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VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT ESTATE

1.5 TSI EVO R-Line 5dr DSG

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

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

Volkswagen is very good at creating a premium driving experience. It always has been with the Passat Estate, so it is perhaps appropriate that the revised version of this eighth generation model was the first car in the company's range to showcase a whole new generation of media and active driving assist technology. The car's latest 'Travel Assist' system now allows 'level 2' partially-autonomous driving at speeds of up to 130mph and the Adaptive Cruise Control system's now predictive, meaning to can anticipate and adapt to road conditions before you reach them. All of which clues you up for what you're in for here. A driving experience that in every way is prioritised towards laid back comfort. Exactly as a typical Passat user would want. Refinement and ride quality are difficult to better in this class - even if you stretch to a contender with a posh premium badge. The flip side of that is that no version of this car is able to offer up a really memorable handling package. Mind you, typical Passat owners would probably be mystified by why such a thing would ever be needed. For them, a model of this kind is there for the journey, not for the way it should be driven. 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. You can have it with 122PS too. 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. 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 Estate 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 44.8mpg (WLTP), while your CO2 return would be rated at 143g/km of CO2: or up to 57.6mpg and 127g/km for the 2.0 TDI diesel; these figures 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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions150.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed133mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm
  • Lane assist
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Multifunction computer includes visual gear
  • One touch indicator turn signal
  • Proactive occupant protection
  • Security and service including e-call
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
  • Start/Stop function
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Wireless app connect

Entertainment

  • Aerial for radio integrated into rear windscreen
  • DAB Digital radio receiver

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Automatic leaving home and manual coming home lighting functions
  • Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured door mirrors with intergrated indicators
  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Fully galvanised body
  • Gloss black finish on B pillar
  • Heated rear window
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED rear lights
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Plastic load sill protection
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted
  • Rear window wash/wipe
  • Remote electrically adjustable and foldable heated door mirrors including automatic dimming function on drivers side door mirror puddle lights
  • Silver anodised roof rails
  • Warning lights for open tailgate and doors
  • White instrument lighting

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Carbon optic side bolsters
  • Climate control - 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation
  • Driver's door storage compartment for 1.0 litre bottle
  • Extending luggage compartment cover with convenience opening, stowable
  • Front and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming function
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
  • Front cupholders x2 with covers
  • Front passenger storage compartment for 1.5 litre bottle
  • Front seats with embroidered R Line logo on backrest
  • Height adjustable and removable variable boot floor
  • Height adjustable rear seat head restraints (x3)
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Isofix child seat preparation, outer rear seats
  • Load lashing points x 4 in luggage compartment
  • Load through provision
  • Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Rear seat centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Stainless steel pedals in clutch, brake and accelerator
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Storage compartment in roof console with cover
  • Unique R Line door sill protectors
  • Unique R Line front and rear carpet mats
  • Vienna leather upholstery + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets

Packs

  • Easy open package with full electric tailgate/ boot - Passat (Estate)
  • R line styling pack - Passat (Estate)

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS (Anti locking brake system) includes BAS (Brake assist) and EBD (Electronic brake pressure distribution)
  • Automatic post collision braking
  • Disc brakes front and rear
  • Door open warning reflectors
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints, longitudinal and height adjustable
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • First aid kit
  • Front airbags with deactivation switch
  • Front and rear passenger curtain airbags
  • Front side impact airbag
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Hill hold function
  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection
  • Rear seat side impact airbags
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Warning light for rear seat belts if unfastened

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Keyless entry system including start/stop button on centre console

Technical

  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Misfuel prevention device
  • Petrol Particulate Filter

Trim

  • Chrome air vent and instrument surround
  • Unique R Line dark diamond flag decorative inserts in dash and door panels

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    122
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    150

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1498
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Code
    CB54DZ
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    6.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    42.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    150
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    R Line
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    21E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    150000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    150
  • Engine Power - KW
    110
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    184
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    25.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    250
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    133

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

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
    MONTERREY
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1515
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4773
  • Wheelbase
    2786
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2083

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2070
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1780
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    650
  • Max. Loading Weight
    666
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    730
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1404
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.7
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

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"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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