Volkswagen Passat Estate review

Category: Estate car

Section: Interior

Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD front tracking
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD rear right tracking
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE 2019 LHD boot open
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD steering wheel detail
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD low front tracking
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD right panning
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD front right static
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD rear right static
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD front tracking
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD rear right tracking
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE 2019 LHD boot open
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD steering wheel detail
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD low front tracking
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD right panning
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD front right static
  • Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD rear right static
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In this section:
  • Driving position and dashboard
  • Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
  • Sat nav and infotainment
  • Quality

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

All Passat Estates offer adjustment for lumbar support and height on the driver’s seat. There's a greater breadth of adjustment than you’ll find as standard on many rivals; combined with plentiful steering wheel reach and height movement, the Passat Estate is one of the more comfortable cars in its class.

The dashboard is also simple to use; all the most frequently used knobs and buttons are clearly labelled and easy to reach. A useful option is the Active Info Display, which comprises a 12.3in screen with configurable digital instruments that take the place of the standard dials. I allows far more information to be displayed clearly just below your eye-line. You can also add a head-up display, but this projects is information onto a plastic screen and isn't very clear in our experience. We’d avoid the extra cost.

An automatic parking system (which senses if a space is big enough and steers into it for you) is available as an optional extra, together with rear-view or 360deg camera systems. Blind spot warning is also available.

Passat Estate R-line 2020 RHD dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

All versions come with an 8.0in touchscreen that offers super-clear graphics and very user-friendly menus. There's also DAB radio, Bluetooth and wireless smartphone mirroring, so you can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto without plugging your phone in. We prefer the BMW 3 Series Touring's system, though; its  rotary-dial controller is far more intuitive, less distracting, and consequently safer to use on the move. 

If you move up to SEL trim you get 3D sat-nav maps and a speed limit display. Online features include live traffic and weather information, as well as convenient services such as assistance with finding a parking space.

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