Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 7.0 - 9.7 mpp
Diesel engines 7.3 - 12.1 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 40.2 - 43.1 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 32.8 - 45.6 mpg
Diesel engines 36.2 - 60.1 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 188.3 - 201.8 mpg
  • GTE offers 33-mile electric range
  • Affordable PCP finance costs
  • Petrol and diesels economical

VW Passat Estate 2019 GTE plug-in hybrid

Overall Volkswagen Passat Estate running costs are pretty low for a car of this size. The less powerful petrol and diesel versions offer the prospect of surprisingly reasonable fuel economy, while finance costs are set to be good value, too. With relatively low-emission petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid models available, emissions are relatively low across the board.

Consider the cost of financing the car in the first place and it's possible the 1.5-litre petrol could prove cheaper to finance and fuel than the 1.6-litre diesel, however, and potentially the far pricier (in cash terms) plug-in hybrid, too.

Volkswagen Passat Estate emissions are set to be low across the board for the updated mid-2019-on model.

Opt for the 1.5-litre petrol and it claims to reach between 39.2-45.6mpg (WLTP real-world testing) depending on spec and gearbox. The larger 2.0-litre TSI 190 ranges between 34.9-36.2mpg and the most powerful 2.0-litre TSI 4Motion with 272hp averages between 32.8-33.2mpg.

Diesel economy and performance

Head down the diesel route and the 1.6-litre TDI comes with a claimed 44.8-48.7mpg. Opt for the more powerful 2.0-litre TDI 150 and this figure actually improves, rising up to 51.4-57.6mpg – again, depending on gearbox and spec.

During our time of testing, the 2.0-litre TDI 150 with the automatic gearbox saw mpg figures hovering around the mid-to-high 40s over a mixed range of roads. On a gentle motorway cruise, this went up to an indicated 51.2mpg - short of the official figures, but we suspect you can get closer on certain journeys.

On a full tank of fuel, the indicated range was 650-miles, making this more handy than the petrol models if you cover a high number of miles. Adblue range is also indicated at 10,500 miles per tank.

Stop-start is standard on all models, and while there are no mild-hybrid systems fitted to any of the engines yet, there is at least a coastal function on the diesel model we tested. This activates in Comfort drive mode and disengages drive from the engine when you come off the accelerator pedal, allowing you to coast while the engine revs drop down to idle speed. An ‘eco’ symbol on the trip computer indicates when this function is in use. For 1.5-litre petrol models with cylinder deactivation, the same symbol shows when the engine shuts down two of the cylinders to maximise fuel efficiency.

The more powerful 2.0-litre 190 sees these figures dip to 45.6-48.7mpg, although this dips to 42.2-45.6mpg if you opt for the all-wheel drive 4Motion version. The most powerful 2.0-litre BiTDI 4Motion model claims to reach between 36.2-38.2mpg.

What about the plug-in hybrid GTE?

The plug-in hybrid GTE comes with a claimed 201.8mpg and an electric-only range of 33 miles. To get anywhere near these figures, you’d ideally have the battery topped-up for every single journey. During our time of testing, we managed to average 47.8mpg on a route that was mostly motorway and driven in hybrid mode. However, due to the absence of a charging point at our destination, our return journey required the engine to charge the battery up at the same time, reducing this to 38.8mpg.

With a 50-litre fuel tank and a full battery, we saw a predicted range of approximately 420 miles. The system defaults to electric-only mode at the start of each journey, which is perfect on shorter trips and minimises the use of fuel, but the E-Mode button beside the gearlever lets you alternate between this and hybrid mode to activate the petrol engine.

VW Passat Estate 2019 GTE hybrid mode

Charging time is indicated to take over three hours using a 3.6 kW AC wall box, or five hours using the three-pin mains socket.

Green credentials

The smallest diesel engine isn’t actually the cleanest when it comes to CO2 emissions, with the 1.6-litre TDI emitting 151-166g/km.

The 2.0-litre TDI 150 beats it with figures of 128-145g/km, depending on gearbox and trim level, while the more powerful 190 version rises up to 155-162g/km – creeping up 163-175g/km if you.opt for the all-wheel 4Motion version. The most powerful 2.0-litre 240 BiTDI 4Motion diesel emits between 193-204g/km.

The 1.5-litre TSI ranges between 141-154g/km depending on trim level and gearbox, while the 2.0-litre TSI with 190hp emits 178-184g/km. The most powerful 2.0-litre TSI 4Motion is the highest-emitting petrol engine with an output of 192-196g/km of CO2.

The petrol-electric plug-in hybrid GTE offers the best figures of 31-38g/km, along with the prospect of zero-emission driving if you keep the battery topped up.

Reliability

  • Interior feels built to last
  • Very high quality materials used
  • Engines and gearboxes used widely

Volkswagen Passat Estate reliability shouldn’t keep you awake at night. It’s certainly a solid-feeling machine, with the switchgear and driving controls nicely weighted to exude quality. Furthermore, all engines and gearboxes are used widely across other VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda models, meaning they should be well proven with easy-to-source parts.

Two recalls were issued for the Passat in 2019, with one relating to the welding of the rear seat bench and the other relating to the engine providing too little torque at low speeds. The former affected a relatively small number of 54 models sold, but it's worth checking the history at the dealership to make sure if yours is one of them and if this had been done.

VW Passat Estate 2019 rear roofline

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £475
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Insurance group 12 - 33
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