This is it, the Passat with 7% additional tax liability. You don’t have to know everything. Shall we go get lunch? Else we don’t know what to do with the rest of our time. Maybe I could tell more about the VW Passat GTE. Indeed, 45 grams CO2 emissions, because it’s a plug-in hybrid. They say it’s VW’s second. The XL1 was a plug-in hybrid as well, so maybe it’s the third. It’s the same recipe as the Golf GTE. A 1.4 TSI with 148 hp and 184 lb ft. It always has a 6-speed DSG, and an electric motor, which sits between the combustion engine and the DSG, so it shifts along. This means you only get FWD. This has its disadvantages. Electric motors produce a lot of torque. I’m happy we don’t have your typical Dutch summer, the same weather we’ll have in autumn and winter.The first Dutch customers will start driving a Passat GTE by then. On the same slippery road, the Passat GTE has difficulty to get the power down. ESP kicks in, etc. About the handling of the Golf GTE I said it’s no GTI. It’s nice, but not very sporty. The Passat GTE isn’t sporty at all. I think that’s the best summary. It’s very comfortable, rather quick, but the handling isn’t up to scratch. You probably won’t care when you consider buying this car, but the letters may give you the wrong idea. The electric motor puts out a healthy 113 hp, which is nice. I hit the highway fully electric and I can keep up with traffic. The total system power (you can’t just add 148 and 113) is 212 hp. The performance is decent. 0-62 mph takes 8 seconds. The top speed is over 137 mph, but you’ll need a long stretch of Autobahn. We didn’t have this long stretch, so we couldn’t reach the top speed. The fuel mileage according to the test cycle is 118 mpg, which explains the 35 grams CO2 emissions. BP Ultimate Unleaded 98: better performance, cleans the engine, reduces resistance and wear.Of course you’ll be driving electric most of the time, so you won’t have much to do with this. What we know of the Golf GTE, which probably goes for the Passat GTE as well: if you use the combustion engine more often, it’s not the most economical hybrid on the market. Think Outlander numbers. These aren’t my words; someone at Travelcar said this and I believe him. If you’re driving long distances interspersed with urban traffic, a Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid may be better, because it’s more economical. On the other hand, the Passat has some huge advantages. One is the large trunk. You
can put a lot of stuff in there. I don’t know if it’s smaller than in a regular Passat’s, but it looks big.You can stash everything in there. There’s a lot of space in the back as well. That’s the Passat’s charm. It has a lot of room, it’s comfortable, you get a modern assistant system, VW is up-to-date with active cruise control, lane assist (which is annoying), traffic sign recognition… It no longer works here. I get it. There are a lot of traffic signs along the Dutch roads, so even a computer system wants to give up. It is complete, with a very nice finish. You can put your head down on every surface and fall asleep. You’ll have the best night’s rest ever. You probably want to run to the dealer right now. I have bad news for you, because it’s sold out for this year. Pon, the importer, hopes to get more cars to the Netherlands, but I think that’ll be difficult. It won’t be the thousands needed. The Passat GTE was sold out during pre-order. The price is a little under 45,000 euros for the sedan. The wagon is a little over 46,000 euros. You can also buy a TDI with 21% additional tax liability.If you do the math, you can spend 33,000 euros on a TDI. They’re a little more expensive than that. A Passat GTE will be relatively favorable next year, with a number of disadvantages. You’ll need a charging station. I want you to charge at home and at work. That’s another 3,000 euros. That’s a bit of an advantage. Plus, some fleet managers aren’t happy with plug-in hybrids because the fuel mileage often isn’t as good in practice. Subtitles – Maru’s Text Support .