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The good VW Passat Variant B8 has been around since 2014. Is the classic station wagon also a tip as a used car? Here comes the test.
Defects typical of the model are not noticed on the test drive
The headlights are often sandblasted after a lot of everyday life on the motorway. Then the entire headlight must be replaced.
© Sandra Beckefeldt / AUTO BILD
Nevertheless, our kilometer eater appears pleasantly unimpressed at first glance. Sure, the front headlights are sandblasted from many kilometers of motorway, the steering wheel and gear knob are worn. On the other hand, the Ergo seats still look fresh, the lettering on all buttons and buttons has not suffered. The mix of equipment could be a major obstacle to sales. A highline with halogen headlights and manual tailgate? Ouch. As expected, the space is huge – just Passat. With a trunk volume of 650 to 1780 liters, it puts the entire combination competition in its pocket, apart from the Mercedes E-Class and Skoda Superb Combi. On the test drive, our Passat shows itself to be free of defects typical of the model. The six-speed DSG pulls off and shifts smoothly, particularly atypical for this mileage. The all-wheel drive also works, sending power to the rear wheels when necessary. This can be prevented by a defective Haldex pump – easy to test on a smooth surface. (Overview: Everything about the VW Passat)
|Technical data: VW Passat Variant 2.0 TDI|
|engine||Four-cylinder / front cross|
|Valves / camshafts||4 per cylinder / 2|
|power||140 kW (190 PS) at 3500 rpm|
|Torque||400 Nm at 1900 rpm|
|Maximum speed||228 km / h|
|0-100 km / h||7.9 s|
|Tank / fuel||66 l / diesel|
|Gear / drive||6-speed DSG / all-wheel drive|
|Length Width Height||4767/1832/1516 mm|
|Trunk volume||650-1780 liters|
|Empty weight / payload||1674/566 kg|
The timing belt change should have been done in good time
Given the high mileage, it’s no wonder: springs can be broken and dampers knocked out.
© Sandra Beckefeldt / AUTO BILD
Once you have reached cruising speed, the interior remains nice and quiet and stress-free. The 190 hp and 400 Newton meters of the two-liter diesel are quite suitable for the left lane – with a consumption of around six liters. If you want more power, you will find it with the 2.0 TSI with 272 or 280 PS or the BiTDI with two turbochargers, 240 PS and a proud 500 Newton meters of torque. Here, however, you should make sure that the timing belt change was done on time. With the BiTDI it is already available after 120,000 kilometers, not just after 210,000 kilometers like with all other diesels. During the main inspection, the inspectors often complain about the brakes and shock absorbers above average, which is no wonder considering the high mileage of the Wolfsburg. Loss of oil is also often complained about at the first HU – so the underbody is worth a look before buying. The inspector does not look at assistants, cameras and navigation systems that tend to fail. Easy to control when buying, high costs can arise here if something has to be replaced. All in all, however, the Passat is now largely unproblematic and significantly more reliable than its predecessor (B6), which, despite being revised in 2010 (then B7), was technically largely from 2005. Cheat software was also a big issue there for the diesel – fortunately, the B8 is no longer affected.
Better to invest a little more money
Conclusion by Jonas Uhlig and Malte Büttner: The eighth generation Passat is rock solid as a used car, the selection from the dealers is huge. The Variant is recommended with its space, the sedan is almost a rarity. Judgment: four out of five.
|Cost: VW Passat Variant 2.0 TDI|
|Test consumption||6.3 l D / 100 km|
|CO2||167 g / km|
|Liability (14) *||452 euros|
|Partially comprehensive (24) *||256 euros|
|Fully comprehensive (21) *||709 euros|
|Vehicle tax (Euro 6)||238 euros|
|Spare part prices **|
|Alternator (AT)||801 euros|
|Starter (AT)||487 euros|
|Water pump (AT)||453 euros|
|Timing belt||520 euros|
|Rear silencer||464 euros|
|Front left fender, painted||740 euros|
|Brake discs and pads||594 euros|
|* Online tariff of the HUK24 insurance: registration in Hamburg, driver only policyholders and partners (25 years old), annual mileage 15,000 km, no-claims class 1; ** Prices including wages and 19 percent sales tax|
* Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions and, if applicable, the power consumption of new cars can be found in the “Guide to Official Fuel Consumption”, which is available free of charge at all sales points and from “Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH” (www .dat.de).