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Hire Car Report: VW Passat 2.0 BlueMotion diesel estate

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It's not exactly an exciting car, so I'll keep it brief:

GOOD

Ride - very comfortable and soaked up the worst of the Midlands' road surfaces with ease.

Seats - again, very comfortable

Gearchange - sweet, accurate

Stereo - Sound quality good, DAB actually worked for nearly 8 minutes before hiccupping!

BAD

Loudspeaker positioning - tweeters in the dash and the front of the rear doors meant that, with my seat back far enough (I'm 6'3") the left channel was coming from the far side of the windscreen and the right from behind my ear. Very odd.

Electronic Handbrake - Annoying and you have to have your foot on the footbrake to use it. Is the human race now too stupid/weak to use a normal handbrake or have we gone in the other direction and evolved past the use of simple levers?

Engine - BlueMotion diesel. Quiet enough but completely gutless. Not sure it actually had a turbo. It also averaged 47mpg on a gentle-ish 400 mile motorway jaunt. Is it me, or is that a bit shit for a gutless 2 litre oil burner, when my much perkier old Mondeo could crack 50mpg when driven like a lunatic and boasting only 5 gears rather than 6? Opinions welcomed..

Privacy Glass - WHY?? It makes the already dark interior even gloomier and is like driving a bloody van.

AMUSING

Gearchange indicator - I was comfortably ascending a gradual incline in 4th at 40mph with the instantaneous fuel consumption showing 39mpg. The gearchange indicator said I should be in 6th so, for a laugh, I complied. The engine started juddering, I had to put my foot flat to the floor to maintain 40mph, and the fuel consumption figure dropped to 22mpg. That works well, then.... :roll:

VERDICT

Actually quite a nice car, pleasant to drive and well equipped. Just make sure you buy a petrol one unless you particularly like going slowly, ignore the gearchange indicator and specify clear glass that you can actually see through properly.

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Sounds like you had the SE version. My co car is the bargain-bucket S, which has see-through windows :) but less comfortable seats. :( I paid extra for DAB, which I think is excellent. I've found 3 spots where it drops out so far, two in the back lanes near my home and one half way up the M40.

There isn't much performance, but the size and weight of the thing makes it feel slower than it actually is. The 1.6 diesel must be pathetic. I'm surprised by your economy: after 4500 miles I'm averaging 60.5 mpg, with 70 mpg easily achievable on the slow-moving M6 between Coventry and Wigan.

I've got used to the giimick handbrake now, but not the useless handling. It feels like a boat after the MX-5! The gearchange thing doesn't work at all on hills, and following its suggestions to the letter can result in a rolling stall, with loss of power steering and brakes - nasty! :x

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By coincidence I went in my colleagues new Passat Diesel Estate only yesterday but this was the S model - I think it's a higher rated engine. Plenty of room, comfortable sports seats, less inspiring interior, but when we went over a speed bump excruciating! Not much to complain about really.

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The S model is the bottom of the range. The engine is either the 105 bhp 1.6 diesel or the 140 bhp 2.0 diesel. I have the 2.0. On paper, the performance should be about the same as the little MX-5. It certainly doesn't feel like it!

There is a 170 bhp diesel, but only in the range-topping Sport. That also comes with harder suspension, so maybe that was the one you went in?

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The S model is the bottom of the range. The engine is either the 105 bhp 1.6 diesel or the 140 bhp 2.0 diesel. I have the 2.0. On paper, the performance should be about the same as the little MX-5. It certainly doesn't feel like it!

There is a 170 bhp diesel, but only in the range-topping Sport. That also comes with harder suspension, so maybe that was the one you went in?

How much is the range topping "S" model John? I only ask because you can buy a Skoda Octavia VRS Estate CR170 and fully stocked with leather, sat nav and loads of other goodies for £19K

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The Passat is more expensive than the Skoda - even my very basic "S" model (not range topping!!) was over £22k with a few extras. It is a bigger car though - uses the same platform as the Superb.

A fully loaded Sport estate with the 170 bhp diesel, leather and all the extras will set you back over £35k :shock:

Sadly my company car scheme offered me very little in the way of choice!

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I happen to love mine g! (CR170!) but it does have a fancy leather interior ......

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I paid nothing near £19K for it either and it was new. My point was that in that top engine spec (CR170) I think the Passat is called a R-Line, all the added extras take it to very high price, when Skoda do the Superb or Octavia with that engine, personally the Superb Estate 4x4 with the CR170 to me is the best VFM car in the Skoda range.

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All very well, but the Skoda wasn't on my list! The new Passat has three trim levels, S, SE and Sport. R-Line, S-Line etc are Audi trim levels.

If I was spending £22k of my own money and needed a bit of economy, there are loads of used Jag XF diesels for that money... I certainly wouldn't be buying German.

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I happen to love mine g! (CR170!) but it does have a fancy leather interior ......

210109sko.jpg

I paid nothing near £19K for it either and it was new. My point was that in that top engine spec (CR170) I think the Passat is called a R-Line, all the added extras take it to very high price, when Skoda do the Superb or Octavia with that engine, personally the Superb Estate 4x4 with the CR170 to me is the best VFM car in the Skoda range.

Brings a whole new meaning to the expression "the cheap seats" :td:

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It's the VW fuel-saving package: engine stop/start, regenerative braking, skinny tyres and various other economy wheezes. Works pretty well, 60 mpg out of a huge barge-like car is not bad!

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