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For The VW Passat 1.4 TSI 122 S Bluemotion Tech is the cheapest Passat you can buy, but it comes with a strong engine and a decent standard of kit.

Against The 1.6 diesel alternative is more frugal and Highline cars have a few desirable equipment upgrades.

Volkswagen Passat Saloon

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

The VW Passat 1.4 TSI 122 S Bluemotion Tech might be the cheapest petrol-engined version, but this Passat has plenty of kit and power. We reckon it’s worth upgrading to Highline trim, though.

What Car? readers say

3.333333


Key facts

0–60mph
10.3 secs
Top speed
127 mph
Average mpg
47.9
Tank range
738 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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.

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