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Volkswagen PASSAT ESTATE 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG

Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
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Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
Volkswagen PASSAT 1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph7.6 secs
  • Top Speed138 mph
  • C0239 g/km
  • BHP218
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D16%

Review

Volkswagen's plush medium range contender goes green in plug-in petrol electric hybrid GTE form. A nature lover dressed in a business suit, the Passat GTE delivers all the style and status a busy professional would need but does so with green-tinged smugness. Expect it to be a bit pricier than diesel models though.

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Volkswagen has updated the technology of its plug-in hybrid Passat GTE. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Over eight generations, the Volkswagen Passat has evolved from a slightly oddly-proportioned family car into today's handsome saloon or estate model that comes close to stepping on the toes of sister-brand, Audi. The GTE suffix was first used on the Golf plug-in hybrid and the technology was subsequently introduced into the Passat range, reducing emissions and improving fuel economy in a car that traditionally covers higher mileage. Plug-in hybrid technology will make a lot more sense for many buyers than conventional hybrid engines do. Keep the car charged up and if all you cover is a normal commuting distance, you could conceivably never have to fuel the car up at all. Yet, unlike a full-electric car, there's seamless transition to full engine technology for longer distances. This revised Passat GTE gets a bigger drive battery, 30% more zero-emissions range and some extra drive mode functionality.

Driving Experience

Moving off from a standstill, the Passat always begins in silent electric mode. Once on the move (or when it's more prudent to save battery-life to use later on in the journey), e-Mode can be turned off and the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine will take over. As the GTE drives in this setting, it will be recharging the battery pack and making full use of regenerative braking to top up the electricity on board. When the two power units are working together, they produce a combined 218PS, which allows the car to accelerate to 62mph in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 140mph. The characteristics of an electric motor mean that the full power is available instantly, unlike in an internal combustion unit where the maximum output is only available when it reaches a certain engine speed. This can often have the effect of making a hybrid or electric car feel quicker than the figures suggest. The Passat GTE can achieve 81mph on electric mode, so there is no concern about travelling at motorway speeds, and in this revised model, the battery range has increased fto up to 36 miles under new-style WLTP rating. This improved design is also able to blend petrol and electric power more cleverly when you're using the car's more laid-back driver modes to emphasise real-world fuel economy. And it can use data from the navigation system to decide when to run the car on its electric motor, when to run it under petrol power, and how the two power sources should be combined to get you efficiently to your destination.

Design and Build

After seven generations of slightly quirky design, the eighth VW Passat emerged as a rather handsome, well proportioned automobile and has been improved in this revised form with full-LED head and tail lights that emphasise the car's width. The GTE variant is available not only as a saloon but also in an estate guise that gives this hybrid excellent load carrying ability and versatility. The exterior is thoroughly modern and gives this generation Passat a more prestigious appearance than its predecessor. A narrow blue line across the top of the grille identifies this as the plug-in hybrid model. A high-quality interior reinforces the grand touring purpose of the GTE, with comfortable ergonomic seats designed to reduce driver fatigue on longer journeys. Compared to the diesel models, the only compromise in space is down to the placement of the lithium-ion battery pack under the rear seats, which has resulted in the fuel tank taking up some hidden storage space in boot of the car. As in any normal Passat, the dashboard features a big central screen (in this revised car, it's VW's third generation 'MIB' touchscreen infotainment system). In the case of the GTE, this display has a range of other eco-minded functions. Through the steering wheel, you can specify 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.

Market and Model

There's inevitably a premium to pay for this GTE over, say, a top Passat diesel and these days, there's no helpful government Plug-in car grant to soften the blow. Nevertheless, Volkswagen still thinks this GTE variant will account for around 25% of Passat sales. That's despite the fact that you'll need to approach purchase with a budget of around £36,500 in mind. That's for the standard saloon variant; you'll need another £1,500 for the Estate derivative. There are standard and 'advance' trim levels. The GTE comes with 'Car-Net Guide & Inform', a system that delivers information such as traffic, petrol prices, and free parking, to the navigation screen through a range of apps. Many of these apps can be controlled via your smartphone. Car-Net e-Remote allows you to monitor the charge of your GTE battery, and can help direct you to your Passat if you've returned to a busy car park without remembering where exactly you had parked. Other equipment includes a blue-stitched, leather-trimmed three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, 2Zone climate control and a 'Composition Media' infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. This offers access to Bluetooth telephony, the usual informational functions, SD card and USB connectivity and a DAB tuner as part of an eight-speaker stereo system.

