Performance, practicality and the possibility of zero emissions when driving in all-electric mode are just some of the attractions afforded by the Passat GTE Estate, What Car? magazine’s Best Electric Car.
The most environmentally-responsible Passat to date utilises the latest Volkswagen plug-in hybrid technology to harness the attributes of a 1.4 TSI turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor to create a driving experience that cuts costs and is cutting edge.
The GTE produces powerful output of 218PS as well as the pocket-pleasing potential to cover more than 660 miles between fuel stops or 31 miles on solely electric power – impressive performance that complements the usual qualities associated with a Volkswagen estate in terms of space and functionality.
Attracting a Plug-In Car Grant from the Government worth £2,500, the Passat GTE Estate can be easily charged in a little over four hours at home or work using a standard UK domestic mains outlet or, via a dedicated wallbox with a 3.6 kW supply, in just two-and-a-half hours.
With the car’s lithium-ion battery fitted within the floor area of the rear seat bench, the GTE loses none of its load-lugging prowess and retains the 1,613-litre capacity of its standard Passat Estate cousin.
In addition to the trademark blue line on the radiator grille, the Passat GTE also lists C-shaped LED daytime running lights, a redesigned front bumper and 18-inch alloy wheels amongst its distinguishing features.