Volkswagen Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.4 TSI PHEV GTE 5dr DSG

Speed sensitive power steering
Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Lane assist
Low washer fluid warning light
Driver alert system
Traffic jam assist
Driver profile selection
Voice activation
Car-Net Security and Service
One touch indicator turn signal
Socket AC Type 2
Start/Stop function
Wireless app connect
Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
Adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system
Multifunction computer includes visual gear
Travel assist - Lane assist and traffic jam assist
Security and service including e-call
Proactive occupant protection
Petrol Particulate Filter
Battery regeneration during braking
Misfuel prevention device
Exterior e-sound
Electronic engine sound without deactivation
DAB Digital radio receiver
Aerial for radio integrated into rear windscreen
Rain sensor
Heated rear window
Body colour door handles
Body colour bumpers
Rear window wash/wipe
Front and rear electric windows
Fully galvanised body
Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
Chrome side window surrounds
Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
LED rear lights
LED rear number plate lights
Gloss black finish on B pillar
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
High level 3rd brake light
Silver anodised roof rails
Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted
Charging point inlet on radiator grille
Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
Unique GTE badging
Unique GTE radiator grille with blue strip
Trapezoid exhaust tailpipes, left and right
Remote electrically adjustable and foldable heated door mirrors including automatic dimming function on drivers side door mirror puddle lights
Body coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators
White instrument lighting
Plastic load sill protection
Warning lights for open tailgate and doors
Automatic leaving home and manual coming home lighting functions
Volkswagen roundel
Illuminated vanity mirrors
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Luggage compartment lighting
Height adjustable rear seat head restraints (x3)
Front head restraints
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
Front + rear carpet mats
Front and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming function
12V socket in luggage compartment
Load through provision
Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
Storage compartment in roof console with cover
Blue ambient lighting
Storage compartment in rear doors
Vienna leather upholstery + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets
Front cupholders x2 with covers
ergoComfort seat with seat cushion tilt adjustment, thigh support and electric backrest adjustment on the driver side
Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
Two charging cables 16amp for wallbox/chargepoints (mode 3) and 10amp mains charge cable (mode 2)
Extending luggage compartment cover with convenience opening, stowable
Front seats with lumbar adjustment split folding rear seat backrest 40:20:40
Leather trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel and gear knob with blue contrast stitching
3 zone climate control (over 2 zone)
Load lashing points x 4 in luggage compartment
Rear seat centre armrest with storage compartment
Driver's door storage compartment for 1.0 litre bottle
Front passenger storage compartment for 1.5 litre bottle
Height adjustable and removable variable boot floor
LED entrance/warning lights in front doors
Isofix child seat preparation, outer rear seats
12V socket in front centre console
Climate control - 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation
Front seats with lumbar adjustment
NCAP pack - Passat
Tyre pressure loss indicator
First aid kit
Door open warning reflectors
Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbag
Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Hill hold function
Blue brake callipers
Automatic post collision braking
Pre crash preventive occupant protection
Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
Volkswagen roadside assistance
Disc brakes front and rear
Warning light for rear seat belts if unfastened
Rear seat side impact airbags
ABS (Anti locking brake system) includes BAS (Brake assist) and EBD (Electronic brake pressure distribution)
Front and rear passenger curtain airbags
Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints, longitudinal and height adjustable
Front airbags with deactivation switch
Front side impact airbag
Electronic engine immobiliser
Alarm with interior protection
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Chrome air vent and instrument surround
Unique GTE instrument cluster
Cross hatch decorative inserts in dash and door panels
Tyre mobility kit
CO2 36
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1395
Compression Ratio 2083
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 591
Gears 6
Transmission Automatic
Combined 0.00
Urban 0.00
Extra Urban 0.00
Badge Engine CC 1395
Badge Power 218.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 7.35
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 7.60
Engine BHP 218.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1679
Engine Torque 250.00
Top Speed 138
Front Tyres 215/55 R17
Rear Tyres 215/55 R17
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1515
Length 4773
Wheel Base 2786
Width 0
Fuel Tank Size 50.00
Weight 2270
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1679
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's plush medium range contender goes green in plug-in petrol electric hybrid GTE form. A nature lover dressed in a business suit, the Passat GTE delivers all the style and status a busy professional would need but does so with green-tinged smugness. Expect it to be a bit pricier than diesel models though.

