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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 Whitley Date: 04/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've previously owned two old-style Passats, and when the new model was launched, I just had to have one. They look great and drive well. However I've just swapped it with a few quid on top for a Golf GTI.

    Why? Well, the electronic parking brake is daft - it doesn't release. VW clearly has a design fault here which could be costly. The heated rear windscreen didn't work, apparently because it was fitted with the wrong fuse. So, for all Passat drivers who garage their car, don't be surprised if you discover this next winter. The rattles and squeaks derived from shoddy materials that make up the interior let the good looks of the exterior down.

    After a visit to correct the brake (it still doesn't always release) the car came back with squeaky brakes. It was a huge disappointment for me, because I am a huge VW fan. I just don't consider it acceptable to pay over £20,000 for a car that doesn't work properly.

    I can't be bothered with the dealership excuses and find it hard to believe that only 'a couple' of vehicles have had problems. I've met other drivers who didn't realise the brake should release automatically and spend their days stamping on the footbrake and pressing the release button. Bring back the old model.

  • 1.9 TDI S 4dr

    Graeme Young , Fife . Date: 28/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having recently changed my company car from the worlds thirstiest Shogun Sport 2.5TD Warrior to the Passat 1.9 TDI I am very pleased, my monthly fuel bill has halved! I am averaging 48mpg currently.

    Despite the 1.9 TDI being only 105bhp it still has more than enough when needing to overtake. The overall drive is pleasant and comfortable, although the front seats are a bit narrow for your back, they certainly "hug" you. The push button hand brake takes a bit of getting used to, you constantly find yourself trying to grab a non-existant hand brake between the seats.

    The equipment level is more than acceptable for an entry level car. The stereo is clear and with relatively low road noise you don't need to crank it up. Effective climate control is a bonus, especially in a chilly Scotland!

    On the down side....why didn't VW bother putting a lid on the storage bin between the front seats? I'd swap my umbrella storage for somewhere to rest my left elbow! Also the engine growls quite a bit in 1st and reverse.

    Overall a very nice car to drive.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 4dr

    Nathan Angel Date: 27/01/2006
    • 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

    My car

    Had the new Passat for about 3 months and I think it is a significant improvement on the last model. Quality is excellent and its a great car on those long journeys there are loads of nice VW touches that make things tha little bit nicer. Button hand brake is a little weird at first but its simple to use once used to it. Boot is huge and very accesible for a saloon. Sport spec addds some nice external features which make really add to the look of the car.

    Consumption has been pretty close to the brochure and its easilty achieves 46mpg with fill ups about every 650 miles.

    Whilst not being the fastest, flashest car out there its a great car and for the price is unbeatable.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 4dr

    Guy Janney Date: 20/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have recently reviewed and driven several Passat rivals due to an impending car change. I drive about 30,000 miles a year, so it has to be a diesel.

    I brought it down to the Honda Accord and the Passat. While the Passat is very good in some ways, for the latest design in the group I was shocked at how many sillies there are in the design. The electronic handbrake is silly, bordering on dangerous - try using it for hill starts. There's poor fit on some seals, poor side wind stability and road noise, although overall the ride is very good.

    The biggest thing is the cost. I drive pretty positively, not mad, and I was getting about 34mpg in the 2.0 TDI - appalling for a 2.0-litre diesel. The Accord with a 2.2-litre diesel and much better torque was giving me 45mpg.

    My advice to anyone looking at this class is to drive the Honda - the petrols and diesels are far more economical, and all the kit is included (try pricing a Passat on a like-for-like basis!). Ride and handling are better in my view, the dealer charges are far more sensible and it won't go wrong.

    We have a selection of company cars including BMWs, VWs and Hondas,.The BMWs go wrong once a month, the VWs once every two months and the Hondas just work - 0 failures to date honestly! In case you haven't guessed - I'm waiting for a 2006 Accord.

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