Volkswagen Passat Estate (2015 – present)

A sensible estate for sensible people, the Passat is practical, comfortable, and efficient

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Well equipped as standard
Comfortable and spacious interior
One of the largest boots of any estate

Weaknesses 

Not especially satisfying to drive
Doesn't have the kudos of other German estates
BiTDI model is an expensive indulgence
Best finance deal

Volkswagen Passat Diesel Saloon (2011-2014) 2.0 tdi bluemotion tech highline 4dr

Finance price £146 per month

Cash price £7,795

Volkswagen Passat Estate prices from £10,899  Finance from £175 per month

The Volkswagen Passat Estate is very closely related to the Audi A4 Avant and Skoda Superb Estate. While the Audi may be an epitomy of class and desirability and the Skoda represents impeccable value for money, the Volkswagen offers fantastic quality and dependability - it's clearly doing something right, as it has stamped its place as one of the most popular family cars in Europe.

This is the eighth generation of Passat. It went on sale in January 2015, and recieved a facelift in 2019 that included the introduction of the plug-in hybrid GTE variant and some pretty fancy tech upgrades that edge drivers one step closer to becoming redundant. With the 2019 models, VW offers a ‘Travel Assist’ feature that gives a fair degree of automated driving, performing many routine driving tasks from a standstill all the way to 130mph.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet, though. At its heart this is a discreetly upmarket, practical family car that doesn't skimp on the basics. In the front, there’s room to stretch out, while the driving position, seat and steering wheel adjust pretty much every which way, meaning drivers of all shapes and sizes should be able to get comfortable.

As for the surrounding environment, this is a first class flight deck that does its best to keep everything clear and within easy reach. Of particular note, the eight-inch touchscreen boasts clear graphics, intuitive menus and perks such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It’s possible to upgrade to a larger 9.2-inch screen that adds gesture control - where you wave your hand at the screen to perform certain commands - but take it from us, the regular system is all you need.

In terms of practicality, there are good size door pockets and centre stowage areas and the glovebox can be set to keep drinks cool.

There's plenty of room in the back. A Skoda Superb might just edge this one for overall size, but the Passat Estate is certainly a bigger car than, say, the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring or Volvo V60 Sportswagon. So children in big, bulky childseats will be easily accommodated, and there’s even the option of integrated childseats, in place of the Isofix childseat mounts, on the two outer chairs. Or, as a treat, optional heated seats.

The boot is just as accommodating. With 650 litres of luggage space, or 1,950 litres when the back seats are folded down, equalling the Skoda Superb’s cargo deck, and with flat sides, stowage areas, luggage hooks and seats that split and fold 40/20/40, it’s more than ready to be challenged with bikes, furniture or, better still, family holidays.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 11:30

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years
Boot size: 
650 litres
Width: 
2083mm
Length: 
4767mm
Height: 
1516mm
Tax: 
£145 to £530

 

January 2015 UK deliveries of saloon and estate begin with prices starting from £22,215. Diesel engines (1.6, 2.0 and 2.0-litre bi-turbo) only and in S, SE, SE Business, GT and R-Line trims.

June 2015 Frugal 1.6 BlueMotion diesel arrives promising 78mpg

August 2016 VW Passat GTE PHEV (plug-in hybrid) arrives with prices starting at £34,025 after plug-in grant

July 2017 Petrol engine range is launched, with 1.4-litre TSI 125hp and 150hp plus the potent 2.0-litre TSI 220hp.

January 2018 Subtle equipment upgrades across the Passat family, including LED headlights and a smartphone mirroring system.

July 2019 Recieves a facelift and new plug-in hybrid GTE model is launched with prices starting at £37,920.

Understanding Volkswagen Passat car names 

  • Passat
  • Engine
    2.0 TDI
  • Trim
    SE Business
  • Gearbox
    DSG
  • Engine
    The figure ‘2.0’ is the size of the engine in litres (there’s a 1.6 diesel engine and a 1.5 petrol, too), while ‘TDI’ tells you it’s a diesel. ‘SCR’ stands for Selective Catalytic Reduction, VW’s emissions-treatment technology. The figure ‘150’ is the engine’s power rating in horsepower, which can also be referred to as PS.
  • Trim
    The trim level of a car lets you know how much equipment is included as standard. The higher the level, the more gadgets you get and the more that you pay. SE Business is the most popular within the estate range.
  • Gearbox
    Volkswagen's automatic gearbox is known as a DSG. If there's no mention of this, then the car most likely has a manual gearbox.