Background

Over eight generations, the Volkswagen Passat has evolved from a slightly oddly-proportioned family car into today's handsome saloon or estate model that comes close to stepping on the toes of sister-brand, Audi. The GTE suffix was first used on the Golf plug-in hybrid and the technology was subsequently introduced into the Passat range, reducing emissions and improving fuel economy in a car that traditionally covers higher mileage. Plug-in hybrid technology will make a lot more sense for many buyers than conventional hybrid engines do. Keep the car charged up and if all you cover is a normal commuting distance, you could conceivably never have to fuel the car up at all. Yet, unlike a full-electric car, there's seamless transition to full engine technology for longer distances. This revised Passat GTE gets a bigger drive battery, 30% more zero-emissions range and some extra drive mode functionality.

Driving Experience

Moving off from a standstill, the Passat always begins in silent electric mode. Once on the move (or when it's more prudent to save battery-life to use later on in the journey), e-Mode can be turned off and the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine will take over. As the GTE drives in this setting, it will be recharging the battery pack and making full use of regenerative braking to top up the electricity on board. When the two power units are working together, they produce a combined 218PS, which allows the car to accelerate to 62mph in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 140mph. The characteristics of an electric motor mean that the full power is available instantly, unlike in an internal combustion unit where the maximum output is only available when it reaches a certain engine speed. This can often have the effect of making a hybrid or electric car feel quicker than the figures suggest. The Passat GTE can achieve 81mph on electric mode, so there is no concern about travelling at motorway speeds, and in this revised model, the battery range has increased fto up to 36 miles under new-style WLTP rating. This improved design is also able to blend petrol and electric power more cleverly when you're using the car's more laid-back driver modes to emphasise real-world fuel economy. And it can use data from the navigation system to decide when to run the car on its electric motor, when to run it under petrol power, and how the two power sources should be combined to get you efficiently to your destination.

Design and Build

After seven generations of slightly quirky design, the eighth VW Passat emerged as a rather handsome, well proportioned automobile and has been improved in this revised form with full-LED head and tail lights that emphasise the car's width. The GTE variant is available not only as a saloon but also in an estate guise that gives this hybrid excellent load carrying ability and versatility. The exterior is thoroughly modern and gives this generation Passat a more prestigious appearance than its predecessor. A narrow blue line across the top of the grille identifies this as the plug-in hybrid model. A high-quality interior reinforces the grand touring purpose of the GTE, with comfortable ergonomic seats designed to reduce driver fatigue on longer journeys. Compared to the diesel models, the only compromise in space is down to the placement of the lithium-ion battery pack under the rear seats, which has resulted in the fuel tank taking up some hidden storage space in boot of the car. As in any normal Passat, the dashboard features a big central screen (in this revised car, it's VW's third generation 'MIB' touchscreen infotainment system). In the case of the GTE, this display has a range of other eco-minded functions. Through the steering wheel, you can specify a set of optional digital 'virtual' dials. The seats, as in most Volkswagens, initially feel unyielding but are supremely comfortable over longer distances. Three adults can fit in the back too.

Market and Model

There's inevitably a premium to pay for this GTE over, say, a top Passat diesel and these days, there's no helpful government Plug-in car grant to soften the blow. Nevertheless, Volkswagen still thinks this GTE variant will account for around 25% of Passat sales. That's despite the fact that you'll need to approach purchase with a budget of around £36,500 in mind. That's for the standard saloon variant; you'll need another £1,500 for the Estate derivative. There are standard and 'advance' trim levels. The GTE comes with 'Car-Net Guide & Inform', a system that delivers information such as traffic, petrol prices, and free parking, to the navigation screen through a range of apps. Many of these apps can be controlled via your smartphone. Car-Net e-Remote allows you to monitor the charge of your GTE battery, and can help direct you to your Passat if you've returned to a busy car park without remembering where exactly you had parked. Other equipment includes a blue-stitched, leather-trimmed three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, 2Zone climate control and a 'Composition Media' infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. This offers access to Bluetooth telephony, the usual informational functions, SD card and USB connectivity and a DAB tuner as part of an eight-speaker stereo system.

