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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.

Volkswagen Passat Saloon
44 5stars

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 16 Volkswagen Passat versions available

Saloon 1.4 TSI 122 S 4dr £20,240
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 S 4dr £21,000
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 Bluemotion 4dr £21,270
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 140 S 4dr £22,290
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 R-Line 4dr £22,345
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 Executive 4dr £22,545
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.4 TSI 160 Highline 4dr £22,705
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.4 TSI 160 R-Line 4dr £22,705
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.4 TSI 160 Executive 4dr £22,905
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 140 R-Line 4dr £23,460
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 Executive Style 4dr £23,540
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 140 Executive 4dr £23,660
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.4 TSI 160 Executive Style 4dr £23,900
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 140 Executive Style 4dr £24,655
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 177 Executive 4dr £25,010
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 177 Executive Style 4dr £26,005
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2.0 TDI 140 SE Bluemotion Tech 4dr

Yes I know 2 stars sounds improbable for a new Passat , let me explain... I've had almost all rep mobiles over the past 15 years, and because I've…

Chris Cooke

2 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Passat Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 SE Bluemotion Tech 4dr

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…

Rob O'Hare

3 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Passat Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 SE Bluemotion Tech 4dr

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…

Ashley Brown

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2.0 TDI 170 Sport B'motion Tec 4dr

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…

Geoff Howarth

3 out of 5 stars
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