All versions come with an 8.0in touchscreen with super clear graphics and very user-friendly menus. In fact, other than the swish systems in premium rivals such as the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Estate, the Passat’s system is about the best there is. Every model includes a DAB radio and Bluetooth.
If you move up to SE Business, you get sat-nav along with speed limit display, 3D maps and online features including live traffic, weather and local parking space reports.
We’d recommend adding the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interface so you can use your smartphone apps via the touchscreen – including its sat-nav if you have the S trim without this built in. The top-spec 9.2in screen upgrade isn’t really worth the extra cost, though; it’s expensive and some of its added features, such as gesture control, don’t work very well.