Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
If you can plug it in regularly, running costs for the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate could be extremely low
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|26-28||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 10,000 miles||From £542 / £1,084|
Running costs for the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate will be extremely low for drivers who regularly charge. 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 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.
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.
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.
As an 'alternatively fuelled vehicle' (AFV), the Passat GTE Estate incurs no road tax (VED) in the first year of registration, with annual payments of £145 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 £335 the first five times you tax the car.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Passat GTE plug-in hybrid estate offers comfort, space and appealingly low running costs – especially for company-car users
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingWith a 13kWh battery, the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate offers up to 34 miles of zero-emissions range
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingIf you can plug it in regularly, running costs for the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate could be extremely low
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate is no sports car, but it’s more than fast enough in both electric and hybrid modes
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Volkswagen Passat GTE estate is well equipped, with an interior that just about delivers for the price point
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe battery eats into the boot space in the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate, making it less practical than the non-hybrid models
- 7Reliability & safety ratingA suite of driver-assistance systems and a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating make the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate very safe car indeed