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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

    David Jacobs Date: 04/07/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    This car is a nice smooth motorway car. It runs well, has enough power to overtake when you need to, and can happily cruise at motorway speeds.

    It has very poor low down torque, it is an easy car to stall, so to pull away it does need some revs. It also has quite bad turbo lag.....no power...no power....then whoosh! This can have a bad effect on passengers if they get car sick easily.

    The boot is adequate though obviously not as practical as a hatchback.

    It is fairly economical on the motorway.

  • 1.8 TSI Highline 4dr

    Omar Abdul Date: 23/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is just an update on my last review in March.

    Now I have done 500 miles and my Passat is still strong. So far, there have been no problems.

    It's excellent to drive, has fantastic road-handling and quality is absolutely top class. I just cannot fault it. Well done, VW!

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 4dr

    J Kelly Date: 20/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my 3rd Passat TDI SE in a row, so I have obviously been impressed by my other 1.9 diesel models. I have covered 10,000 miles of hard driving in 6 months on motorways and A and B class roads and as usual my VW has not missed a beat. Overall I feel that this new 2.0 cc TDI model is a big improvement on my previous ones in terms of appearance and internal trim. I absolutely love the electronic handbrake, which is very effective, and also the pop-up boot lid. I opted for front and rear parking sensors, although, the rear sensors on this car are not as sensitive or wide ranging as those on my my last Passat. The car is more powerful than the 1.9 although the ride is not as good as on earlier Passats. Wind and road noise at speed is negigible. The seats are well upholstered and very supportive and it is easy to obtain a comfortable driving position. My only niggle is that the aluminium dashboard trim reflects onto the driver's wing mirror, meaning that you have take your eyes off the road for that bit longer to be sure of what you are seeing. If VW made the Passat in hatchback form then it would have a world beater. Would I buy another Passat - Absolutely yes!

    Jack Kelly, Glasgow

  • 2.0 TDI 140 S 4dr

    Ben Yeats , Oxfordshire . Date: 11/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a company car; I drive many cars so I hope my observations are reasonably objective. Given my general dislike of this car, it is fair to start with the positives: it offers generous interior space; at motorway speeds the car is refined; the gearshift is precise. As with previous VW diesels I have driven, this one delivers a healthy slug of torque –excellent for overtaking –and good fuel economy. Now the negative points: the engine is unrefined, vibrating through the steering wheel and peddles. The throttle response is poor. The handling, whilst fine on undemanding roads, deteriorates when the road is more challenging. Grip is good but the body control is terrible, lurching from side to side through sharper turns. The steering provides poor feel around the straight-ahead position. The interior quality is much worse than previous VWs I have owned. There is an annoying dashboard rattle that randomly occurs. The lower half of the dashboard, which projects towards the occupants, is made from an unpleasant solid plastic. The electronic parking brake is dreadful; the flimsy plastic button takes longer, requires more effort and is less pleasant to use than a conventional handbrake. It also failed, resulting in an immobile car. My dealer experience was poor; the staff offering a patronising manner and an unwillingness to admit to problems. No car is perfect and this one is not terrible, but the characteristics of this Passat irritate much more than they satisfy.

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