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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Passat Estate

Overall verdict
Nothing radically’s altered with the new Passat, but a lot of it is now better than ever.


A very good Passat estate, and we mean that as a complement


Like the class swot, it’s a bit dull


What is it?

Volkswagen doesn’t like to surprise its customers, and if there’s a group that would particularly frown upon some utterly random flight of fancy, it’s Passat estate buyers. So the new one is just like the old one – just a bit posher, a bit smarter, a bit tidier. 

Oh, and a lot better to drive. See, this time, it’s based on the now-almost-ubiquitous VW Group MQB platform that you’ll read so much about elsewhere in this guide. Because it’s so flexible, it’s been stretched out to create the most commodious load-lugging Passat ever, but clever engineering tech means it hasn’t gained weight or got any less green (indeed, both are down for this latest generation car). Bound to find favour with its loyal buyers, that. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TSI GT 4dr DSG [Panoramic Roof]
6.9s 149g/km 44.1 220 £33,800
The cheapest
1.4 TSI S 4dr
9.9s 124g/km 53.3 125 £23,575
The greenest
1.6 TDI Bluemotion 5dr
11.0s 96g/km 74.3 120 £26,430
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