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Volkswagen PASSAT ESTATE 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG

Stock Offer Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
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Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG156.90
  • 0-62mph7.6 secs
  • Top Speed140 mph
  • C0240 g/km
  • BHP218
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D13%

Review

We tend to think of cars in either 'premium' or 'volume' terms. Here though, is one that could comfortably fit within either definition, the revised version of the eighth generation Volkswagen Passat. Though targeted at the medium range Mondeo sector, it's long had an appeal stretching beyond, up towards the premium mid-sized executive saloon segment. Global buyers like that and the result is a worldwide favourite the Wolfsburg maker simply can't afford to get wrong. Hence the smarter looks, extra technology and efficient returns of this classy contender.

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This improved version of the MK8 Volkswagen Passat dials up the finesse still further and looks to build on its predecessor's phenomenal success. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

As much as we like to think that the automotive world revolves around this sceptred isle, the truth is somewhat different. Here, we hold up the BMW 3 Series as the paragon of success in building sales volumes on the back of premium build quality, but in global terms the 3 Series is a bit-part player compared to Volkswagen's Passat. How successful is the Passat? You might want to sit down for this one. It sells more than the entire product line-ups of BMW or Audi; fully 1.1 million cars a year, with China and the US the biggest recipients. It's a car that plays a very deft hand, bridging the gap between the mainstream and premium marques while delivering comfort and value that's often market-leading. It's why the Passat is now Volkswagen's most successful nameplate and the reason why Wolfsburg can't afford to get generation eight wrong. Hence this revised version.

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

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 has often struggled to achieve. Not any more. At least not from the outside, where this facelifted version of the eighth generation Passat 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 586-litres, while the estate gets even more, with 650-litres available under the tonneau.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels to choose from - 'SE', 'SEL' and 'R-Line' - and the usual saloon and estate body styles. Prices start at around £25,500, running up to around £40,000 and there's a premium of just over £1,500 if you want the estate. As before, there's the transmission choice of either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG auto, the self-shifter standardised further up the range. 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

For all the talk of premium quality and engine refinement, the Passat is a car that absolutely has to nail the right numbers when it comes to efficiency, largely because it still relies on company buyers for a significant slug of sales. If a fleet manager thinks the company's better off putting you in something Korean or Japanese, that's what you're going to get. Fortunately, this current car seems to make all the right numbers, aided by the fact that the volume 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel engine now joins the base 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol unit in offering 'Active Cylinder Shutdown'. This shuts down two of the engine's four cylinders under light-to-medium throttle loads to save fuel. The 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel manages up to 55.2mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and up to 106g/km (NEDC). The 1.5 TSI EVO petrol manages up to 45.7mpg (WLTP) and up to 122g/km (NEDC). The other engines look pretty efficient too. The Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric GTE can now go up to 36 miles (WLTP) between charges.

Summary

So, what have we here? A strong contender to be sure. This revised version of the eighth generation design, the fastest-selling Volkswagen on the planet, looks smarter than before, the interior feels upmarket and there are all sorts of super-slick systems and features that are more like those you'd expect to find in a BMW, an Audi or a Mercedes. It drives well too. Thankfully, Volkswagen hasn't tried to inject a whole load of unnecessary sportiness across the range. The Passat was always at its best as a comfortable mile muncher and the big steps forward that Volkswagen has made in refinement, comfort and economy in recent years make this car more accomplished than ever in that regard. Crucially too, it continues to combine all of this with residual values that often actually improve on those delivered by the premium brands. There are, it's true, more affordable, sharper handling choices in this class. But there are none that leave you with a nicer feeling when you wake up in the morning, pull the curtains and see one of these in your driveway. It's a feeling that's very Volkswagen. And perfectly Passat.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
Front and rear parking sensors
Adaptive cruise control
Analogue clock
Car-Net App-Connect
Door/tailgate open warning lights
Driver alert system
Driver profile selection
Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm
Low washer fluid warning light
Multi function display colour screen
Multifunction computer
Remote tailgate release
Rev counter with fuel gauge
Service interval indicator
Speed sensitive power steering
Traffic sign recognition
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Entertainment
8 speakers
Auxiliary socket for external device
Composition media system with Radio/CD/MP3
DAB Digital radio
MDI with USB/iPod connection cables
SD card slot
Exterior Features
LED headlight and daytime running lights + front fog lights with static cornering function
Solid paint
Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body coloured door mirrors
Chrome fog light surround
Chrome louvres in grille
Chrome side sills
Chrome side window surrounds
Chrome surround for air intake
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Fully galvanised body
Gloss black finish on B pillar
Headlight range control
Heated rear window
LED rear lights
LED rear number plate lights
Load sill protection
Rear wiper
Reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror
Silver roof rails
Trailer stability assist
Twin Trapezoidal tailpipes
Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
Interior Features
Alcantara/leather upholstery
Driver's lumbar support
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
Manual lumbar adjust on passenger's seat
12V socket in centre console
12V socket in luggage compartment
3 rear head restraints
3 spoke multifunction leather steering wheel including paddle shift
3 Zone electronic climate control with automatic air recirculation
4 boot load lashing points
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Blue ambient lighting
Driver's cushion tilt adjust
Entry lights on doors
Front + rear carpet mats
Front and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming function
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front comfort seats
Front cupholders x2 with covers
Front door pocket bottle holders
Height adjustable head restraints
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Isofix system on outer rear seats
Leather gearknob
Load through provision
Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
Luggage compartment cover, removable
Luggage compartment lighting
Rear centre armrest with cupholder and storage
Stainless steel pedals
Storage compartment in driver's door
Storage compartment in passenger's door
Storage compartment in rear doors
Storage compartment in roof console
Storage pockets in backrests of front seats
Variable boot floor
Packs
Ambient lighting pack - Passat
Winter pack - Passat - heated front seats
Safety
Tyre pressure loss indicator
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
ABS, brake assist and EBD
Automatic post collision braking
Blue brake calipers
Curtain airbags
Door open warning reflectors
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Driver/Front passenger WOKS head restraints
Drivers knee airbag
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
ESP with EDL + ASR
First aid kit
Front assist including city emergency braking
Front side airbags
Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
Hill hold function
Passenger airbag deactivation system
Rear seatbelt warning indicator
Rear side airbags
Trim
Brushed aluminium interior trim
Piano black centre console
Chrome air vent and instrument surround
White instrument dials
Wheels
18" Oxford anthracite alloy wheels with self sealing tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts
Tyre mobility system
Security
Alarm with interior protection
Electronic engine immobiliser
Keyless Start
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Capacity in kWh 9.9
Battery Charge Slow kW 2.3
Battery Charge Slow Percentage 0-100
Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes) 240
Battery Charge Fast kW 3.7
Battery Charge Fast Percentage 0-100
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes) 150
Battery Charge Rapid kW 7
Battery Charge Rapid Percentage 0-100
Battery Leased No
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Coupler/Connector Type Type 2
NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km 12.9
NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles 31
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage 99630
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years 8
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 40
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1395
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 156.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying Yes
Badge Engine CC 1.4
Badge Power 218
Coin Description TSI
Coin Series GTE
Generation Mark 6
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 26E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.6
Engine Power - BHP 218
Engine Power - KW 160
Engine Power - RPM 3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 140
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 235/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear 235/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style OXFORD ANTHRACITE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1516
Length 4767
Wheelbase 2786
Width 1832
Width (including mirrors) 2083
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 2250
Max. Loading Weight 560
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1690
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.7

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