For The VW Passat Estate is stylish, spacious, desirable and relaxing to drive. Residuals are strong and most versions are well equipped.
Against Some of the interior trim is a bit dour and the front seats could do with a little more support. Folding the rear seats down is fiddly.
The Volkswagen Passat Estate is one of the best cars in its class and scores highly in just about every area.
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As well as cutting a suitable dash in the corporate car park, the Passat is good to drive, if not quite as accomplished as a Ford Mondeo. There are some fine engines, most of which are very competitive for CO2 emissions and fuel economy.
For the most part, the Passat lives up to its upmarket image. It’s solidly built and looks the part, but some of the interior plastics aren’t as plush as you might expect.
Of the trims available, we’d recommend the mid-range Highline model. The S has all the essentials including air-conditioning, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a USB port and four electric windows, but Highline adds desirable items like sat-nav, automatic headlights and wipers, climate and cruise controls, front and rear parking sensors and more chrome trim.
A number of high-tech options are available, including systems that steers the car into a suitable parking space for you and one that can stop the car at low speed if you get too close to the one in front.
I have this model with the sports seat option. This may seem absurd with a 0-62 time that is measured in days but if you are not a fat slug the…
I rented this car for a weekend for a 400 mile round trip for 5 adults. I was not shown how to start the engine (pretty basic stuff) but had no…
I hired this car for a round-trip of 450 miles using a mixture of motorways, A-roads, and town driving. The car was comfortable, spacious, well-built,…
For us, this is the best version of the Passat, providing all the power and kit you want while keeping purchase prices and running costs reasonable.