Used Volkswagen Passat Estate 2001 - 2005 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

Volkswagen Passat Estate (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Passat Estate (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Passat Estate (99 - 05)

Our recommendations

Which used Volkswagen Passat estate should I buy?

The 128bhp 1.9 TDI 130 is a good choice for economy and easy pulling power. And, although it can be rumbly even when working only moderately hard, it's our favourite engine in the range. A good alternative is the turbocharged 1.8 T petrol, which is strong, more refined and, while not as easy on fuel, should still give over 30mpg.

The 2.0 petrol is also good, although it can get boomy if it's worked very hard. You can up the performance with the 2.3 V5, 2.8 V6 and, frankly quite daft, 4.0 W8. There's also a broad-shouldered, smooth 2.5 V6 TDI turbodiesel.