Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate running costs

If you can plug it in regularly, running costs for the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate could be extremely low

Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate
Insurance group Warranty Service interval 2019/20 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
26-28 3yrs / 60,000 miles 1yr / 10,000 miles From £1,517 / £3,034

Running costs for the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate will be extremely low for drivers who regularly charge their cars. The 13kWh battery affords up to 34 miles of electric-only range, and while you should expect more like 25 to 30 in the real world, that should be enough for most people’s commutes, school runs and shopping trips.

With domestic electricity prices averaging around 14p per kilowatt-hour, a full charge of the battery should cost £1.82: this figure will fall even further when charging overnight, when electricity tends to be at its cheapest. When you’ve run out of battery power, the 1.4-litre petrol engine should return around 40mpg around town. A fill-up at the forecourt should cost some £64, but these will be few and far between if you can get into the habit of charging the battery at every opportunity.

Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate insurance group

The entry-level version of the GTE Estate lies in insurance group 26, while the Advance model is in group 28. This means the plug-in hybrid versions of the Passat will generally be more expensive to insure than the petrol and diesel models.

Warranty

The Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty safeguarding against mechanical faults. The battery is covered by a separate warranty, with cover provided for either eight years of 99,360 miles, whichever is reached first.

Servicing

Volkswagen offers a choice of servicing programmes for the Passat GTE: the Fixed Service regime is recommended for cars that do less than 10,000 miles per year, while a Flexible Service plan is geared towards cars that are driven more than 25 miles per day and frequently over long distances.

Road tax

As an 'alternatively fuelled vehicle' (AFV), the Passat GTE Estate incurs no road tax in the first year of registration, with annual payments of £135 following thereafter. Be warned, though: choosing lots of options (or just the GTE Advance version) can push the GTE beyond the £40,000 threshold that triggers an annual surcharge of £320 the first five times you tax the car.