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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 SE 4dr

    peter reilly , worcs . Date: 21/09/2005
    • 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

    A very fine cabin, just the odd rough edge on mouldings etc let it down.

    The quiet engine (2.0-litre TDI) is punchy and frugal, but a fair bit of tyre rumble on some surfaces spoils the smooth motorway ride.

    The brakes are firm and powerful. My main gripes are the steering - which is far too light at speed and produces a slightly nervous effect a bit like driving in a cross wind - and the DSG gearbox.

    Yes, I know it's heresy to criticise it but the power take up from the off is too abrupt, making slow reversing for parking a bit nerve-racking.

    Hill starts are also tricky. Unlike my previous torque-converter autos, the DSG will allow the car to roll backwards in first on a hill, so you need to use the push-button hand brake. This is not easy and, coupled with the abrupt power feed, not much fun in traffic.

    These two issues aside, the Passat is pretty good, with a massive boot, comfortable seats, well equiped and better looking than the previous model.

  • 2.0 TDI 170 Sport DPF 4dr

    John Haley Date: 21/08/2005
    • 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

    My car

    I have driven the 2.0 Tdi Sport and SE. Both are very good cars, but I prefer the Sport as the handling was better and the ride was still good.

    Loads of cabin space, well equipped and very good engine. It's so good I think I'm going to get one but it's close between this and the Honda Accord. Any ideas?

  • 1.9 TDI SE 4dr

    Jim Bradley Date: 18/08/2005
    • 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

    My car

    Took delivery of the new Passat TDI, having been 'forced' back to diesel due to spiralling fuel costs.

    The car is a pleasant surprise, quiet and powerful with bags of room.

    The cabin is well finished and very comfortable for both driver and passengers - my three daughters love the space!

    Styling is miles ahead of the older model Passat and in graphite blue with chrome and alloys it certainly gets second glances from other drivers.

    The car drives very well with very little engine or road noise coming into the cabin. The solid feel of the car and the safety features that come as standard inspire a ot of confidence and the new techie gadgets such as the button hand-brake are great.

    Overall, I'm impressed and so are my friends. VW are onto a definite winner with the new Passat. Drive one and see!

  • 2.0 TDI 170 SEL 4dr

    Andrew Bristow Date: 09/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    My car

    Comfortable, economical and powerful with good space, although the fore and aft visibility is poor.

    It would be a winner were it not for that dreadful, daft push-button parking brake. The one on my car caused stalling in first gear.

    It wouldn't work unless the seat belts were fastened (both, if you had a passenger) and occasionally didn't work at all. Also, you can't tell if it's engaged without looking at the dashboard.

    Please, VW, go back to a conventional handbrake and don't succumb to using pointless technology just because you can.

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