Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The GTE is expensive to buy compared with non-hybrid versions of the Volkswagen Passat – even after you've factored in dealer discounts, which are available. Yes, you'll save some money on fuel if you charge up the battery regularly, but that's unlikely to be enough alone to help you break even in the long run.
So, unless you regularly venture into London (the GTE is exempt from the Congestion Charge), you're probably better off going for the cheaper 1.5 TSI petrol model, or potentially one of the diesels if your mileage is high.