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Volkswagen Passat VII Variant - 2.0 TDI BMT and Hobby

C Taylor reviewed on 02-12-2017 a Volkswagen Passat VII Variant - 2.0 TDI BMT (103 Kw/140 bhp year: november 2010 - december 2014) and a Hobby De Luxe 545 KMF of (laden) 1575 kg.

I was a little apprehensive when I ordered the Hobby 545kmf because it is a fairly big caravan and on paper the weight is quite close to the Passat's towing limit, but I needn't have worried.

The car takes everything in it's stride comfortably cruising along in 6th gear on the cruise control at 60mph and still enough remaining power to accelerate above 60mph if needed without the need to change down.

On motorway inclines, 6th gear is still possible, but steeper inclines, it is necessary to change down to 5th or even 4th gear, but 60mph is still attainable in 4th gear, so not a problem.

An average of 30mpg was obtained on our last trip to southern Holland, which we were pleased with. (Fairly flat motorways)

The Winterhoff Hitchcock keeps everything stable, just the usual slight pull if passed by a heavy goods vehicle.

Just had to get used to the extra width of the outfit as the 545kmf is 2.5m wide instead of the typical 2.3m UK vans. Extra long towing mirrors required. All in all, very happy.

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