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Volkswagen Passat Estate review

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Volkswagen Passat Estate
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10 May 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:07

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Volkswagen Passat estate running costs

The Passat GTE Estate hybrid offers super-low company car tax, but even the regular diesels start with CO2 emissions from as low as 96g/km for the 1.6 Bluemotion. Just remember that the 1.4 TSI 125 is cheaper for benefit-in-kind tax when you take into account the diesel surcharge. The more powerful and more recommendable engines also provide competitive emissions to keep company car tax bills low, and fleet providers will find leasing costs very competitive.

It’s also an appealing prospect for private buyers. Granted, list prices are expensive next to those of a Skoda Superb Estate or Ford Mondeo Estate, but resale values are expected to be higher and running costs should be extremely on the ball. Volkswagen also regularly offers low-interest finance and deposit contributions, so finance costs tend to be competitive. Fixed-cost servicing plans are available for two to four years and are worth adding given the reasonable cost and option to pay monthly.

Fuel economy should also be good across the range and versions such as the 2.0 TDI 150 easily capable of returning 50mpg in the real world.

Volkswagen Passat estate equipment

Even S trim comes reasonably well equipped. But if you can go for the SE Business, this has the entry-level trim's 8.0in touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, height-adjustable driver’s seat and variable lumbar support, then adds an enhanced infotainment with sat-nav, adaptive cruise control, auto lights and wipers and more safety kit.

The off-road Alltrack model is a well-equipped stand-alone trim for the semi-rugged four-wheel-drive models and includes sat-nav, 18in alloy wheels, three-zone climate control, hill hold descent control and some fairly obvious, chunky exterior styling cues.

Volkswagen Passat Estate

Volkswagen Passat estate reliability

The Passat Estate didn’t perform very well in our latest reliability survey in relation to its rivals, while Volkswagen finished mid-table as a brand.

So room for improvement there, then. And you only get a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard; this isn’t as good as Kia’s seven-year or Hyundai’s five-year cover.

Volkswagen Passat estate safety and security

The Passat Estate received top marks in its Euro NCAP crash test, thanks in part to its nine airbags, including one for the driver’s knees and in each rear door. It also has a system to warn you if you might be getting tired while driving, hill hold assist, a pre-crash system that primes the brakes, tightens the seatbelts and closes the windows if it senses a collision is imminent, and an advanced stability control that aims to help prevent secondary collisions after an initial crash.

Automatic emergency braking is standard on SE Business trim and upwards, together with a distance monitor that shows if you’re too close to the car in front.

There’s also a broad range of optional safety systems, including lane-keep assist, blindspot warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high-beam assist and even a system that helps reverse-park a trailer, although that comes as part of an expensive option pack.

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Verdict

A vast boot, lots of high-tech equipment and a beautifully built cabin

  • Good engine choice
  • Spacious interior and boot
  • Stable and easygoing dynamics
  • Classy interior
  • More expensive than similarly sized Mondeo
  • Entry-level S trim misses out on key kit
  • Slightly unsettled ride in town
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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