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Passat Estate SE Nav

FROM £30,940.00

  • LED headlamps
  • Park distance control in front and rear
  • Front fog lamp and cornering lamp
  • Titan-Black/Ravel grey cloth in 'Django' style
  • "Discover" Navigation system including Streaming and internet

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SE Nav

Passat Estate SEL

FROM £31,570.00

  • Vienna Leather pack
  • LED headlamps
  • Park distance control in front and rear
  • "Discover" Navigation system including Streaming and internet
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards, approx. 65% tinted

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SEL

Passat Estate R-Line

FROM £34,695.00

  • LED headlamps
  • Park distance control in front and rear
  • "Discover" Navigation system including Streaming and internet
  • Alloy wheels 18" 'Monterey'
  • Nappa Leather with Climatronic 3 zone

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R-Line

Passat Estate R-Line Edition

FROM £44,515.00

  • Leather package "Nappa" with top comfort seats in front
  • 19" 'Pretoria' alloy wheels
  • IQ.LIGHT - LED Matrix headlamps with LED sep. daytime running light, dynamic cornering light and dynamic turn signal
  • Parking sensors, front and rear
  • Discover Navigation Pro with Digital cockpit
  • Travel Assist - lane assist and traffic jam assist
  • R-Line Edition exclusive styling pack

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R-Line Edition

Passat Estate GTE

FROM £38,760.00

  • Alloy wheels 17" 'Nivelle' Black
  • "Discover" Navigation system including Streaming and internet
  • Vienna Leather
  • All-LED headlights with reflector technology.
  • Parking sensors front and rear

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GTE

Passat Estate GTE Advance

FROM £41,450.00

  • IQ.Light' LED Matrix headlights incl. Dynamic light assist and animated indicators
  • "Discover" Navigation Pro with Digital cockpit
  • Vienna Leather
  • Travel Assist- Lane assist and traffic jam assist
  • Parking sensors front and rear

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GTE Advance

From £27,185

or from £385 per month

New Volkswagen Passat Estate

Designed for people with busy lives

Combining intuitive technology, a spacious interior and dynamic styling with familiar convenience, reliability and comfort. Everything about the new Passat Estate is designed to make your busy life easier.

Finance Example

Finance Example

Solutions Personal Contract Plan† representative example subject to 10,000 miles per annum for a New Passat Estate GTE 1.4 TSI 218PS DSG 5 door

$4,000 towards your finance deposit | £385 Per Month

Duration 4  years
47 monthly payments of £385.00
Deposit contribution 1 £4,000.00
Customer deposit £7,417.97
Retail cash price £38,310
Acceptance fee 2 £0.00
Optional final payment £12,568.50
Option to purchase fee 3 £10.00
Total amount payable £42,091.14
Total amount of credit £26,892.36
Representative APR % 4.9% APR
Rate of interest p.a. 4.8% fixed
Excess mileage charge 12p per mile

†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. 2Acceptance fee is not required. 3Payable at the end of your agreement. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Available on New Passat Estate models only. Offer available when ordered by 30/06/20 from participating Retailers. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. *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. Accurate at time of publication 01/04/20. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services.

CONTRACT HIRE AGREEMENT

REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLE Passat Estate SE Nav 2.0 TDI 150PS manual
Monthly Rental £294.82
Initial Rental £884.47
Contract Length 35 months
Annual Mileage 10,000 mpa
Excess mileage 7p per mile

^No ownership option Business users only. Excess mileage at 7p per mile and damage charges may apply. All Prices Exclude VAT. VAT payable at 20%. 18s+. Subject to status and availability. T&Cs and exclusions apply. Offer available for vehicles ordered by 30/06/20 from participating Retailers. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Accurate at 01/04/20. 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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