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Volkswagen Passat Estate Review

Auto Express

13 October 2014

Volkswagen has done a neat job with the styling of the eighth-generation Passat Estate and it’ll appeal both to new buyers and traditional customers alike. That’s due to the new car clearly bearing stylistic resemblances to the two previous generations of the model while adding more dynamism and presence to the overall look.

That extra presence has been made possible due to positioning the engine lower in the engine bay allowing VW’s designers to lower the bonnet and shift the windscreen towards the rear giving a more ‘cab-backward design’. It gives a more sporty look overall. Furthermore, while the car may look larger and have a 78mm-longer wheelbase increasing passenger space, the Passat Estate is in fact 2mm shorter than the model it replaces.

If you want your Passat Estate to cut a real dash at the supermarket and office car park, you’ll have to step into SE from £24,840 as this model gets 17-inch alloys and posh chrome trim window surrounds. SE Business adds front fog lights while GT throws some more flare into the mix by featuring gloss black b-pillars, 18-inch alloys, LED taillights and extra chrome detailing. The range-topping Bi-TDI has all-LED taillights while R-Line cars’ visual appeal is boosted by sporty front bumpers, wider side sills and snazzy trapezoidal exhaust pipes.

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