Cost of Ownership

First the headlines. Volkswagen claims an unlikely-sounding 217.9mpg WLTP combined cycle fuel figure for this car, along with a squeaky-clean 29g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Plus under the WLTP cycle, it's now supposed to be able to travel on full-electric power for up to 36 miles when fully-charged. In other words, if the vehicle is only used for short commutes and re-charged regularly overnight, it is conceivable that this GTE can be run entirely on off-peak electricity, costing pennies rather than pounds to consume. The combined range of the petrol and electric motor is around 660 miles, making it an ideal comfortable car for longer journeys. The extent to which you can charge this car up from the mains is also obviously going to make quite a difference to your overall running costs. Doing so inevitably takes a lot less time than it would in a comparable full-electric car - say something like a Nissan Leaf. That's because the batteries of a Plug-in hybrid car like this one are much smaller. Powering this Volkswagen up from a domestic socket would take four hours and fifteen minutes, but most owners will want to find an extra couple of hundred pounds to install a Wallbox charger in their garages. Use such a wallbox - or indeed plug in to one of the many public charging points springing up around the country - and you'll be able to reduce your charging time period from empty to just two hours and thirty minutes.

Summary

This Passat GTE will make a lot of sense for the right kind of buyer, scoring in the way that it makes something so complicated so universally acceptable. There's no weird bodywork. No confusing digital read-outs. No odd driving technique to master. Here, you simply get a Passat very much as you might have always known it. Just one with a little extra to offer. Yes, differences come with the plug-in hybrid technology, but as a driver, you're not forced to embrace them. Indeed, drive this car in full-engine mode and you could conceivably fail to notice anything out of the ordinary about it at all. Everything's so straightforward - so normal. Just leave the thing in its 'Hybrid Auto' setting and you'll get diesel-like fuel economy with a real surging turn of pace when you need it. Even if you never once plugged this car in, you'd probably be perfectly happy with what you had. It's all deceptively unique. It's all a taste of the future - but in a car very much for today.

