The VW Passat is a big family car that competes directly with rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6. It’s more expensive than the Mondeo or 6, but cheaper than smaller, more upmarket rivals including the Audi A3 Saloon and BMW 3 Series. The saloon boot opening is a touch less practical than the Mondeo’s big hatchback, but the Passat counters with a plusher interior and better resale values.
Pick a mid-range Passat – especially the 2.0 TDI 150 SE that we favour – and you’ve got one of the best large executive or family saloons going. It’s relaxing to drive, well equipped, spacious and offers competitive costs for private or business owners.