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Volkswagen PASSAT DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG

Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
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Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 2.0 TDI EVO 190 R Line 5dr DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph8.1 secs
  • Top Speed144 mph
  • C02120 g/km
  • BHP190
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D31%

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.

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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

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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Driver Convenience
Front and rear parking sensors
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
Low washer fluid warning light
Multifunction computer includes visual gear
One touch indicator turn signal
Remote tailgate unlocking
Security and service including e-call
Speed sensitive power steering
Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
Travel assist - Lane assist and traffic jam assist
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Wireless app connect
Exterior Features
Daytime running lights
Solid paint
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
Heated windscreen washer jets
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
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
Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
Interior Features
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
Front and rear reading lights, x 2 incorporating LED technology
Multifunction steering wheel including paddle shift
12V socket in front centre console
Climate control - 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation
Driver's door storage compartment for 1.0 litre bottle
ergoComfort seat with seat cushion tilt adjustment, thigh support and electric backrest adjustment on the driver side
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
Front seats with lumbar adjustment split folding rear seat backrest 40:20:40
Heated front seats
Heated outer rear seats
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
LED entrance/warning lights in front doors
Load lashing points x 4 in luggage compartment
Load through provision
Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
Luggage compartment lighting
Nappa leather upholstery
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 front and rear carpet mats
Packs
Ambient lighting pack - Passat
Discover navigation pack - Passat
Easy open package with safe protection - Passat
NCAP pack - Passat
R line styling pack - Passat
Safety
ESC (Electronic stability control) + EDL (Electronic Differential lock) and ASR (Traction control), EDTC (Engine drag torque control)
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
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
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
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Warning light for rear seat belts if unfastened
Technical
Sports suspension
Battery regeneration during braking
Diesel particulate filter
Misfuel prevention device
Wheels
18" Monterrey alloy wheels with sealing tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts
Space saver spare wheel
Low rolling resistance tyres
Entertainment
Aerial for radio integrated into rear windscreen
Security
Alarm with interior protection
Electronic engine immobiliser
Keyless entry system including start/stop button on centre console
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Trim
Chrome air vent and instrument surround
Unique R Line decorative inserts for dash and door panels
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 118
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1968
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Code CB548Z
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 48.7
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 190
Coin Description TDI 190
Coin Series R Line
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 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 130000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.1
Engine Power - BHP 190
Engine Power - KW 140
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 295
Engine Torque - MKG 40.8
Engine Torque - NM 400
Engine Torque - RPM 1900
Top Speed 144
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 235/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear 235/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style MONTERREY
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1516
Length 4773
Wheelbase 2786
Width (including mirrors) 2083
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 66
Gross Vehicle Weight 2190
Max. Loading Weight 665
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1525
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.7

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Area view £800.00
Head up Display £520.00
Park assist steering with front/rear parking sensors £215.00
Rear view camera £335.00
Trailer assist steering with park assist £500.00
Exterior Features
Electric panoramic sunroof, glass sliding/tilting including integrated roller blind £995.00
High matrix LED headlights with dynamic curve + light assist, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with static cornering, animated indicator £1,515.00
Metallic paint £620.00
Pearlescent paint £620.00
Signature metallic paint £795.00
Signature premium paint £1,040.00
Special solid paint £370.00
Towbar with electric swivel function £930.00
Interior Features
14 way electric adjustable front seats + driver seat lumbar support with massage/memory function and comfort entry/exit function £995.00
Black roof lining £245.00
Heated steering wheel, multi function and leather trimmed £200.00
Luggage net £70.00
Rubber boot mat £50.00
Packs
Ambient lighting plus pack - Passat £250.00
Discover navigation pro pack - Passat £2,200.00
Dynaudio confidence soundpack - Passat £1,150.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Manganese grey £620.00
Metallic - Pyrite Silver £620.00
Metallic - Reflex silver £620.00
Metallic - Tamarind brown £620.00
Pearl - Deep black £620.00
Signature metallic - Aquamarine blue £795.00
Signature metallic - Lapiz blue £795.00
Signature premium - Oryx white £1,040.00
Solid - Urano grey FOC
Special solid - Pure white £370.00
Special solid - Tornado red £370.00
Safety
Tyre pressure monitoring system £145.00
Technical
Dynamic chassis control £895.00
XDS electronic differential lock £200.00
Trim
Nappa leather - Black/flint grey FOC
Nappa leather - Titan black FOC
Wheels
18" Wolverton R GmbH silver alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts £250.00
19" Pretoria GmbH silver alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts £995.00
19" Verona GmbH silver alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts £600.00
Full size alloy spare wheel £160.00
* option prices shown are estimated