Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Mammoth boot - seats up or down
  • More luggage space than rivals
  • Plenty of rear passenger space

VW Passat Estate 2019 rear seats

The old version wasn’t exactly what you’d call small, but Volkswagen Passat Estate practicality is better than ever now. The car is lower and shorter on the outside, but thanks to a larger distance between front and rear wheels it’s actually slightly bigger inside. The roofline is a bit lower, but there’s still ample headroom for front and rear occupants.

There are loads of cubbies to store valuables away from prying eyes, including a cubby box beneath the front armrest with a USB-C socket, a sunglasses holder up front by the rear-view mirror, a decent-sized glovebox and cup-holders all-round. All the door bins are lined to stop things rattling around and those sat in the rear get pockets on the front seat backs.

Being an estate, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the boot. While the old Passat Estate had a 603-litre load space, the new model vastly improves on that and measures a massive 650 litres. This means it fairly demolishes the competition from Mazda and Ford, with the 6 Estate and Mondeo Estate, measuring 506 and 560 litres respectively.

A wide opening boot, flat boot floor and decent width means that whether you have heavy bags of compost, a large single mattress or a substantial haul of flat-pack furniture, you shouldn't have trouble fitting these in the back of the Passat Estate.

If you fold the seats down and fill the boot up to the roof, a huge 1,780 litres is unlocked. This makes the Passat Estate one of the most useful load-lugging cars available.

You may want to spec the optional electric tailgate if you’re worried about practicality. It makes life so much easier when you have a handful of shopping bags or wayward children to keep in check.

The Passat Estate may be a large car, but with large windows and door mirrors, a relatively low window line, plus, front and rear parking sensors and this is one of the easiest large cars to park - especially when compared with high-riding SUVs.

Safety

  • Passat Estate gains plenty of new 2019-on safety kit
  • Not the newest car but lots of semi-autonomous tech included
  • Can drive semi-autonomously up to around 130mph

The Volkswagen Passat is a five-star Euro NCAP car. As you’d expect from a modern executive estate car, there’s a huge amount of safety equipment on offer here. We’d say that Volkswagen Passat Estate safety levels are very high indeed.

Passat safety was boosted in mid-2019 to include standard LED headlights, an improved voice control system to let you change settings without having to prod the touchscreen media system, and more sophisticated driver-assistance tech.

VW Passat Estate 2019 R Line headlight

The safety equipment installed on even base models includes knee and rear side airbags, post-collision braking system (which holds brakes after an accident to prevent further crashes), mis-fuelling prevention, the Driver Alert System (will alert you if the car detects signs of fatigue) and Bluetooth connectivity for your mobile phone.

These SE-spec cars also include autonomous emergency braking, automatic lights and rain-sensing wipers and lane-keeping assist. The button for the latter is conveniently located on the left column stalk so you can avoid sifting through the trip computer menus - plus, it's now updated to recognise kerbs and grass verges - and not just road markings, to keep you within your lane.

There's also adaptive cruise control - which can maintain a safe distance behind the car in front, predictively slowing the car when approaching slower speed limits and speeding it up when the limit increases. This is thanks to the car being able to read road signs and slowing automatically for bends, roundabouts, junctions and towns, in conjunction with the sat-nav maps. Choose an automatic gearbox and the car can even slow itself to a standstill and set off again in traffic.

The system is one of the better ones we’ve tried, chiefly because it responds to vehicles ahead early enough to gently apply the brakes a little sooner, whereas rivals can be abrupt when doing this and make for a less relaxing experience. The system can be a little slow to regain speed afterwards, but this is on a par with everyone else.

VW Passat Estate 2019 cruise control buttons

Optional features include the Traffic Jam Assist. This will actually drive the car for you at very low speeds, taking care of accelerating, braking and steering. It only works at very low speeds, but will really take the effort out of stop-start traffic jams.

More than this, the Passat is the first Volkswagen with the possibility of semi-autonomous driving up to the speed of 130mph with Travel Assist, a substantial improvement on the previous version that operated up to around 35mph. A newly-fitted Emergency Steering Assist system is also available.

How many Isofix car seats can I fit?

Despite being a very large, practical family car, only two Isofix child seat mounting points are available on the VW Passat. That limits its viability for families that need to transport three or more child seats, meaning that other models make more sense for those with multiple small children.

Watch: VW Passat Euro NCAP video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Passat Estate.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Bluemotion equipment

Bluemotion standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
Bluemotion optional equipment
None available

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
GT optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers

GTE equipment

GTE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
GTE optional equipment
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

GTE Advance equipment

GTE Advance standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
GTE Advance optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
R Line optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator

R Line Edition equipment

R Line Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • DVD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
R Line Edition optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator

SE Business equipment

SE Business standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Business optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Heated seats

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Nav optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Roof rails

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SEL optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Roof rails

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Passat Estate was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2014
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 85%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 66%
Safety Assist: 76%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.