Volkswagen Passat GTE Priced From €44,250 In Germany

JUN 9 2015 BY MARK KANE 19

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen opened the order books for the plug-in hybrid Passat GTE, which is available in sedan and Variant (wagon) versions.

Sedan begins at €44,250 ($49,853), while Variant costs €1,000 more – €45,250 ($50,980). Pricing of GTE begins at level at which the conventional models ends, meaning that the plug-in version is on the uppermost end of the pricing structure for the Passat.

According to Volkswagen, Passat GTE fuel economy stands at 1.6 l / 100 km and 12.2 kWh / 100 km (combined). These figures are similar to the plug-in hybrid Golf GTE.

All-electric range is up to 50 km / 31 miles (NEDC) from 9.9 kWh lithium-ion battery, but in the real world range will be closer to 20 miles.

1.4-liter TSI gas engine with 156 HP (115 kW) is supported by an electric motor with 115 HP (85 kW) and 400 Nm (243 lb-ft) for total 160 kW / 219 hp system power. Electric motor allows for 130 km/h (81 mph) top speed, above which the the gas engine comes into game up to 225 km/h (140 mph).

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant and Volkswagen Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant and Volkswagen Passat GTE

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19 Comments on "Volkswagen Passat GTE Priced From €44,250 In Germany"

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Anon

Plug-in Hyburd?

Robb Stark

So more expensive and less capable than an Opel Ampera.

Brian

Yet at the same time, larger and far more useful. There is market for them both. In fact, I’m guessing there is more market for this car since the Opel seems to have been a flop in Europe.

Priusmaniac

5 seats, a huge difference for families. But 20 miles real world range really sucks. To bad there isn’t a larger i3.

PVH

Just too expensive for what it is.

Robert Utess

The four door kinda looks like a old Coda to me.

pjwood1

There must be at least $2,000 worth of battery in there.

Brian

Wow, so much negativity around this car. I think it’s great that VW is finally getting into the PHEV game. This is the first PHEV version of a standard car with no compromise to trunk space. That’s pretty important.

The only downside is the price. I don’t know how cars are usually priced in Europe, but that seems very high to me.

Stephen

Remove almost 20% in taxes and you get a better number to compare to US prices.

Brian

So we’re talking about a ~$40k car here. The Passat tops off at about $36k, so the numbers make sense; it’s just above the highest trim gasser Passat.

It’s a little out of my price range. I could stretch my budget for $40k car, but I won’t for this one. If it came in at $30k, it would be a serious contender.

Yet another model VW does not want to sell.

abc123

Is the battery liquid or air cooled?

James

A positive note on the crop of 20 mile PHEVs that seem to be dribbling out into the streets at snail’s pace – One thing I know about electric drive: It’s addictive. Once that person who bought a 20 mile PHEV experiences those local drives on full electric — just like all us hybrid drivers did, they’ll rue when the gas engine switches on.

So call these cars EV Training Wheels? Or a bridge to that same car buyer’s next car that most definitely will have more EV miles built in, if not all.

Chris B

Agreed James and that is why so many readers here on InsideEVs poo poo these cars. They have tasted larger battery ranges and just don’t have an appetite for anything less. My current Volt has only 35 miles of range, but that basically covers my work commute. While I don’t need to have Volt 2.0s 50 miles of range to be “happy”, I’m not sure I want to settle for any LESS range than I have today (even if I get greater utility and comfort out of it. Conversely, the BMW i3 rex really hits a sweet spot for me in terms of EV range with a backup extender, BUT it has other compromises I don’t care for (so in that instance, EV range does NOT win out for me…after a certain baseline of EV rnage then other attributes of the car become more compelling).

James
I’ve always enjoyed the comparison of cars and women – not because I’m a sexist bastard, but because the analogies just go on and on and on. Same goes for the analogy of cars and men, from a woman’s perspective…except that time my gf said to her, I was a “2 door Accord – sporty, but practical”, lol. Why do we buy a car? Why are we drawn towards a particular model? Oft-times, the same reasoning as to what woman we’re attracted to. Her attributes draw us near. I always said I wanted to date a Ferrari, but not marry one, due to the high maintenance. Today, Ferraris are equally unobtainable, but the maintenance part seems at least simmered down, yet still costs you the sum of a compact car for a tune-up. The “marrying kind”? I always thought a I’d marry something like a Mercedes E Class, or today, a “4 door coupe, like the CLA or CLS. Why? back then, Mercedes were rocks of reliability and safety…so she would be sexy, with class and be loyal and easy to maintain the relationship. Now you get the woman/car connection? Hard to marry a Porsche Boxster, for example – 2… Read more »
James

* and no jokes about marrying a convertible, now!…. You know, so you can take the top down…

Rex Wilson

Good, hope they bring it to USA soon to sell more vehicles here.

Any idea about the launch date.

Sch

You cannot compare the German price with the US price. Actually Ampera entered the German market with 46000€ price only to be reduced much later to 38300€. So one could say Passat is in the exactly same price class.