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Lease a Volkswagen Passat Diesel Estate 2.0 TDI SE Business 5dr DSG [7 Speed]

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Technical Data
Transmission Automatic
MPG Combined 65.7
CO2 113 g/km
Fuel Type Diesel
0 to 62 mph 8.9 sec
Key Features
Air Con
Bluetooth
Leather Seats
Cruise Control
Immobiliser/Alarm

Ten Second Review

The Volkswagen Passat really hits the ground running in version eight. More spacious and stylish with a range of economical diesel engines and an all-wheel drive 240PS flagship, the Passat builds in a host of high-tech features but still majors on ride quality and cabin refinement.

Background

As much as we like to think that the automotive world revolves around this sceptred isle, the truth is somewhat different. Here, we hold up the BMW 3 Series as the paragon of success in building sales volumes on the back of premium build quality, but in global terms the 3 Series is a bit-part player compared to Volkswagen's Passat. How successful is the Passat? You might want to sit down for this one. It sells more than the entire product line-ups of BMW or Audi; fully 1.1 million cars a year, with China and the US the biggest recipients. It's a car that plays a very deft hand, bridging the gap between the mainstream and premium marques while delivering comfort and value that's often market-leading. It's why the Passat is now Volkswagen's most successful nameplate and the reason why Wolfsburg can't afford to get generation eight wrong.

Driving Experience

This is the section where we normally muse about power outputs, steering feel and how a car handles, but none of that is really that germane to a discussion on the Passat. Here, it's all about refinement and ride quality. Not a lot else matters. With that in mind, we were quite surprised to find Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), a function that alters the steering weighting, the sharpness of the throttle response and the firmness of the suspension on the options list. It seems a bit 'evo magazine' for the Passat. Big sales depend on the 2.0-litre 150PS diesel engine and it's a unit that's respectably refined, doing its best work between 2,250 and 3,500rpm with precious little in the way of vibration or diesel rumble entering the cabin. The 1.6-litre 120PS diesel isn't quite so impressive, but graduate further up the range and you'll find a 190PS 2.0 TDI and the range-topping all-wheel drive biturbo 2.0-litre, good for a hefty 240PS. There's even a GTE plug-in petrol/electric hybrid model offered. The manual gearbox has evolved into something Volkswagen is rightly proud of, although a DSG twin-clutch still seems a more natural fit for the Passat. As ever, the 17-inch wheel and tyre set will offer better ride comfort than the stiffer-sidewalled 18-inch rubber.

Design and Build

The difficulty in attracting buyers away from the likes of BMW and Audi is that you need your product to offer all the attractions of a BMW and Audi but at a more competitive price. That includes looking as expensive as these brands, which is something the Passat has often struggled to achieve. Not any more. At least not from the outside, where the latest Passat looks sleek, chiselled and polished, with head and tail lights that emphasise the car's width. In fact, the latest car is a touch shorter but both lower and wider than before and with 79mm more built into the wheelbase, there's more space in the cabin. The dashboard is a good deal more setsquare than before, although Volkswagen would probably call it 'architectural'. It now features a big central screen and 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. The boot measures an enormous 586-litres (up from 565) while the estate gets even more, with 650-litres available under the tonneau (up from 603).

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £22,000 for the 120PS diesel in S trim, with the DSG 'box adding another £1,600. The 150PS diesel opens at just over £23,000 with a six-speed manual. You'll need to ascend to the GT trim level to get your mitts on the 190PS diesel engine, and that'll set you back around £28,000. The big banger of the range is the all-wheel drive 240PS model and this also starts at GT level, costing around £34,500 with the DSG shifter. Alternatively you van pay another £1,000 for R-Line specification and a seven rather than six-speed box. Estates tack another £1,500 onto the asking price of the four-door cars. The range runs through S, SE, SE Business, GT and R-Line trims and feature equipments such as a Post-Collision Braking System and mis-fuelling prevention on all models, Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Crash system, Driver Profile Selection, Ergo Comfort seats and front and rear parking sensors on SE and above; and Discover Navigation on the SE Business which is aimed at fleet drivers. Heated Alcantara seats, three-zone climate control and 18-inch wheels are standard on GT, while the range-topping R-Line adds seems to empty the rest of the options list into the car. A BlueMotion eco version and an Alltrack estate are also being imported.

