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Volkswagen Passat R36 running costs and reliability

2008 - 2010 (change model)
Running costs rating: 2 out of 52.0

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 28 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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The R36 is not a car to buy if you’re worried about running costs. Fuel costs are the biggest concern with both the estate and saloon versions averaging 27mpg while high emissions will mean expensive annual road tax. Volkswagen servicing isn’t particularly cheap either while insurance is equally as pricey. Consumables such as tyres and brakes are another factor to consider.

Performance cars such as the R36 are rarely kind to the environment and with CO2 emissions of 249g/km the Passat is no exception. It’s thirsty too – with an official fuel consumption figure of 27mpg, although hard driving will quickly see this drop to below 20mpg.

Volkswagen has a superb and well-deserved reputation for quality and its high performance Passat should be no different. The engine is a development of the well-proven 3.2-litre used in the standard car while build quality and interior finish are as upmarket as you’d expect.