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Head up Display £466.67 (ex. VAT)
Rear view camera £295.83 (ex. VAT)
Front and rear parking sensors Standard (ex. VAT)
Park assist steering with front/rear parking sensors £187.50 (ex. VAT)
Wireless Smartphone charger £395.83 (ex. VAT)
Area view £720.83 (ex. VAT)
Trailer assist steering with park assist £437.50 (ex. VAT)
Remote tailgate unlocking Standard (ex. VAT)
Front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors, audible with audio volume reduction when activated + optical parking display via vehicles infotain system Standard (ex. VAT)
Sports suspension Standard (ex. VAT)
Standard suspension Standard (ex. VAT)
XDS electronic differential lock £179.17 (ex. VAT)
Dynamic chassis control £791.67 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £550.00 (ex. VAT)
Pearlescent paint £550.00 (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Special solid paint £333.33 (ex. VAT)
Towbar with electric swivel function £816.67 (ex. VAT)
Signature premium paint £879.17 (ex. VAT)
Unique C signature GTE front LED daytime running lights in bumper Standard (ex. VAT)
IQ.LED matrix headlights with dynamic curve + light assist, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with static cornering, animated indicator £1416.67 (ex. VAT)
Electric panoramic sunroof, glass sliding/tilting including integrated roller blind £850.00 (ex. VAT)
All LED headlights range adjustable with reflector technology + indicator function Standard (ex. VAT)
LED matrix headlights with dynamic curve + light assist, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with static cornering, animated indicator £1462.50 (ex. VAT)
Electric panoramic sunroof, glass sliding/tilting including integrated roller blind - PS6 £862.50 (ex. VAT)
Luggage net £58.33 (ex. VAT)
Black roof lining £212.50 (ex. VAT)
Rubber boot mat £41.67 (ex. VAT)
Front and rear reading lights, x 2 incorporating LED technology Standard (ex. VAT)
Mistral grey roof lining Standard (ex. VAT)
Ambient lighting pack - Passat Standard (ex. VAT)
Dynaudio confidence soundpack - Passat £958.33 (ex. VAT)
Ambient lighting plus pack - Passat £229.17 (ex. VAT)
Dynaudio confidence soundpack - Passat GTE/GTE Advance £958.33 (ex. VAT)
Discover navigation pack - Passat Standard (ex. VAT)
Easy open package with full electric tailgate/ boot - Passat £500.00 (ex. VAT)
Discover navigation pro pack - Passat £1866.67 (ex. VAT)
Easy open package with full electric tailgate/ boot - Passat (Estate) £516.67 (ex. VAT)
Blue ambient lighting pack - Passat Standard (ex. VAT)
Discover navigation pro pack with digital cockpit, smart key and wireless smartphone charger £1895.83 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Reflex silver £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Pearl - Deep black £550.00 (ex. VAT)
Special solid - Glacier white £333.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid - Urano grey Standard (ex. VAT)
Special solid - Pure white £333.33 (ex. VAT)
Special solid - Tornado red £333.33 (ex. VAT)
Signature premium - Oryx white pearl £866.67 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Manganese grey £550.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Pyrite Silver £533.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Tamarind brown £533.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Aurora gold £533.33 (ex. VAT)
Signature premium - Oryx white £879.17 (ex. VAT)
Solid - Moonstone grey Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Scale silver £550.00 (ex. VAT)
Tyre pressure monitoring system £129.17 (ex. VAT)
Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) £125.00 (ex. VAT)
ESC (Electronic stability control) + EDL (Electronic Differential lock) and ASR (Traction control), EDTC (Engine drag torque control) Standard (ex. VAT)
Digital key £183.33 (ex. VAT)
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys Standard (ex. VAT)
Keyless entry system including start/stop button on centre console £370.83 (ex. VAT)
Keyless Start with press and drive Standard (ex. VAT)
Vienna leather upholstery - Titan black + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets Standard (ex. VAT)
Vienna leather upholstery - Mistral grey + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets Standard (ex. VAT)
Space saver spare wheel Standard (ex. VAT)
18" Liverpool silver alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts £500.00 (ex. VAT)
17" Nivelle black alloy wheels with self sealing tyres and low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts Standard (ex. VAT)
18" Oxford silver alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts £500.00 (ex. VAT)
18" Oxford alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts £516.67 (ex. VAT)
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Speed sensitive power steering
Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Lane assist
Low washer fluid warning light
Driver alert system
Traffic jam assist
Driver profile selection
Voice activation
Car-Net Security and Service
One touch indicator turn signal
Socket AC Type 2
Start/Stop function
Wireless app connect
Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
Adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system
Multifunction computer includes visual gear
Travel assist - Lane assist and traffic jam assist
Security and service including e-call
Proactive occupant protection
Petrol Particulate Filter
Battery regeneration during braking
Misfuel prevention device
Exterior e-sound
Electronic engine sound without deactivation
DAB Digital radio receiver
Aerial for radio integrated into rear windscreen
Rain sensor
Heated rear window
Body colour door handles
Body colour bumpers
Rear window wash/wipe
Front and rear electric windows
Fully galvanised body
Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
Chrome side window surrounds
Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
LED rear lights
LED rear number plate lights
Gloss black finish on B pillar
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
High level 3rd brake light
Silver anodised roof rails
Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted
Charging point inlet on radiator grille
Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
Unique GTE badging
Unique GTE radiator grille with blue strip
Trapezoid exhaust tailpipes, left and right
Remote electrically adjustable and foldable heated door mirrors including automatic dimming function on drivers side door mirror puddle lights
Body coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators
White instrument lighting
Plastic load sill protection
Warning lights for open tailgate and doors
Automatic leaving home and manual coming home lighting functions
Volkswagen roundel
Illuminated vanity mirrors
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Luggage compartment lighting
Height adjustable rear seat head restraints (x3)
Front head restraints
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
Front + rear carpet mats
Front and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming function
12V socket in luggage compartment
Load through provision
Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
Storage compartment in roof console with cover
Blue ambient lighting
Storage compartment in rear doors
Vienna leather upholstery + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets
Front cupholders x2 with covers
ergoComfort seat with seat cushion tilt adjustment, thigh support and electric backrest adjustment on the driver side
Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
Two charging cables 16amp for wallbox/chargepoints (mode 3) and 10amp mains charge cable (mode 2)
Extending luggage compartment cover with convenience opening, stowable
Front seats with lumbar adjustment split folding rear seat backrest 40:20:40
Leather trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel and gear knob with blue contrast stitching
3 zone climate control (over 2 zone)
Load lashing points x 4 in luggage compartment
Rear seat centre armrest with storage compartment
Driver's door storage compartment for 1.0 litre bottle
Front passenger storage compartment for 1.5 litre bottle
Height adjustable and removable variable boot floor
LED entrance/warning lights in front doors
Isofix child seat preparation, outer rear seats
12V socket in front centre console
Climate control - 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation
Front seats with lumbar adjustment
NCAP pack - Passat
Tyre pressure loss indicator
First aid kit
Door open warning reflectors
Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbag
Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Hill hold function
Blue brake callipers
Automatic post collision braking
Pre crash preventive occupant protection
Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
Volkswagen roadside assistance
Disc brakes front and rear
Warning light for rear seat belts if unfastened
Rear seat side impact airbags
ABS (Anti locking brake system) includes BAS (Brake assist) and EBD (Electronic brake pressure distribution)
Front and rear passenger curtain airbags
Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints, longitudinal and height adjustable
Front airbags with deactivation switch
Front side impact airbag
Electronic engine immobiliser
Alarm with interior protection
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Chrome air vent and instrument surround
Unique GTE instrument cluster
Cross hatch decorative inserts in dash and door panels
Tyre mobility kit
CO2 36
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1395
Compression Ratio 2083
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 591
Gears 6
Transmission Automatic
Combined 0.00
Urban 0.00
Extra Urban 0.00
Badge Engine CC 1395
Badge Power 218.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 7.35
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 7.60
Engine BHP 218.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1679
Engine Torque 250.00
Top Speed 138
Front Tyres 215/55 R17
Rear Tyres 215/55 R17
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1515
Length 4773
Wheel Base 2786
Width 0
Fuel Tank Size 50.00
Weight 2270
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1679
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's plush medium range contender goes green in plug-in petrol electric hybrid GTE form. A nature lover dressed in a business suit, the Passat GTE delivers all the style and status a busy professional would need but does so with green-tinged smugness. Expect it to be a bit pricier than diesel models though.

