Sharp estate furthers appeal of VW's family hauler with 1731-litre boot
7 June 2005

Arriving in the UK in November, the Passat wagon carries over the saloon’s sharp styling; the thicker D-pillar and curvier glass takes away some of the rather squared-off look of the old estate. The newcomer is 19mm taller, 92mm longer and 74mm wider than the outgoing car, and maximum boot space has increased by 131 litres to 1731 litres.

Optional equipment includes self-levelling suspension, while VW is claiming two class firsts – a standard electronic handbrake and two-zone climate control. The four petrol engines range from a113bhp 1.6-litre to a 247bhp 3.2-litre V6, while the 104bhp 1.9 and 138bhp 2.0 TDi diesels will be joined next year by a 168bhp 2.0-litre version.

UK pricing has not yet been announced, but expect prices to stick close to the current £965 premium over the saloon, which means the entry-level 1.6-litre FSI petrol should come in just below £16,000.

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