Volkswagen Passat GTE running costs
Running a VW Passat GTE should be very cheap, especially if you're a company-car user
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|26-28||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 10,000 miles||From £735 / £1,577|
The Volkswagen Passat GTE is all about low running costs. If you charge up regularly, then any short trips can be done on electric power alone. A full charge of the battery should cost around £1.80 at home, and you should be able to get over 30 miles without the engine even starting up.
Plus, the 1.4-litre petrol engine is reasonably economical on its own, returning about 40mpg. It’s not as good as a diesel Passat on the motorway but regular charging should negate that.
Volkswagen Passat GTE insurance group
The entry-level Passat GTE sits in insurance group 26 and the higher-spec Advance model is in group 28. It’s a little more expensive to cover than petrol and diesel models, but the running costs are low and the GTE is a surprisingly fast car.
All Volkswagens get a three-year/60,000-mile warranty covering mechanical faults, which is average for the class. The battery is covered by a separate warranty, running for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
There are a couple of options for Volkswagen service plans with the Passat. You can choose the Fixed Service plan if you’re planning to do less than 10,000 miles a year, or the Flexible Service plan if you do lots of miles in a short space of time. Your dealer can advise of the cost.
The Passat GTE costs nothing to tax for the first year, and £140 a year after that. The higher-spec GTE Advance just sneaks in under the £40,000 mark, so it avoids the surcharge of £325 a year the first five times the tax is renewed. Low company-car tax is a big plus point: the Passat GTE emits just 28-31g/km of CO2, so during the 2020/21 financial year, a 20% taxpayer will pay the equivalent of just £735 annually in Benefit-in-Kind.
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 & chargingImpressive 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 - currently readingRunning a VW Passat GTE should be very cheap, especially if you're a company-car user
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe VW Passat GTE is smooth and comfortable, but powerful plug-in hybrid drivetrain means it's also pretty fast, if not very involving
- 5Interior & comfortLike all VW Passats, the GTE saloon boasts a classy and comfortable interior, and is generally well equipped
- 6Practicality & boot spaceAs the Passat is a four-door saloon, practicality isn't a speciality, and the GTE's hybrid battery pack doesn't help matters
- 7Reliability & safetyA strong safety score inspires confidence, but Volkswagen's traditional reputation for reliability has taken a bit of a knock in recent years