What used Volkswagen Passat estate will I get for my budget?
Prices for this generation of Passat Estate start at around £3500 for a car with an average mileage for the year, though high-mileage examples can be had for less. Step up to around £5000 and you should find later cars from around 2007 to 2009 with an average mileage for the year.
If you're after the newer model you'll need to spend at least £5000 for a higher mileage 2010 model, or up to £7000 for one with an average mileage. Later cars are more popular, but you'll need around £10,000 to buy a good 2012 to 2014 model from an independent dealer.
At the age of the 2005-2010 Passat what matters most is the condition and history of the individual car rather more than the year of manufacturer, so don't be put off by an older one that's been well looked after.
How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Passat estate?
The earlier Passat's 104bhp 1.9 TDI engine came with an official claimed average of 47.9mpg, but you should still be happy enough with the claimed 46.3mpg of the sprightlier 138bhp 2.0 TDI or the 49mpg of the 1.6-litre TDI diesel unit, while the more powerful 167bhp 2.0 TDI version manages a claimed 44.1mpg. The V6 has the worst fuel consumption, returning a claimed 28mpg.
In June 2011, Volkswagen brought economy into even sharper focus with the introduction of improved BlueMotion Technology versions with low rolling resistance tyres, a lowered suspension plus a revised radiator grille and underbody panel to minimise drag.
Insurance is high on the V6, too, with a group 30 rating, but most of the rest of the range is in groups 20 to 24.
Despite the premium badge, servicing costs are reasonable, and there are plenty of independent VW specialists who will look after your Passat for you, at a cost that a VW dealer couldn't match. Later Passats could be covered by a VW servicing plan for used cars, which allows you to purchase two services for a fixed cost up front, and pay by direct debit. Parts are plentiful and reasonably priced, being shared with many other cars in the VW group.