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Volkswagen Passat Estate Review

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Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE
16 Sep 2016 13:35 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 9:46

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The VW Passat GTE is a petrol-electric hybrid version of Volkswagen’s classy-feeling, big family saloon and estate.

There are few direct rivals. The Passat competes with alternative family saloons and hatches such as the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6, but the closest hybrid executive rival is the smaller and more expensive BMW 330e.

A 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor work together, through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, to deliver up to 31 miles of pure electric driving before the refined, punchy-feeling petrol engine kicks in and takes you as far as you need to go after that.

This is a car that you have to plug in regularly if you’re to get the most out of its green credentials, as the real-world economy with the petrol engine running won’t be great.

Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the Passat GTE, and to see how it compares with its rivals.


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There are 5 trims available for the Passat Estate. Click to see details.See all versions
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This just brings sportier styling inside and out, along with better LED headlights over GT trim. The most powerful petrol and diesel versions also get adjustable dampers...View trim
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Includes air-con, 16in alloy wheels, a multi-function steering wheel, colour touch-screen, digital radio, Bluetooth and a USB input, but it’s still worth the extra needed to jump up to more lavishl...View trim
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This trim level is available only with the tax-efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine. It is based on S trim, but adds 17in alloy wheels, lowered suspension, unique front and rear bumpers, and Bluemotio...View trim
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Not only do you get sat nav as standard, you also get climate control, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights and nicer exterior trim. It's well worth paying the extra over S or Bluemotion...View trim
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A good option if you want lots of kit, but at this price the Passat Estate is straying into the same territory as some more upmarket (albeit smaller and less well equipped) rivals. It comes with 18...View trim
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