Volkswagen Passat GTE range, MPG, CO2 & charging
Impressive official numbers will be tough to replicate in the real world, but the VW Passat GTE is reasonably competitive with rivals in most respects
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|217-235mpg||28-30g/km||36-37 miles||3hrs 30mins (0-100%, 3.6kW)|
An official fuel-economy figure of 217 to 235mpg looks astonishing at first, but when you remember that the Passat GTE is a plug-in hybrid, it makes more sense. It’s possible to drive the car without using a single drop of fuel if you only ever do short journeys, although there'd be no reason to buy it over a fully electric car if you did that.
In reality, you can expect around 40mpg from the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine once the battery is empty. Charge up more often and you’ll spend less money on petrol. You can charge the battery using the engine, but it’s cheaper to top up using a plug.
Volkswagen Passat GTE range, MPG & CO2 emissions
The Passat GTE uses a 13kWh battery, which means it has an all-electric range of up to 37 miles officially. We’d plan for around 30 miles in the real world, and less if you’re mostly driving on the motorway.
Plus, cold weather can cause that to drop even more. We've seen around 22 miles of range on winter days in Passat GTE test cars – although we were pleased to see that the gauge was accurate and we did indeed get 22 miles from the battery in the end.
The Passat's relatively small 13kWh battery means that a full charge only takes around five hours and 40 minutes from a three-pin power socket, so topping up overnight will never be an issue, even if you don't get a dedicated home wallbox charger installed.
Since the GTE can only ever charge at a rate of 3.6kW, public chargers aren’t any quicker than a home wallbox. Both will fill the battery in around three-and-a-half hours. A charge at home on an average electricity tariff will cost you about £1.80.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe VW Passat GTE saloon is an excellent plug-in hybrid, but it's neither the most practical nor the best value choice on the market
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingImpressive official numbers will be tough to replicate in the real world, but the VW Passat GTE is reasonably competitive with rivals in most respects
- 3Running costs & insuranceRunning a VW Passat GTE should be very cheap, especially if you're a company-car user
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe VW Passat GTE is smooth and comfortable, but powerful plug-in hybrid drivetrain means it's also pretty fast, if not very involving
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortLike all VW Passats, the GTE saloon boasts a classy and comfortable interior, and is generally well equipped
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityAs the Passat is a four-door saloon, practicality isn't a speciality, and the GTE's hybrid battery pack doesn't help matters
- 7Reliability & safety ratingA strong safety score inspires confidence, but Volkswagen's traditional reputation for reliability has taken a bit of a knock in recent years