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VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT SALOON

1.4 TSI PHEV GTE 4dr DSG

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Volkswagen has updated the technology of its plug-in hybrid Passat GTE. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions32.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed138mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm
  • Lane assist
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Multifunction computer includes visual gear
  • One touch indicator turn signal
  • Proactive occupant protection
  • Security and service including e-call
  • Socket AC Type 2
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
  • Start/Stop function
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Wireless app connect

Entertainment

  • Aerial for radio integrated into rear windscreen
  • DAB Digital radio receiver

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Automatic leaving home and manual coming home lighting functions
  • Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured door mirrors with intergrated indicators
  • Charging point inlet on radiator grille
  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Fully galvanised body
  • Gloss black finish on B pillar
  • Heated rear window
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED rear lights
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted
  • Remote electrically adjustable and foldable heated door mirrors including automatic dimming function on drivers side door mirror puddle lights
  • Trapezoid exhaust tailpipes, left and right
  • Unique GTE badging
  • Unique GTE radiator grille with blue strip
  • Warning lights for open tailgate and doors
  • White instrument lighting

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 60:40 split folding rear seat with backrest
  • Climate control - 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation
  • Driver's door storage compartment for 1.0 litre bottle
  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
  • ergoComfort seat with seat cushion tilt adjustment, thigh support and electric backrest adjustment on the driver side
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming function
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
  • Front cupholders x2 with covers
  • Front passenger storage compartment for 1.5 litre bottle
  • Front seats with lumbar adjustment
  • Height adjustable rear seat head restraints (x3)
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Isofix child seat preparation, outer rear seats
  • Leather trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel and gear knob with blue contrast stitching
  • Load lashing points x 4 in luggage compartment
  • Load through provision
  • Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Rear seat centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Storage compartment in roof console with cover
  • Two charging cables 16amp for wallbox/chargepoints (mode 3) and 10amp mains charge cable (mode 2)
  • Vienna leather upholstery + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS (Anti locking brake system) includes BAS (Brake assist) and EBD (Electronic brake pressure distribution)
  • Automatic post collision braking
  • Blue brake callipers
  • Disc brakes front and rear
  • Door open warning reflectors
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints, longitudinal and height adjustable
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • First aid kit
  • Front airbags with deactivation switch
  • Front and rear passenger curtain airbags
  • Front side impact airbag
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Hill hold function
  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection
  • Rear seat side impact airbags
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Warning light for rear seat belts if unfastened

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser

Technical

  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Exterior e-sound
  • Misfuel prevention device
  • Petrol Particulate Filter

Trim

  • Chrome air vent and instrument surround
  • Cross hatch decorative inserts in dash and door panels
  • Unique GTE instrument cluster

Wheels

  • Tyre mobility kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    13
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    3.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    220
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
    44
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    15
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    4.1
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City
    63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    64
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    62
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    64
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City
    39
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    40
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    38.5
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    40

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    32
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb
    138
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max
    150
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min
    137
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb
    7
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Max
    11
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Min
    7
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    25
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    31
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    25

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1395
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Code
    CB26YY
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb
    0.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb
    941.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    45.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max
    42.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min
    45.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    54.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    30.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    50.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    201.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    256.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.4
  • Badge Power
    218
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    GTE
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    27E
  • Manufacturers 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
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    150000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    218
  • Engine Power - KW
    160
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    184
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    25.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    250
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1550
  • Top Speed
    138

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    NIVELLE
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1483
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4775
  • Wheelbase
    2786
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2083

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2230
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1152
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    586
  • Max. Loading Weight
    630
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1654
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1600
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.7
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