Cost of Usership

For all the talk of premium quality and engine refinement, the Passat is a car that absolutely has to nail the right numbers when it comes to efficiency, largely because it still relies on company buyers for a significant slug of sales. If a fleet manager thinks the company's better off putting you in a Hyundai i40, you're going to have to get used to Korean. Making a strong business case has been the Passat's bread and butter and this model shouldn't be any different. The most frugal variant you can choose is the fully-fledged BlueMotion version of the base 1.6-litre TDI diesel. Go for this variant rather than the standard model and your combined cycle fuel economy will improve from 70.6mpg to 76.3. And your CO2 return will improved from 106g/km to 95g/km. There's no reduction with the estate bodystyle. Opt for the 2.0-litre TDI variant, as many will and the figures suggest you'll get 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and 116g/km. Residuals will be higher than they would be with a comparabl Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia, so take that into account when making your overall running cost comparisons.

Summary

The formula for the success of the Passat is one that Volkswagen has very carefully tweaked and perfected over the last 42 years, but it's really been since the launch of the 1996 fifth-generation car that the Passat has found its niche. This latest car offers more finesse, higher tech options, some eminently sensible financial propositions as well as a real cracker of a flagship to act as the halo product. Would you buy one over a 3 Series or an Audi A4 though? A few years ago, the answer would only have been positive if you needed to haul a serious load of photocopier spares or, if you were a private buyer, you were on the leisurely side of the retirement threshold. These days, the Passat is a more aspirational item and there's a certain cool about it that stems from not being seen to be trying too hard. We like that. Volkswagen will too if advance orders are anything to go by.

CO2 (g/km)
113
HC
Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1968
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
4
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery
COMMON RAIL
Gears
7 SPEED
Number of Valves
16
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
EC Combined (mpg)
65.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
72.4
EC Urban (mpg)
55.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
47.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
51.4
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Badge Power
150
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
TDI
Coin Series
SE Business[7 SPEED]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
19E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Safety Assist %
Not Available
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
8.9
Engine Power - BHP
150
Engine Power - KW
110
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
3000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
251
Engine Torque - MKG
34.7
Engine Torque - NM
340
Engine Torque - RPM
1750
Top Speed
135
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Yes
Tyre Size Front
215/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear
215/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style
LONDON
Wheel Type
17" ALLOY
Height
Not Available
Height (including roof rails)
1516
Length
4767
Wheelbase
2786
Width
1832
Width (including mirrors)
2083
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
66
Gross Vehicle Weight
2130
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1780
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
650
Max. Loading Weight
664
Max. Roof Load
100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
2100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Minimum Kerbweight
1466
No. of Seats
5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.7
Heat insulated tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar back
Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
Front and rear parking sensors
Discover nav, Euro 2D/3D map view+8.0" colour touchscreen CD + Radio, VW media control, TMC+, Speed limit disp, info system with Car net guide/inform
Discover navigation + European map data + 8.0" colour touch screen
Multi function display colour screen
Diamond silver decorative inserts
8 speakers
Solid paint
LED headlight and daytime running lights + front fog lights with static cornering function
12V socket in centre console
Kensington cloth upholstery
LED reading lights
Ambient lighting pack - Passat
Winter pack - Passat - heated front seats
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
Driver's lumbar support
Isofix system on outer rear seats
Manual lumbar adjust on passenger's seat
17" London alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts
17" London alloy wheels with self sealing tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts
Steel space saver spare wheel

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Price
Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Fuel Type Diesel Diesel Petrol Petrol Electric
Seats 5 5 7 5 5
Doors 5 5 5 5 5
CO2 131 g/km 123 g/km 143 g/km 146 g/km -
MPG 56.5 60.1 44.8 44.1 -
BHP 190 194 150 156 408
0 to 62 7.7 sec 7.0 sec 9.5 sec 8.2 sec 5.7 sec

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