What is it?
This is the VW Passat Bluemotion estate, the eco-friendly (and wallet-friendly) version of VW’s cavernous family load lugger.
The VW Passat Bluemotion estate gets a similar set of green tweaks to the Passat Bluemotion saloon.
Third fourth and fifth gears on the five-speed manual gearbox are lengthened, while a lowered cooling system, lower suspension (8mm at the rear and 15mm at the front) and improved underbody airflow help reduce drag to a Cd of 0.27.
As a result the VW Passat Bluemotion estate manages a combined fuel economy figure of 54.3mpg and emits just 137g/km of CO2.
A new common-rail version of the Passat Bluemotion is on the cards, but for now the engine is still VW’s clattery but efficient 104bhp 1.9-litre pumpe duse diesel.
What’s it like?
As a sensible (and spacious) family car, the VW Passat Bluemotion estate is a fine tool. Its performance won’t set the asphalt alight, but 104bhp and 184lb ft of torque is comfortably enough to keep the VW Passat Bluemotion estate moving along at a brisk pace.
The ride is also surprisingly comfortable and the cabin is decently refined (except for some harsh diesel-sourced vibration through the pedals and gearshift).