What used Volkswagen Passat estate will I get for my budget?
You can get high-mileage ones for around £6000, but prices start at around £9000 for a late 2015 1.6 TDI S, whether in Bluemotion attire or not, with an above or average mileage for the year, bought from a trader or an independent dealer.
Moving up to the £13,000 level and you’ll find a 2017 example with one of the more capable the 2.0-litre diesel engines. A year-old Passat advertised at a main dealer can be found for £19,000.
Petrol models understandably get worse fuel economy, but both versions of the 1.4 TSI are pretty decent at 54.3mpg. The only other options available at the time were the 1.8 TSI that achieved 46.3mpg, or the 218bhp 2.0 TSI that did 44.1mpg.
Post-WLTP engines were tested under a different system and their figures are a lot lower, but each should be more achievable in the real world. The 1.5 TSI is best at 45.6mpg, followed by the 187bhp 2.0-litre at 36.2mpg and the 268bhp 2.0 TSI with 33.2mpg.
Not all the engine options available in the Passat were available before the 1 April 2017 tax change, so we’re only concentrating on the ones that were here.
Both 1.4 TSI petrol engines did well with emissions of 120g/km, with the 218bhp 2.0 TSI putting out 149g/km. A plug-in hybrid GTE would be even better at just 40g/km.
The standard 1.6 TDI emits 107g/km, while the Bluemotion version barely betters this with 104g/km. Of the three 2.0 TDI engines available at the time, the 148bhp got 110g/km; the 187bhp version put out 120g/km, while the 241bhp BiTDI model spits out 140g/km.
Road tax for all models registered before 1 April 2017 will vary depending on the emissions the engine produces (see above for more information), while examples registered after this date will render owners liable to pay a flat-rate fee. Be aware that if you go for a GTE Advance you’re likely to incur an additional fee since it cost more than £40,000 when new. Fortunately, this yearly additional fee only lasts between the second and sixth years of the vehicle's age, then it goes back to the flat-rate fee. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.