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2.0 TSI DSG [Panoramic Roof]
If you’re looking for something quick but also effortless, then this 217bhp 2.0 petrol engine, with its strong, linear power delivery, will satisfy you perfectly. It does struggle to put down its power in tricky conditions, though.
1.8 TSI 180 [Panoramic Roof]
If you’re regularly lugging around plenty of people or just like a little more pace, this 178bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine might be tempting. It’s just as smooth and refined as the 1.4 units but pulls harder throughout the rev range. Just bear in mind that it’s quite a bit thirstier and will be more expensive on company car tax.
1.4 TI 150 S
This is our favourite petrol engine because it offers decent performance without breaking the bank. It&#39;s not outright fast, but it does rev willingly, is quiet at speed and returns decent fuel economy.
1.4 TI S
This is the cheapest engine option for the Passat Estate and scores for its refined manners. Even so, we’d recommend spending a little extra on the more powerful yet more frugal 1.4 TSI 150.
The expensive choice. However, it is verging on hot-hatch fast, and while a bit gruff under acceleration, this engine is refined enough in most situations.
2.0 TDI SCR 190
Offers good performance, but the 2.0 TDI 150 feels almost as quick, and because this engine is available only on high-end trims, it makes the Passat Estate fairly expensive. It’s not really worth the extra. Also available on the jacked-up, four-wheel drive Alltrack model, albeit only as an automatic.
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2.0 TDI
Our pick of the range in manual guise, this engine is punchy and flexible enough to offer easy overtaking when you want it, and is low-revving and quiet enough at a motorway cruise. Avoid the six-speed automatic gearbox if you can – it’s an older &#39;box than the seven-speed auto in other Passats and is a bit slow to respond at times and doesn’t help fuel economy. Also available in the jacked-up, four-wheel-drive Alltrack model, as a manual only; well worth considering given that it&#39;s remarkably capable off-road, while also being classier and bigger inside than most of the SUVs it competes with.
1.6 TDI
This engine is smooth and promises good fuel economy, but it has to be worked quite hard if you want decent pace because it’s a fairly low-powered engine in a big car. The optional seven-speed automatic &#39;box (a six-speed manual is standard) goes some way to concealing the relative shortage of power and actually reduces CO2 emissions, so could well be the better bet.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

44.1-74.3 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

104-96 g/km

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2070 litres

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