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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 170 Sport DPF 4dr

    Ian Culverhouse , Somerset . Date: 28/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      51

    My car

    I have had this 07 reg saloon car now for 7 months having bought it with 10k on the clock. Its now down 30k miles and I am thoroughly pleased with it. One of the first things I did was have factory retro fit cruise control fitted as I'm on the motorway a lot. I find cuise invaluable. It leaves you fresh at the end of a trip as all you have to do is set it and sit back and relax. I do wish however that I had bought one with parking sensors. This is a large car and the rear is hard to judge through the window. The wife however hates the electronic parking brake whilst I am completely happy with it. My only real gripe is how easy it is to stall. If you dont have enough revs they will dive on clutch lift and simply stop you in your tracks. Surely something can be done about this? Other than that its all positive. The standard stereo is excellent quality, the 170 engine pulls like a train, its immensly comfortable and the interior space impresses daily - especially its cavernous boot. I'd certainly buy another one but would go for the auto next time. I'm also very positive about the dealer. Silver Street in Somerset cant do enough for me. An engine warning light came on recently which was an exhaust sensor fault. They fixed it immediately, under warranty and even updated the ECU with the latest program which had the effect of increasing mpg by about 4-5 up to an average of 50-52 on a run. Very impressive for a large car.

  • 2.0 TDI CR 140 Highline 4dr

    Dave Needham Date: 26/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    SO...the 'terminal' problem with the engine was a big end failure. After loads of fighting with VW (a waste of O2) I'm led to believe that that they replaced the engine. The first 20k service will determine if that was the case...I suspect not.I reckon that they just replaced the bottom end. Leaving the sump & gubbins in the boot (the garage 'PROTECTED' the boot floor with A4 paper!!!!) was a bit of a let down!!! The dash (actually the clutch cable) rattles at 1900RPM AND the autohold still has an habit of refusing to release.

    Would I get another..??? Probably not!

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 4dr

    mark tavner Date: 21/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      54.2

    My car

    I do lots of miles. I’m up to 112,000 in 2 ½ years. I have had problems with the fuel pump along with 300 other Passat drivers and many of our VW’s were of the road for 60 days or more. The service intervals are good at between 17 and 20 thousand miles for me on variable service but the front tyres and brakes need to be looked at every 8 thousand miles. I have also had problems with the Auto handbrake it only works 80% of the time – and yes I have read the hand book . I work with 6 other 55 and 06 plate Passat drivers and they all complain that the auto handbrake is not so ‘Das Auto’ The engine is very powerful at low revs the ride is as comfortable as an A4 and far more comfortable than a C-Class Sport or Avantgarde in my opinion – the Passat is also flaming massive. I got a 2m long sofa bed from IKEA, along with half a kitchen in there over the weekend a passing random white van man was very surprised. Over all its been very good value for money. The engine is more than powerful enough and I only pay £120 a month BIK tax at 40% ~ fantastiche.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 4dr

    Will Hilton Date: 20/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    A company I work for has run a fleet of Passats for many years.The previous model was excellent notching up as many as 350,000 miles!!. The new Passat is not as good as the old model in many areas.

    The same faults plauge all the cars on the fleet. The ride quality unless at motorway speeds is crashy, deisel engines are noisy and rough, squeaky suspensions, electric window faults, door locks jamming, uneven rear tyre wear that VW mechanics admit there is a problem but VW customer service refuse to help!!! Blown turbos, the list goes on and as the mileage increases so do the problems. I really wanted to like tis car but its a massive dissapointment.

    I drive this car almost everday for work and still own the old model for my personal use which I much prefer. Even though on paper this is more powerfull than my 1.9d SE it feels much slower on the road and just doesnt drive as smooth.

    The only positives I can think of is it looks good there is plenty of space inside and lots of handy cubby holes and motorway cruising is fine but that is just not good enough to recommend this car.

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