Background

Over eight generations, the Volkswagen Passat has evolved from a slightly oddly-proportioned family car into today's handsome saloon or estate model that comes close to stepping on the toes of sister-brand, Audi. The GTE suffix was first used on the Golf plug-in hybrid and the technology was subsequently introduced into the Passat range, reducing emissions and improving fuel economy in a car that traditionally covers higher mileage. Plug-in hybrid technology will make a lot more sense for many buyers than conventional hybrid engines do. Keep the car charged up and if all you cover is a normal commuting distance, you could conceivably never have to fuel the car up at all. Yet, unlike a full-electric car, there's seamless transition to full engine technology for longer distances. This revised Passat GTE gets a bigger drive battery, 30% more zero-emissions range and some extra drive mode functionality.

Driving Experience

Moving off from a standstill, the Passat always begins in silent electric mode. Once on the move (or when it's more prudent to save battery-life to use later on in the journey), e-Mode can be turned off and the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine will take over. As the GTE drives in this setting, it will be recharging the battery pack and making full use of regenerative braking to top up the electricity on board. When the two power units are working together, they produce a combined 218PS, which allows the car to accelerate to 62mph in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 140mph. The characteristics of an electric motor mean that the full power is available instantly, unlike in an internal combustion unit where the maximum output is only available when it reaches a certain engine speed. This can often have the effect of making a hybrid or electric car feel quicker than the figures suggest. The Passat GTE can achieve 81mph on electric mode, so there is no concern about travelling at motorway speeds, and in this revised model, the battery range has increased fto up to 36 miles under new-style WLTP rating. This improved design is also able to blend petrol and electric power more cleverly when you're using the car's more laid-back driver modes to emphasise real-world fuel economy. And it can use data from the navigation system to decide when to run the car on its electric motor, when to run it under petrol power, and how the two power sources should be combined to get you efficiently to your destination.

