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Published Date: 02/03/2015

Volkswagen Passat Estate grabs top award 

The new Volkswagen Passat Estate has been named Estate Car of the Year at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2015.

On sale since last month, the Passat Estate was chosen by a panel of 27 professional motoring journalists to be given the esteemed award.

Judges were impressed by the car’s quality, prestige, space and value for money – John Challen, Managing Director of UK Car of the Year Awards, said, “The ultimate estate just happens to also be a car that is comfortable, great to drive and a very pleasant place to be.”

Towcar expert and motoring journalist David Motton, said, “With sharp new styling and a huge 650-litre boot, you can't buy a better estate than the Passat for sensible money.  It's spacious, economical and rivals the prestige German brands for interior quality.”

The new Passat Estate is available with a number of engines including four diesel powertrains, ranging in power output from 118bhp to 236bhp.

A plug-in hybrid GTE version with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and electric version will follow later this year.

The BlueMotion variant joins the line-up in June equipped with a 1.6-litre engine that returns 78mpg and produces just 95 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Keep your eyes peeled at next week’s Geneva Motors Show as the Alltrack version of the Estate will make its public debut.

From launch, five different trim options are on offer; the S, SE, SE Business, GT and R-Line.

Each trim comes with a generous amount of standard kit including Post-Colission Braking System and mis-fuelling prevention; Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Crash system, Driver Profile Selection, Ergo Comfort seats and front and rear parking sensors in SE and above.

Heated Alcantara seats, three-zone climate control and 18-inch wheels are standard on GT, while the range-topping R-Line adds a host of bespoke design features.  Innovations on the Passat range include a world-first Trailer Assist system, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached.

Prices for the award-winning all-new Volkswagen Passat Estate start at £23,745; a saloon version of the Passat is also available with prices starting at £22,215.

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