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Passat Estate SE Nav

FROM £30,330.00

  • Park distance control in front and rear
  • VW Connect Plus
  • Front fog lamp and cornering lamp
  • Alloy wheels 17" 'Istanbul'
  • "Discover" Navigation system including Streaming and internet
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SE Nav

Passat Estate SEL

FROM £30,665.00

  • "Discover" Navigation system including Streaming and internet
  • Vienna Leather pack
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards, approx. 65% tinted
  • Park distance control in front and rear
  • Alloy wheels 17" 'Nivelle' Black
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SEL

Passat Estate R-Line

FROM £33,535.00

  • "Discover" Navigation system including Streaming and internet
  • Seat trim covers in leather
  • Park distance control in front and rear
  • R-Line styling exterior and interior
  • Alloy wheels 18" 'Monterrey' Grey Metallic
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R-Line

Passat Estate GTE

FROM £39,590.00

  • VW Connect
  • "Discover" Navigation system including Streaming and internet
  • Park distance control in front and rear
  • Travel Assist (Lane Assist & Adaptive Cruise control with Front Assist)
  • GTE styling exterior and interior
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GTE

Passat Estate GTE Advance

FROM £42,280.00

  • All-LED headlights with reflector technology
  • Parking sensors front and rear
  • Preparation for "We Connect" & "We Connect Plus"
  • Travel Assist- Lane assist and traffic jam assist
  • "Discover" Navigation Pro with Digital cockpit
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GTE Advance

£4000 DEPOSIT CONTRIBUTION | £355 PER MONTH

New Volkswagen Passat Estate

Intuitive, intelligent and quite simply inspirational.

Everything about the Passat is designed to make your busy life easier, safer and more comfortable. It’s the first Volkswagen to offer the new IQ.Drive system ‘Travel Assist’, providing partially assisted driving with control of steering, braking and acceleration up to 130mph (where the law permits) aided by a touch-sensitive steering wheel, another Volkswagen first. A self-assured exterior showcases stylish contours, an updated front grille, LED headlights and colours including Lapiz Blue. While the restyled interior is spacious and packed with features such as seamless smartphone integration, Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Assist and parking sensors as standard. Available as a Saloon or an Estate, the latter with a vast 650 litre luggage compartment volume. Trim levels include SE Nav, SEL and R-Line, and there are also Saloon and Estate GTE plug-in hybrids.

Finance Example

  • From £355 per month
  • £4,000 towards your deposit
  • 4.8% APR representative
  • Service Plan for £269*

 

Solutions Personal Contract Plan† representative example subject to 10,000 miles per annum for a Passat Estate SEL 2.0 TDI 150PS 5 door.

Duration 48 Months
47 monthly payments of £355.00
Deposit contribution £4,000.00
Customer deposit £5,810.56
Optional extra £0.00
Retail cash price £33,015.00
Acceptance fee £0.00
Optional final payment £9,611.10
Option to purchase fee £10.00
Total amount payable £36,116.66
Total amount of credit £23,204.44
Representative APR % 4.8% APR
Rate of interest p.a. 4.8% fixed
Excess mileage charge 8.4p per mile

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†At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle 1. £4,000 towards your deposit when purchased on Solutions PCP. 2. Acceptance fee is not required. 3. Payable at the end of your agreement. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Ordered by 30/09/2021 from participating Retailers. Excludes Passat GTE. Indemnities may be required. Subject to changes in vehicle or equipment prices. Not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication 07/21. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services. *Service plan must be purchased at point of sale and covers the first two consecutive services limited to 1x oil service and 1x oil and inspection service.

CONTRACT HIRE AGREEMENT

  • £475 a month
  • Plus VAT and Initial rental with Contract Hire. Business Users Only.

Passat Estate GTE 1.4 TSI 218PS DSG, 3 years, 10,000 miles per annum Contract Hire^ example

Initial rental £1,425.00
Monthly rental £475.00 (35 monthly rental)

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^No ownership option Business users only. Excess mileage at 10p per mile and damage charges may apply. *All prices including excess mileage exclude VAT. VAT payable at 20%. 18s+. Subject to status and availability. T&Cs apply. Ordered by 30th September 2021 from participating Retailers. Indemnities may be required. Subject to changes in vehicle or equipment prices. Not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Accurate at 07/2021. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services.

Motability Offer

Motability Offer

  • Wireless App-Connect
  • LED headlamps
  • Park distance control in front and rear
  • Front fog lamp and cornering lamp
  • Titan-Black/Ravel grey cloth in 'Django' style

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By Line

The latest Volkswagen Passat Estate demonstrates the genius in 'things that just work'. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Volkswagen Passat Estate really brings the goods in its eighth-generation guise. It's slightly shorter, but the longer wheelbase means more space for passengers and cleverer packaging ups the luggage capacity from 603 to 650-litres with all the seats in place. UK buyers get a predominantly diesel line-up, with a 240PS all-wheel drive flagship.

