For The VW Passat is stylish, spacious, desirable and good to drive. Resale values 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.
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The Volkswagen Passat family car is one of the best cars in its class and scores highly in just about every area.
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There are 15 Volkswagen Passat versions available
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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.
Reader test team says:
Had this car for just under 2 years, covering 56k mainly motorway miles. Replaced a 10 plate Audi A4 SE. Passat 1.6tdi was the only option for me at…
Company car driver, commuting to work everyday in combination of motorway and town/queing traffic and had the car 4 months. I love the feel/drive of…
Bought the Passat 2.0tdi bluemotion 170, specs stated 52mpg town 68mpg motorway, Although we all know getting these is almost imposs ! the best I can…
After owning a 3 year old 2.0 TDi Passat Highline with only a mere 29K on the clock,I recently decoded to purchase a late 2011 Passat 2.0 Tdi Blue…