Volkswagen Passat Estate (2015–)

What's good

Trailer assist system will help you reverse a trailer in a straight line or park it. 

Excellent refinement.

Very relaxed and easy to drive.

Spacious boot. 

Five star Euro NCAP rating.

The winner of the 1,400-1,549 kg weight category and overall 2015 Caravan Tow Car of the Year was the 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS Passat Estate in SE Business guise with DSG gearbox. Passat 2.0 BiTDI with standard 4MOTION four-wheel drive and DSG gearbox won 2015 caravan Tow Car of the Year award for the 1,700-1,899 kg weight category.

What to watch out for

9-12-2015: 'Official' CO2 and fuel economy figures of 2016MY Passat Estate 2.0 TDI SCR 4MOTION BMT 176kW EU6 Seven-speed (DSG) and 2016 MY Passat Estate 1.4 TSI ACT BMT 110kW EU6 six-speed manual to be reviewed but true figures are only very slightly worse.

11-8-2016: Fault reported with Autohold brake of November 2015 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI Bluemotion estate bought as an ex-demo in May 2016. In last 2 weeks autohold has failed to release on over 25 occasions on one journey and on 8 occasions on another journey. The garage cannot identify the fault, despite it occurring twice in the dealership's car park with a mechanic in the car. We'd guess as a problem with the multifunction brake light switch that has separate switches for the brake lights, autohold and (if a DSG) to send a message to the ECU that the brakes are on.

28-4-2017: Report of significant emissions system faults from 2015 Passat TDI estate, bought in July 2016 slightly suspiciously from a big car supermarket at 10 months old with 5,000 miles for £18,000. Owner had it 2 weeks, emissions light came on - got it seen to under warranty. Light kept returning and car started to emit black exhaust smoke. VW has now had car back 10 times and owner has had a courtesy car for the last 11 weeks. Car with VW for a total of about 16 weeks. Still apparently no idea of cause.

1-10-2017: Report of leaking roof on 2017 Passat Estate with panoramic roof. Dealer says it needs a new roof under warranty.

14-8-2018: Report of DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG of 24k mile 2017 Passat 1.6 TDI Business Edition estate going into 'emergency mode'. It has had a fresh clutch pack, new Mechatronics and been reprogrammed but still fails, so the dealer is fitting a new transmission under warranty.

17-12-2018: Report of failure of rear brake discs of 2016 VW Passat B8 2.0TDI estate at 36,000 miles due to pads 90% worn and rear brake discs corroded. (This model Passat has an electromechanical parking brake with autohold brake hold function.)

15-07-2019: Ongoing issues with the 1.5 TSI engine with no resolution from Volkswagen.

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