VW Passat: Three into one can go

  • Passat comes second in the boot capacity charts
  • Boot can accommodate three golfers and their gear
  • Easy flip-down seat mechanism is a joy to behold

I think I'm obsessed. I'm obsessed with loadbay sizes: I study them and, once I have, it tends to heavily sway my opinion of a car.

This kind of behaviour is not completely illogical because I will allow for categories. I'm clearly not going to hold it against a BMW Z4 because it's got a smaller boot than say, a Ford Mondeo, but it might colour my decision if the Z4's boot is smaller than a Porsche Boxster for example (it's not, you get 310 litres of total boot capacity on a Z4 compared with the Boxster's total luggage capacity of 280 litres).

Yep, I need to get out more.

So, when I got the VW Passat a month and a half ago, it was greeted with open arms. I had scanned the rear seat-up/rear seat-down capacities of the rivals and interestingly, the Passat was right up there in second spot, only to be bumped out of first place by the Skoda Superb Estate.

So, for all you car boot-stat statos out there here's some figures for you:

Citroen C5 Estate - 505 litres (seats up), 1462 litres (seats down)

Ford Mondeo Estate - 537 (seats up), 1728 (seats down)

Honda Accord Tourer - 406 (seats up), 1183 (seats down)

Hyundai i40 Estate - 553 (seats up), 1719 (seats down)

Mazda6 Estate - 519 (seats up), 1751 (seats down)

Peugeot 508 SW - 512 (seats up), 1598 (seats down)

Renault Laguna Sports Tourer - 501 (seats up), 1593 (seats down)

SEAT Eveo - 442 (seats up), 1354 (seats down) 

Skoda Superb - 633 (seats up), 1865 (seats down)

Vauxhall Insignia Sport Tourer - 540 (seats up), 1530 (seats down)

VW Passat - 603 (seats up), 1731 (seats down)

So, that's a panoply of statistics where the Skoda Superb (interestingly another long-term test car in the capable hands of Parkers Editor Kieren Puffett) tops the class.

Fine, but what does all that litreage nonsense mean in practical terms?

Well, since I am a quite terrible golfer, one of the main criteria that's of primary importance (to me) is whether a car has enough room to easily carry a set of golf clubs.

On a recent visit to Finchley Golf Club I asked my two golfing buddies to lend me their equipment to see if the Passat could comfortably house three sets of clubs. 

Width-wise there was no chance of that happening and length-wise, without the rear seats folded down, the Passat was unable to accommodate the triplet of sets with decapitating the club heads.

A quick flick of two levers that made the rear seatback to flip down yielded the required results. Thing is, with the rear seats down it left one of my golfing buddies without transport so I flipped one rear seat back up and we were able to get on our way without any of us needing public transport.

So, all good. Three golfers, three bags, three golf trolleys - all in one Passat. Easy peasy.

Current mileage: 14,349 miles

Average mpg: 42.9mpg