VW Passat Estate - Best estate cars

Upmarket design and plenty of hi-tech kit mark out this perennial family estate

The eighth-generation Passat Estate has attempted to bridge the gap between the family car class and premium models. It's based on an enlarged version of the VW Group’s versatile MQB platform, and it has more space than ever. 

Lighter than the model it replaces, the Passat Estate also has improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions. However, the reality is that it sits in the middle ground in the executive estate market.

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On the one hand it goes up against traditional competition such as the Ford Mondeo EstateVauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer and Mazda 6 Tourer, while on the other, Volkswagen has made the Passat posher than ever before so it can do battle with premium cars like the BMW 3 Series TouringMercedes C-Class EstateAudi A4 Avant and Volvo V60.

Volkswagen Passat estate review

This positioning is reflected in the prices, too. The entry-level Passat Estate S starts at around £1,500 more than the equivalent new Ford Mondeo Estate, while the range-topping Passat Estate R-Line costs about £2,000 less than a BMW 330d xDrive M Sport Touring.

At the very top of the tree is the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid, with prices sat around the £40,000 mark. That gets you a 1.4 TSI petrol engine linked to an electric motor and battery pack for a 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds and official economy of 156.9mpg, which you could achieve if you plug it in every time it's parked.

There are a number of other engines to choose from. The cheapest is a 118bhp 1.6 TDI while further up the range there is a 2.0 TDI with 148bhp or 187bhp and a twin-turbocharged, high-performance 2.0-litre. Called BiTDI, this engine sits at the top of the range, has 237bhp at its disposal and only comes with a twin-clutch DSG automatic gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

Best estate cars to buy in 2019

  1. 1. Skoda Octavia Estate
  2. 2. BMW 5 Series Touring
  3. 3. Volvo V60
  4. 4. Skoda Superb Estate
  5. 5. Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
  6. 6. Volvo V90
  7. 7. Mercedes E-Class Estate
  8. 8. Peugeot 308 SW
  9. 9. Volkswagen Passat Estate
  10. 10. BMW 3 Series Touring

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