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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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131 reader reviews for Volkswagen Passat Saloon.
  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 4dr

    Chris Hope , Somerset . Date: 06/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    I have owned my Passat since April 2011 and covered around 20k in that time.

    Lets start with the good.

    Great engine: Pulls hard, quiet and refined. Bit chuggy on start when its cold but runs well. Economical: Average well over 50mpg on a long run and around 45ish on my short daily commute. (Had 60mpg at times) Cabin: Cabin is well laid out and comfortable, more than enough for 4 adults, especially the leather seats but...... see the cons for more. Boot: Very large. Handling: Excellent on the motorway and nice to drive on the A roads. never going to be a B road monster. Running costs: Insurance has been broadly good and the tax is only £170, servicing is good at an independent VW garage.

    And the bad..........

    Reliability: Throttle died £350, Brake pad failure £100, Glowplug £70, Handbrake switch £40, Air in the brakes £££, sticky ABS pump £££, intermittent handbrake faults. Cabin: Rattles and squeaks, rubberised finish readily wears off doors and door handles, upgraded touchscreen stereo is a bit glaring at night (should have darker night mode).

    Overall i really like this car. Its fast, comfortable and nice to drive on a long motorway slog. BUT........ It's let me down time and again. Only luck I've had was i had a VW recall to replace all 4 diesel injectors for free (at £500 a pop). If you have a good'un i think this would be an amazing car, but i feel a little too jaded by the experience to get another. Maybe a BMW 3 series or Ford Mondeo next.

  • 1.9 TDI S 4dr

    Robert Mobile , . Date: 12/06/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    Bought car 2009 at 40k miles on clock. Since then I've had to replace both rear electronic brake calipers, to be fair this is probably wear and tear but the bill was eyewatering, £200+ each for the work. Then car would not start at times, new immobiliser module needed £500+. It started jumping out of 2nd gear, went to specialist and was told it was a common problem, best cost option was to fit a recon gearbox, £500+. Nice car to drive on motorway and not to bad about town, mpg in town around 42 on longer motorway trips I got over 47mpg so happy with that. Mine was an estate which does have large boot with good access. Equipment level was poor, I know it was only the S model, but I thinks it is the only car I had in the last 20 years with no rear speaker for the radio! Basic radio/cd, basic air con, no cruise, front only electric windows.

    I would have been happy with car if the breakdowns had not happened or the bills had been less. However I did get fair price when selling car on so the depreciation cost are possibly lower than some other cars.

    Would I buy another passat, no.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 4dr

    Matt Bond , . Date: 28/02/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Had this car for 90k from new. A 56 plate. In over 2,000,000 miles driven this one has broken down the most of any car I have had. DO NOT get a 2.0 tdi PD engine. Go for the CR one. Based on the dealers comments and the recovery drivers they seem to know about the PD engine.

    It is a lovely comefortable motorway cruiser with a big cabin and a cavernous boot. Great vehicle with lovely touches. Lockable rear seats so have a nice secure boot. Coin draws at a sensible location to grab toll money from. Comfortable, if slightly narrow, seats. Reasonable handling. Just pray not a hot summer as the air con is VERY underpowered even from new. Had it checked and they said was right, but it could not cool the cabin and if anyone was in the rear then the windows had to be opened on a hot day.

    The cons...the reliability. 3 injectors failed - one after another. 1st one at 86k and sat in dealers for over a week. No warning just cuts out and you are left with extremely heavy and unassisted brakes and stearing. VW not interested but know it is an issue according to all 4 local dealers. 1 turbo failed at about 50k Hand brake switch broke so brake would not come off Hand brake wiring loom failed with same result as above Rear boot would not shut as catch failed with less than 2k on the clock Front suspension struts and stearing rack replaced under warranty Rear window switches replaced both on passenger door and drivers door at seperate times.

    There is more but you get the idea!

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 4dr

    John Noble , Merseyside . Date: 17/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    Coming to the end of my 3 year lease on this car and so sad to give it up. It's been v.reliable not a thing wrong in over 50k miles. still looks stunning (when clean!) and agree with previous entry that for your money you'll have to go along way to get better. Engine is wonderful, could listen to it all day and with 140ps there's the right amount of power all the way through the range without giving you whiplash. It's making my new car extremely had to find.

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