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Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE review

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Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE
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16 Sep 2016 13:35 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 09:46

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

The GTE is just as comfortable as any other high-end Passat model. Electric seat adjustment and adjustable lumbar support on the broad, comfy seats means that every shape of driver should be able to get comfortable. Visibility is excellent in the estate, and very good in the saloon, although both get parking sensors as standard to help out in a tight spot. Standard LED headlights also make for excellent nighttime visibility.

The dash is a real selling point, since it feels a class above that of rivals such as the Ford Mondeo. Everything feels meticulously finished and screwed together, with broad horizontal strakes running through the vents and dash, and soft-touch materials making the cabin look and feel really top-notch.

You get a 6.5in colour touchscreen as standard, which is one of the best systems out there, as it’s logically laid out and quite easy to use, even when you’re driving. All the connectivity features you could want are thrown in, too, including sat-nav, although you’ll have to pay extra for GTE Advance trim in order to step up to the full-size 8.0in touchscreen rather than the standard 6.5in version.

The switches for the standard climate control are a doddle to use, and the dials are very easy to read and see.

 

Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE
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There are 5 trims available for the Passat estate. Click to see details.See all versions
S
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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SE Business
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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Bluemotion
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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GT
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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R Line
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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