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Used Volkswagen Passat Estate 2001 - 2005 review

(2001 - 2005)
Volkswagen Passat Estate (99 - 05)
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What used Volkswagen Passat estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Passat estate?

Everyday running costs are pretty reasonable, especially given the car's superb all-round ability as a family motor. All but two of the engines will give you more than 30mpg and the diesels stretch that to over 40mpg. Of our two favoured models, the 1.9 TDI 130 is good for an official average of 47.9mpg and the 1.8 T petrol 32.8mpg.

Avoid the W8 and V6 petrol cars, which will hurt your wallet. You'll get mid-20s to the gallon at best from the V6 and just over 20mpg (if you're lucky) with the W8. Service costs will also be significantly higher.

For the lower-powered models, maintenance will set you back roughly the same as for a Mondeo and, in some cases, less. You can cut the labour bill by using an independent VW specialist. Insurance is broadly comparable to a Mondeo's, too. So all in all, a good result.