Volkswagen Passat Engines 

Diesel: 1.6 TDI 120, 2.0 TDI 190, 2.0 TDI 240
Petrol: 1.5 TSI 190, 2.0 TSI 190, 2.0 TSI 272
Plug-in hubrid: 1.4 TSI Hybrid

The Passat estate’s most popular model is the mid-range 2.0 TDI with 190hp. It’s easy to see why; it provides a good balance of fuel economy and get-up-and-go, and road tax is £170 in the first year.

The lower-powered 1.6 TDI has price on its side but little else. It will feel strained when tasked with hauling a fully laden car, and this in turn will see its fuel economy fall as you’ll need to work it hard to make fair progress.

Step up to the 2.0 TDI 240 and you’ll have all the performance you’ll need. But whether or not it represents good value compared with the 190 version is for you to decide.

The 1.5 TSI is the least powerful petrol engine in the range with 190hp, but it is the most economical. This is not a bad option if you have your heart set on petrol power.

The much more powerful 2.0 TSI options offer some pretty startling performance whether you go for the 190hp version or the 272hp, but you will pay a price for the amount of fuel you burn through.

The 1.4 TSI Hybrid becomes the fastest model in the range by quite a way. On top of that you'll be getting much improved fuel economy and also saving money on tax due to those reduces CO2 emissions. It is more expensive, but that might just be worth it.

Volkswagen Passat Trims 

SE, SEL, R-Line, R-Line Edition, Alltrack

As the estate, all models come with four tie-hooks in the boot and a plastic protector for the loading sill. The entry-level SE trim is reasonably well equipped with features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, manual air-conditioning, an eight-inch colour screen, trip computer, digital radio and USB connection and cable. Car Net, which includes Apple Car Play or Android Auto, is also thrown in.

SEL courts fleet drivers with lots of extras including 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, sat nav, climate control, heated washer jets and a rain sensor, and valuable driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control. There’s also a ski-flap, in the back seat for loading long items through without having to drop the seat.

For the budding adventurer, Alltrack trim provides self-sealing tyres, raised suspension (by 27mm), a rugged styling pack, four-wheel drive, a multifunction display and dedicated off-road driving modes, which include hill descent control.

The flagship R-Line trim offers the most racy look of all the Passats. Whether or not that’s what buyers of this type of family car want is debatable, but nonetheless there are sports seats, plenty of R-Line logos and a sports steering wheel, as well as adaptive LED headlights.

Volkswagen Passat Reliability and warranty 

It feels like a quality product in the showroom but the experience of owners suggests there’s room for improvement beneath the surface.  The previous version of the Passat has been placed close to the bottom of the Auto Express Driver Power survey, with it rated 142 out of 150 cars for reliability. In terms of build quality, owners rated it lower still at 146. Its three year and 60,000 mile warranty is nothing special.

Used Volkswagen Passat 

There are currently 94 Volkswagen Passat Estates available on BuyaCar, with prices ranging from £10,899 to £39,400 for nearly-new models.

Monthly finance payments start from £175 per month.

The 1.6 TDI S may be the cheapest version you'll find, but as described earlier, it’s best avoided. The impressive all-round 2.0 TDI 150 is the best buy, and because of its popularity there is no shortage of models to choose from on the used market.

The rugged Passat estate Alltrak is quite a rare machine, meaning used prices are surprisingly high, starting from around £17,000 on BuyaCar.

Rarer still is the Passat estate GTE. It was only on sale for a couple of years, and combined an electric motor with a 1.4-litre petrol engine to produce strong performance and low emissions figures in the official tests that every new car goes through. As a plug-in hybrid, its batteries can be charged either by the engine and regenerative braking, or from a household socket or dedicated charging point. Unfortunately, with so few used examples available, the cheapest we found at the time of writing was £24,000.

Volkswagen Passat Prices

Volkswagen Passat GTE

1.4 tsi phev gte 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,787

You could save up to: £5973

Volkswagen Passat GTE Advance

1.4 tsi phev gte advance 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,329

You could save up to: £6121

Volkswagen Passat R Line

1.5 tsi evo r line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,385

You could save up to: £7385

1.5 tsi evo r line 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,134

You could save up to: £7561

2.0 tdi evo scr r line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,837

You could save up to: £7648

2.0 tdi evo scr r line 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,261

You could save up to: £7824

Volkswagen Passat SE Nav

1.5 tsi evo se nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,333

You could save up to: £7007

1.5 tsi evo se nav 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,757

You could save up to: £7183

2.0 tdi evo scr se nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,460

You could save up to: £7270

2.0 tdi evo scr se nav 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,209

You could save up to: £7446

Volkswagen Passat SEL

1.5 tsi evo sel 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,893

You could save up to: £7077

1.5 tsi evo sel 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,317

You could save up to: £7253

2.0 tdi evo scr sel 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,020

You could save up to: £7340

2.0 tdi evo scr sel 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,769

You could save up to: £7516

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