Background

Utility is a surprisingly hard sell. Yes, we tend to aspire to the sort of utility we don't actually need, which is why we hanker after sports watches that can submerge to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, Arctic-spec down jackets to withstand a snow flurry in Surrey and, yes, sports utility vehicles that could cross the Darien Gap when all we really need them for is to bump over a parking kerb outside Starbucks. Genuine utility isn't quite so aspirational. Seats that you can clean a baby's worst efforts from, room in the back for a bookcase from IKEA, metronomic reliability; it's what people need but not what draws people into showrooms looking for a dotted line to sign. That's the size of the challenge facing Volkswagen's current generation Passat Estate, a car that does utility utterly brilliantly. Especially in this updated form.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, the key news for Passat buyers is the introduction of an extensively re-worked version of this model's volume 150PS diesel engine, now badged the 2.0 TDI EVO 150PS. As before, it can be had with a 7-speed DSG auto 'box and now features Active Cylinder Shutdown for greater efficiency, the first time that this feature has been fitted to a Volkswagen diesel engine. Diesel and 4MOTION 4WD feature as usual in the 'Alltrack' estate variant which gains a higher ride height for limited off road ability. For petrol people, there's the VW Group's familiar 150PS 1.5-litre TSI EVO unit, available with either manual or DSG auto transmission. Up to a quarter of Passat sales are expected to be taken by the Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric GTE version, which mates a 1.4 TSI petrol engine with an electric motor. This derivative now uses an upgraded lithium-ion battery which now enables a longer 36-mile WLTP-rated driving range. Across the line-up, there's a new 'Travel Assist' feature which allows the car to be driven at highway speeds in partly automated mode.

Design and Build

This eighth generation Passat Estate was shorter and lower than its predecessor but it was given a longer wheelbase, so there's slightly more room in size. The difficulty in attracting buyers away from the likes of BMW and Audi is that you need your product to offer all the attractions of a BMW and Audi but at a more competitive price. That includes looking as expensive as these brands, which is something the Passat Estate has often struggled to achieve. Not any more. At least not from the outside, where this facelifted model looks sleek, chiselled and polished with full-LED head and tail lights that emphasise the car's width. Inside, cabin quality is at least the equal of what you'd find in more expensive premium brand mid-sized saloon, especially if you're able to stretch to one of the higher trim levels. The interior features a big central 8-inch screen and a set of optional digital 'virtual' dials. The seats, as in most Volkswagens, initially feel unyielding but are supremely comfortable over longer distances. Three adults can fit in the back too - there's far more space than you'd get in a 3 Series, a C-Class or an A4. The boot measures an enormous 650-litres under the tonneau. Fold the seats down and that extends to a huge 1,780-litres. Big storage bins in the doors and centre console add everyday utility to the cabin.

Market and Model

The estate models add just over £1,500 to the prices of the saloons and there are three trim levels to choose from - 'SE', 'SEL' and 'R-Line'. DSG auto transmission is now standard across most of the range. Prices start at just under £26,000 for the entry-level 1.5-litre TSI petrol model in 'SE' trim. The 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel unit many want starts from just under £31,000. You'll need to spend at least around £38,000 for the GTE Plug-in hybrid. All variants are well equipped, even entry 'SE' derivatives featuring full-LED headlights. 'SEL' examples can be identified by their 17-inch 'Nivelle' alloy wheels, and also offer Vienna leather seats, the Discover Navigation system with an 8-inch colour screen and Voice Control. SEL cars also have tinted rear windows and silver roof rails for the Estate. 'R-Line' trim brings 18-inch 'Monterrey' alloy wheels, sports suspension, an R-Line exterior styling pack and Nappa leather front sport seats embroidered with the R-Line logo. There are also stainless steel pedals, 3Zone climate control and black roof lining, while keyless entry and an easy open boot also feature as standard on this top trim level. The Plug-in hybrid GTE version and the SUV-style 'Alltrack' estate variant get their own specific trim specs.

Cost of Ownership

The Passat Estate is a car that sells on pragmatism, so it's a critical component of its success that the running costs of the vehicle flag up all the right numbers. Remember that despite its increasingly urbane appeal, the bulk of this car's sales will still come from fleet buyers who don't give a brass tuppence about soft-touch dashboards, USB slots or how many watts the stereo has. For them it's about bills, bills, bills; residual values, fuel economy, carbon dioxide emissions, insurance costs, servicing overhead and so on. The Passat looks like it's getting off on the right foot. Go for the 1.5-litre TSI petrol model and your combined cycle fuel economy is rated at 43.8mpg (WLTP), while your CO2 return would be rated at 125g/km of CO2 (NEDC): pretty good for a large estate. The cleanest option is the GTE Plug-in petrol hybrid version, which can now go up to 36 miles (WLTP) between charges. Aggressive pricing sees the Passat square up more or less head on with tackle like the Vauxhall Insignia and engine for engine, the Passat is a good deal more economical and cleaner to boot. Pull residual values into the equation and the Passat wins hands down.

Summary

Sooner or later, as a potential customer here, you'll come to ask yourself the inevitable question about the Volkswagen Passat Estate, "Am I about to buy a boring car?" You might well ponder whether that makes you a boring person, but that association is a fallacy. If you are fundamentally boring, a Ferrari isn't going to magically endow you a Clooney-esque louche charm. Likewise, a Passat Estate, for all its undeniable utility, doesn't make you a boring person; merely one that understands what makes a great estate car. And it is a really outstanding vehicle for family buyers. Let's face it, who needs a lumbering SUV when estate cars are this good and this useful? To put the Passat Estate into that sort of perspective, consider this. To get the same interior quality and load space with all five seats in place, you'd need an SUV like a Mercedes GLE which, incidentally, starts at over fifty big ones. So don't ask yourself if you're being boring choosing a Passat Estate. Ask instead whether all those who buy big SUVs are being hoodwinked by slick marketing. If you've got this far, you probably know the answer to that one already.

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