The VW Passat Estate is a smart looking car - inside and out. For many, the Passat estate is the class leader with the latest model reinforcing its position in the segment.
The VW Passat Estate has an impressive range of engines to choose from - though they are all diesels – with the pick of the crop being the 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel unit which is cheap to run and delivers enough power for everyday use. The best economy comes from the 1.6 litre diesel unit producing 118 bhp in the BlueMotion guise which should return around 74 mpg with emissions of 95g/km. For those who want the extra power, there is an all-wheel drive version of the 2.0 litre twin-turbocharged engine that produces 237 bhp and lots of torque to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just over six seconds. There's also a hybrid version of the car available known as the VW Passat Estate GTE. Fuel economy for the Passat Estate's engines range from 50 mpg to 74 mpg.
Out on the road, the ride is comfortable and handling feels safe thanks to the grip of the car. Road noise is also minimised and there's plenty of equipment too including adaptive cruise control, driving modes and city emergency braking. There's also a 6.5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system and the option of an 8-inch screen. Other models come with larger alloy wheels and satnav. Safety equipment for the Passat estate includes traffic assist, parking assist and options for head-up display and blindspot monitoring.
The interior has been well-designed and it's one of the best around plus there's plenty of space for adult passengers as well. For those who need the extra boot size they will enjoy 650 litres and with the rear seats folded flat this will expand to 1,780 litres. The estate is competing in keenly fought segment and it's an interesting alternative for those who are wanting the space and performance; there’s a lot to recommend the Volkswagen Passat Estate which has all of the hallmarks that the German carmaker is good at from excellent build quality to reliability.
Essentially, the VW Passat Estate is a vehicle with a premium interior, plenty of grip and a comfortable ride in a well-made, well-designed estate car.
Why not have a look at the Volkswagen Passat Estate on the official VW UK company website and get the latest news about the Passat Estate at The UK Volkswagen Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the VW Passat Estate on the Top Gear website.