Volkswagen Passat GTE review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

The regular Volkswagen Passat has a fundamentally good driving position, and all versions of the GTE have comfortable and supportive leather seats as standard, with electric backrest and lumbar adjustment for the driver. 

The dashboard buttons are also logically arranged and simple to operate, while the standard analogue instrument cluster behind the steering wheel is easy to read. Go for the pricier GTE Advance model and this is replaced by a 10.3in digital display that shows more information, including navigation instructions.

The Passat is up there with the class best when it comes to forwards visibility, although its long boot does make things a bit tricky when reversing. Thankfully, the GTE has front and rear parking sensors as standard and you can pay extra for a rear-view or even 360deg bird's eye view camera.

Bright LED headlights are standard and adaptive Matrix headlights, which can automatically shape their light field to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic while remaining set to high beam, are included on the GTE Advance. You can add these as an option to the entry-level GTE but doing so will make a serious dent in your wallet – and by the time you’ve done it, you’re not that far away from what you’d pay for the GTE Advance model anyway.

Inside the GTE, much use is made of dense-feeling materials that, along with eye-catching details such as chrome highlights, make the Passat look and feel more upmarket than the Skoda Superb iV and the slightly smaller Skoda Octavia iV. Any scratchy plastics are confined to surfaces lower down on the doors and dashboard. That said, the Passat isn't as swish inside as a BMW 330e or plug-in hybrid versions of the Volvo V60.

As you'd expect, you get a touchscreen infotainment system as standard. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring is also included, as is sat-nav and a DAB radio, and the 8.0in screen responds quickly to presses. You get a more advanced system with online connectivity and voice control if you go for the GTE Advance, but both systems have intuitive operating systems compared with, say, the Volvo V60. The BMW 330e's iDrive infotainment system is far less distracting to use while you're driving, though, thanks to its rotary controller interface.

Volkswagen Passat GTE 2021 RHD dashboard

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