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2015 Volkswagen Passat Estate review


06 October 2014

To arm the new Passat for a fight against such talented rivals, VW has pulled out all the stops, boosting interior quality, adding advanced new gadgets and assistance systems, and cutting CO2 emissions.

In the UK, the saloon and estate models will go on sale at exactly the same time with a choice of three diesel engines, with the estate predicited to take a slightly higher proportion of sales.

A 1.6 TDI with 118bhp props up the range, while a new 2.0-litre twin-turbo with 235bhp, four-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox is the flagship model, with two other 2.0-litre engines bridging that gap.

A plug-in hybrid model – called the GTE – with a 1.4-litre petrol engine and electric motor combined, will join the range later in 2015, along with a frugal Bluemotion version that will emit to just 95g/km of CO2. There will also be a rugged Alltrack variant of the Estate version, with beefed up styling, raised suspension and various other off-roading tweaks.

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