Which used Volkswagen Passat estate should I buy?
Despite a number of good petrol options, diesels are still the biggest sellers in this market, even with the current debate about their environmental friendliness. Why? Well, a big car that can carry lots of people and paraphernalia needs a torquey motor. However, the 1.6-litre diesel doesn’t quite cut the mustard. It’s an adequate performer, but you often need to swap through the six-speed manual gearbox’s ratios to get the best from it. Even then, it leaves you wanting.
We’d recommend the more flexible 148bhp 2.0 diesel. It’s punchy enough to offer satisfying pace and easy overtaking when you want, and pulls willingly from low revs. So much so that it’s not worth paying extra for the more powerful 188bhp version.
Entry-level S trim is a little sparse for our liking, although it gets air-con and electric windows. We’d go with SE trim, which adds desirable goodies such as automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and parking sensors all round. The only thing to add might be sat-nav, which is available as standard on the next-up SE Business trim. GT and R-line trims get progressively more luxurious but do up the price on the used forecourts.
Our favourite VW Passat Estate: 2.0 TDI 150 SE