Volkswagen Passat GTE would appear to let you have your cake and eat it. It's very big, no matter whether you choose it as a saloon or an estate, and can operate as an electric car for far enough to cover many people’s daily commutes. Yet unlike a pure electric car, it won't conk out when the battery is flat; there's a petrol engine under the bonnet that will keep you going as long as there's fuel in the tank.

Based on the regular Volkswagen Passat, the GTE is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and while it doesn't quite offer the tax incentives of a fully electric model, like the Tesla Model 3 or Kia e-Niro, it's still massively cheaper to run as a company car than any equivalent pure petrol or diesel model. And, as long as you charge its battery regularly, which can be done at home or at a public charging point, you could save plenty on fuel, too.

The Passat GTE has been around for several years now and when it first appeared it didn't really have any direct rivals. Sure, there were several other plug-in hybrids on sale, including the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, but none that fitted the traditional executive car mould. Now, though, the Passat GTE is up against plug-in hybrid versions of the Skoda Superb (and the smaller Octavia, for that matter), along with premium-badged alternatives, including the BMW 330e and Volvo S60 saloon and its V60 estate sister. 

In this review, we'll not only tell you how the Passat GTE stacks up against the plug-in hybrid competition, but also regular versions of the Passat. And no matter whether you end up deciding to buy a plug-in hybrid, electric car or petrol or diesel model, our New Car Buying service can offer a great deal on thousands of cars – including the Passat GTE – with no haggling whatsoever. 

At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? hybrid
MPG range across all versions235.4 - 235.4
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£866 / £2,470
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£1,733 / £4,941

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