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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The Passat has a classy, roomy and comfortable cabin and a wide choice of engines

Against It's dull to drive and expensive to run

Verdict You get an imposing family car that’s more upmarket than rivals

Go for… 1.9 TDI 130bhp SE

Avoid… 2.8 V6 4Motion

Volkswagen Passat Saloon
  • 1. Faults with the suspension and axles are the most common in the Passat
  • 2. Gearbox failures are common faults, and costly to fix
  • 3. Comfy cabin keeps out road and mechanical noise
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