Volkswagen Passat GTE - best plug-in hybrid cars

VW Passat GTE front
27 Jul, 2017 4:20pm

Family car hybrid is offered in saloon and estate guises

Until recently, if you wanted a petrol Passat, the GTE was the only model you could choose. It's the sportiest saloon that Volkswagen builds, although that GTE badge is a bit of a red herring, or blue if you take the car's detailing at face value. While the GTE badge harks to the famous GTI name plate, and the smaller Golf GTE does a reasonable impression of the hot hatch, the Passat GTE is more the relaxed cruiser.

It gets a more powerful 1.4 TSI petrol engine, designed to cope better with the Passat's larger body, while emissions of 39g/km make it an attractive proposition for business users. Even better is the fact that it also comes as an estate, offering family-friendly practicality to go with the super-low running costs.

Thankfully, the pliant ride and hushed on-road manners mean the Passat GTE is a great family cruiser that's loaded with kit, as long as you can justify the high purchase price.

Top 10 best plug-in hybrids to buy now

  1. 1. BMW i3 REx
  2. 2. MINI Countryman S E
  3. 3. Volkswagen Golf GTE
  4. 4. Toyota Prius PHV
  5. 5. BMW 330e
  6. 6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  7. 7. Volkswagen Passat GTE
  8. 8. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
  9. 9. Mercedes-Benz C350e
  10. 10. Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
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