Of course, it offers the generous load space you would expect from an estate - a practical 1,641 litres* - but adds in the performance, technology and comfort of a luxury saloon.
The superb build quality, high specification and performance of this sixth generation model will make it very desirable to company car drivers, while the class-leading running costs, competitive on-the-road prices and Euro-IV compliant engines should please fleet managers. Add in high residual values and excellent after-sales service, and you are looking at an irresistible package.
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The new Passat Estate offers even more space and comfort for driver and passengers than its acclaimed predecessor, with extra legroom front and rear. Standard equipment across the range is impressive and generous, with all models enjoying Climatic semi-automatic air conditioning, electronic parking brake, press and drive ignition, roof rails and 16" alloy wheels. Optional equipment includes an integrated Bluetooth hands-free unit, combined DVD navigation/radio system and a 10-channel Dynaudio sound system.
Safety standards are of the highest level to give optimum protection in hazardous situations, with a six-airbag system - front, side and curtain - plus crash active head restraints to limit whiplash injury. To keep you safe on the road, the new Passat Estate features the following as standard:
All of which gained the Passat a top five star rating for occupant protection in the Euro NCAP crash test.**
And let's not forget appearance. It’s rare for an estate to be such a head-turner, with its striking chrome grille, low-set front end and smooth, flowing lines. The high quality upholstery inside the luxurious cabin and clearly arranged instrument panel make it a pleasure to be behind the wheel. An estate needs to be flexible and versatile and the new Passat Estate has a range of practical options to create the space you need. An adjustable rail and retractable strap let you stow cargo, from shopping to snowboards, safely and securely.
Benefitting from the same multi-link rear suspension and improved body rigidity as its sister saloon, the new Passat Estate is pure pleasure to drive, with smooth, positive steering and confident road-holding. The impressive technology Volkswagen has packed into the new Passat Estate means you can enjoy a dynamic, yet stable and comfortable ride, even around tight corners.
A range of economical, but high-torque, engines will be offered at launch; three petrol:
And one diesel:
Prices for the new Passat Estate start at £16,090 (RRP on the road) for the entry-level S 1.6-litre FSI. Fuel consumption is impressive at 36.2 (combined) and emissions are kept in check at 187g/km. The new Passat Estate has a Euro-IV emission status, avoiding the 3 per cent diesel surcharge for vehicles registered before 1st January 2006, which should please company car drivers who want to keep their tax low.
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Fleet managers will be attracted by the high residual values forecast and attractive whole life costs, plus Volkswagen's competitively priced servicing and replacement parts costs.
CAP Monitor – Future Residual Values for New Cars
|Diesel||P11D* Value (£)||Residual Value (%)|
|Passat Estate Sport 2.0TDI 140PS||20,712||36|
|Toyota Avensis Tourer 2.2 D-4D T4 148PS||20,472||32|
|Peugeot 407 SW 2.0 SV HDi 136PS||19,877||30|
|Mondeo Estate Ghia 2.0 TDCi 130PS||20,672||26|
|Vauxhall Vectra Estate 1.9 CDTi Design (120)||19,972||26|
|Petrol||P11D* Value (£)||Residual Value (%)|
|Passat Estate SE 2.0 FSI 150PS||18,542||37|
|Toyota Avensis Tourer 2.0 VVT-i T4 145 PS||19,447||29|
|Peugeot 407 SW 2.0 SE 138PS||17,652||28|
|Vauxhall Vectra Estate 1.8i Design||18,192||26|
|Mondeo Estate Zetec 2.0 16V 145 PS||18,097||25|
Source: CAP, New Monitor, October 2005. Based on 3 years/60,000 miles
P11D value = Total recommended retail price + delivery to retailer £388.51 + number plates £20, + VAT £71.49 (calculated by reference to total of delivery to retailer + number plates). P11D value is based on standard specification model with no factory-fitted options or other accessories.
The new Passat Estate is a car which appeals to the head and the heart.
As a fleet manager, you can tick off all the rational economic reasons for putting this superb new model on your choice list. Your drivers will simply want to get behind the wheel and experience the pure pleasure of driving the big and beautiful new Passat Estate.
Official fuel consumption for the Passat Estate range in mpg (litres/100km): urban 37.7 (7.5) – 21.7 (13.0); extra urban 56.5 (5.0) – 40.4 (7.0); combined 47.9 (5.9) – 30.7 (9.2).
CO2 emissions 159 – 221g/km.
* with the rear seats folded down
** source: Euroncap.com