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For The Passat is a comfortable and refined high-speed cruiser, with a plush, roomy cabin. It’s also relatively cheap to own, either as a company or private car.

Against Models with the largest wheels suffer from too much road noise on coarse surfaces, while the versions higher up the range are pretty expensive.

Volkswagen Passat Saloon
44 5stars

The Volkswagen Passat is classy, spacious and has plenty of high-tech equipment. It does everything you’d ask of a family saloon, yet is also good enough to challenge executive rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

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There are 13 Volkswagen Passat versions available

Saloon 1.6 TDI 120 S 4dr £22,215 TBA
Saloon 1.6 TDI 120 SE 4dr £23,310 TBA
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 S 4dr £23,340
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 120 SE Business 4dr £24,010 TBA
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 SE 4dr £24,435
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business 4dr £25,135
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 120 GT 4dr £25,305 TBA
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 GT 4dr £26,430
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 R-Line 4dr £27,425
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 190 GT 4dr £27,780
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 190 R-Line 4dr £28,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 240 BiTDI SCR GT 4dr £34,510
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 240 BiTDI SCR R-Line 4dr £35,505
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

We’d recommend a 2.0-litre diesel model. They’re quick and effortless to drive, but most importantly they’re also economical and tax efficient. Our favourite is the 148bhp version, which offers the best blend of price, pace and running costs. The four-wheel-drive twin-turbo 2.0-litre model makes overtaking a breeze, but despite the extra power, it doesn’t feel that much faster than the less powerful versions.

Our favourite trim is SE, which comes with plenty of equipment, including a user-friendly touch-screen infotainment system, front and rear parking sensors, nine airbags and automatic emergency braking. It also has a relatively modest price, whereas the top-end versions are pricey.

In fact, the Passat’s pricing puts it up against mainstream rivals such as the Ford Mondeo, as well as (smaller) cars from premium manufacturers such as Audi and BMW. It stacks up well against them all, so is a fine choice whether you’re a private buyer or company car driver.

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