What used Volkswagen Passat estate will I get for my budget?
You can get high-mileage ones for around £7000, 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 £10,000-£12,000 level will get you a better trim, maybe SE, and bring in the option of one of the 2.0-litre engines, and a 2016 or maybe 2017 car. Up your budget to £12,000-£16,000 and you’re seeing 2017 and some 2018 cars, with a full history and an average mileage, from a franchised dealer. Spend upwards of £17,000 on a post-facelift 2019 car, and between £20,000 and £25,000 on a 2020 or a little more, £25,000 to £30,000, on one of the last cars from 2021 and 2022.
Early GTE models came with 9kWh battery pack with an electric range of 20-25 miles and economy of 156.9mpg. Later models from 2019 onwards got a bigger 13kWh pack that upped the electric-only range to 34 miles and got fuel economy up to 206.7mpg. The chances of you really achieving either figure in mixed use is undeniably slim, unless you regularly plug your car in.
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 Passat that cost more than £40,000 new you’re likely to incur an additional fee. 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. Current flat-rate fees are £155 a year for the hybrid, £165 a year for the normal petrol/diesel cars and the luxury tax is currently £355 a year. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.