Volkswagen Passat GTE review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 infotainment / energy display
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 rear seats
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 infotainment / energy display
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 front static
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 front right static
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 instrument panel detail
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 instrument panel detail
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 boot open
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 rear seats
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 infotainment / energy display
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 front static
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 front right static
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 instrument panel detail
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 instrument panel detail
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 boot open
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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.

Overview

The Volkswagen Passat GTE is roomy and refined, with an impressive hybrid system. However, the rival Skoda Octavia iV has a longer pure electric range, offers much cheaper company car tax bills and is very nearly as roomy.

  • Cheapest Passat for company car drivers
  • Spacious interior and big boot
  • Quieter than most rivals
  • Makes little sense for private buyers
  • Rivals have longer pure electric range
  • Limited modern safety aids
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