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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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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

The Passat GTE is offered as an estate or saloon, with the former of course being the better option if space and practicality is a priority.

Both models have masses of room for four tall adults to stretch out and get comfortable – amongst the best in class short of the Skoda Superb - and boot space is unaffected in the transition to a hybrid vehicle. The only sacrifice is that you can’t store a spare wheel beneath the boot floor, as you can in standard Passats, as the batteries take up that space.

Opting for the saloon naturally means that you forego some practicality. The boot is still a good size, and the seats fold down easily (albeit to leave a bit of a step in the loadbay), but the narrow saloon opening restricts loading ability. Go for the Passat estate and you’ve got one of the best family wagons going. The hatch opening leaves a square, convenient aperture, and the loadbay is squared off and bigger than almost anything else in the Passat Estate’s price range. Given the reasonable premium required for stepping up to the super-practical Passat Estate, we’d go for the wagon.

 

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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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