Cost of Ownership

First the headlines. Volkswagen claims an unlikely-sounding 217.9mpg WLTP combined cycle fuel figure for this car, along with a squeaky-clean 29g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Plus under the WLTP cycle, it's now supposed to be able to travel on full-electric power for up to 36 miles when fully-charged. In other words, if the vehicle is only used for short commutes and re-charged regularly overnight, it is conceivable that this GTE can be run entirely on off-peak electricity, costing pennies rather than pounds to consume. The combined range of the petrol and electric motor is around 660 miles, making it an ideal comfortable car for longer journeys. The extent to which you can charge this car up from the mains is also obviously going to make quite a difference to your overall running costs. Doing so inevitably takes a lot less time than it would in a comparable full-electric car - say something like a Nissan Leaf. That's because the batteries of a Plug-in hybrid car like this one are much smaller. Powering this Volkswagen up from a domestic socket would take four hours and fifteen minutes, but most owners will want to find an extra couple of hundred pounds to install a Wallbox charger in their garages. Use such a wallbox - or indeed plug in to one of the many public charging points springing up around the country - and you'll be able to reduce your charging time period from empty to just two hours and thirty minutes.

Summary

This Passat GTE will make a lot of sense for the right kind of buyer, scoring in the way that it makes something so complicated so universally acceptable. There's no weird bodywork. No confusing digital read-outs. No odd driving technique to master. Here, you simply get a Passat very much as you might have always known it. Just one with a little extra to offer. Yes, differences come with the plug-in hybrid technology, but as a driver, you're not forced to embrace them. Indeed, drive this car in full-engine mode and you could conceivably fail to notice anything out of the ordinary about it at all. Everything's so straightforward - so normal. Just leave the thing in its 'Hybrid Auto' setting and you'll get diesel-like fuel economy with a real surging turn of pace when you need it. Even if you never once plugged this car in, you'd probably be perfectly happy with what you had. It's all deceptively unique. It's all a taste of the future - but in a car very much for today.

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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
Car-Net Security and Service
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
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
Charging point inlet on radiator grille
Chrome side window surrounds
Front and rear electric windows
Fully galvanised body
Heated rear window
High level 3rd brake light
High matrix LED headlights with dynamic curve + light assist, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with static cornering, animated indicator
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
Trapezoid exhaust tailpipes, left and right
Unique GTE badging
Unique GTE radiator grille with blue strip
Warning lights for open tailgate and doors
White instrument lighting
Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
Interior Features
Front and rear reading lights, x 2 incorporating LED technology
12V socket in front centre console
Blue ambient lighting
Climate control - 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation
Driver's door storage compartment for 1.0 litre bottle
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
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 + rear carpet mats
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 lumbar adjustment split folding rear seat backrest 40:20:40
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
Leather trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel and gear knob with blue contrast stitching
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
Rear seat centre armrest with storage compartment
Storage compartment in rear doors
Storage compartment in roof console with cover
Two charging cables 16amp for wallbox/chargepoints (mode 3) and 10amp mains charge cable (mode 2)
Vienna leather upholstery + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets
Packs
Ambient lighting pack - Passat
Discover navigation pro pack - Passat
Easy open package with safe protection - Passat
NCAP 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
Blue brake callipers
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
Exterior e-sound
Misfuel prevention device
Petrol Particulate Filter
Wheels
18" Monterrey alloy wheels with sealing tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts
Low rolling resistance tyres
Tyre mobility kit
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
Cross hatch decorative inserts in dash and door panels
Unique GTE instrument cluster
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Capacity in kWh 13
Battery Charge Slow kW 2.3
Battery Charge Slow Percentage 0-100
Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes) 300
Battery Charge Fast kW 3.6
Battery Charge Fast Percentage 0-100
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes) 213
Battery Leased No
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Coupler/Connector Type Type 2
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb 16.7
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb 3.7
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City 59
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb 55
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City 37
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb 34
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 37
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1395
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Code CB56YY
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
Fuel Consumption - PHEV
WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb 0.6
WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb 470.8
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb 6.8
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.9
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.8
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High 7.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High 5.6
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low 9.6
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium 6
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb 41.5
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max 40.9
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min 41.5
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High 39.8
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High 50.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low 29.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium 47.1
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb 1.4
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max 1.6
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min 1.4
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb 201.8
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max 176.6
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min 201.8
General
Badge Engine CC 1.4
Badge Power 218
Coin Description TSI
Coin Series GTE Advance
Generation Mark 6
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 28E
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 150000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.6
Engine Power - BHP 218
Engine Power - KW 160
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 1550
Top Speed 138
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
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 1521
Length 4773
Wheelbase 2786
Width (including mirrors) 2083
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 2260
Max. Loading Weight 575
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1685
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.7

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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48 months 10,000 miles p/a £565.03 p/m £28.00 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
+VAT
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Contract Length
Initial Rental
Annual Mileage
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

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
Metallic paint £620.00
Pearlescent paint £620.00
Signature premium paint £1,040.00
Special solid paint £370.00
Towbar with electric swivel function £930.00
Interior Features
Black roof lining £245.00
Luggage net £70.00
Rubber boot mat £50.00
Packs
Ambient lighting plus pack - Passat £250.00
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 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
Vienna leather upholstery - Mistral grey + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets FOC
Vienna leather upholstery - Titan black + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets FOC
Wheels
18" Liverpool silver alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts £250.00
18" Oxford silver alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts £250.00
18" Wolverton R GmbH silver alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts £250.00
* option prices shown are estimated