Design and Build

After seven generations of slightly quirky design, the eighth VW Passat emerged as a rather handsome, well proportioned automobile and has been improved in this revised form with full-LED head and tail lights that emphasise the car's width. The GTE variant is available not only as a saloon but also in an estate guise that gives this hybrid excellent load carrying ability and versatility. The exterior is thoroughly modern and gives this generation Passat a more prestigious appearance than its predecessor. A narrow blue line across the top of the grille identifies this as the plug-in hybrid model. A high-quality interior reinforces the grand touring purpose of the GTE, with comfortable ergonomic seats designed to reduce driver fatigue on longer journeys. Compared to the diesel models, the only compromise in space is down to the placement of the lithium-ion battery pack under the rear seats, which has resulted in the fuel tank taking up some hidden storage space in boot of the car. As in any normal Passat, the dashboard features a big central screen (in this revised car, it's VW's third generation 'MIB' touchscreen infotainment system). In the case of the GTE, this display has a range of other eco-minded functions. Through the steering wheel, you can specify a set of optional digital 'virtual' dials. The seats, as in most Volkswagens, initially feel unyielding but are supremely comfortable over longer distances. Three adults can fit in the back too.

Market and Model

There's inevitably a premium to pay for this GTE over, say, a top Passat diesel and these days, there's no helpful government Plug-in car grant to soften the blow. Nevertheless, Volkswagen still thinks this GTE variant will account for around 25% of Passat sales. That's despite the fact that you'll need to approach purchase with a budget of around £36,500 in mind. That's for the standard saloon variant; you'll need another £1,500 for the Estate derivative. There are standard and 'advance' trim levels. The GTE comes with 'Car-Net Guide & Inform', a system that delivers information such as traffic, petrol prices, and free parking, to the navigation screen through a range of apps. Many of these apps can be controlled via your smartphone. Car-Net e-Remote allows you to monitor the charge of your GTE battery, and can help direct you to your Passat if you've returned to a busy car park without remembering where exactly you had parked. Other equipment includes a blue-stitched, leather-trimmed three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, 2Zone climate control and a 'Composition Media' infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. This offers access to Bluetooth telephony, the usual informational functions, SD card and USB connectivity and a DAB tuner as part of an eight-speaker stereo system.

Cost of Ownership

First the headlines. Volkswagen claims an unlikely-sounding 217.9mpg WLTP combined cycle fuel figure for this car, along with a squeaky-clean 29g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Plus under the WLTP cycle, it's now supposed to be able to travel on full-electric power for up to 36 miles when fully-charged. In other words, if the vehicle is only used for short commutes and re-charged regularly overnight, it is conceivable that this GTE can be run entirely on off-peak electricity, costing pennies rather than pounds to consume. The combined range of the petrol and electric motor is around 660 miles, making it an ideal comfortable car for longer journeys. The extent to which you can charge this car up from the mains is also obviously going to make quite a difference to your overall running costs. Doing so inevitably takes a lot less time than it would in a comparable full-electric car - say something like a Nissan Leaf. That's because the batteries of a Plug-in hybrid car like this one are much smaller. Powering this Volkswagen up from a domestic socket would take four hours and fifteen minutes, but most owners will want to find an extra couple of hundred pounds to install a Wallbox charger in their garages. Use such a wallbox - or indeed plug in to one of the many public charging points springing up around the country - and you'll be able to reduce your charging time period from empty to just two hours and thirty minutes.

Summary

This Passat GTE will make a lot of sense for the right kind of buyer, scoring in the way that it makes something so complicated so universally acceptable. There's no weird bodywork. No confusing digital read-outs. No odd driving technique to master. Here, you simply get a Passat very much as you might have always known it. Just one with a little extra to offer. Yes, differences come with the plug-in hybrid technology, but as a driver, you're not forced to embrace them. Indeed, drive this car in full-engine mode and you could conceivably fail to notice anything out of the ordinary about it at all. Everything's so straightforward - so normal. Just leave the thing in its 'Hybrid Auto' setting and you'll get diesel-like fuel economy with a real surging turn of pace when you need it. Even if you never once plugged this car in, you'd probably be perfectly happy with what you had. It's all deceptively unique. It's all a taste of the future - but in a car very much for today.

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