Which used Volkswagen Passat estate should I buy?
Avoid the 113bhp 1.6-litre FSI petrol. It's just about okay when there's only you in the car, but life becomes a struggle with a full load on board.
Our favourite engine is the 138bhp 2.0 TDI. It's not the most powerful in the range, but it offers more-than-adequate performance. There's another, more powerful 167bhp 2.0 TDI unit which gives a very nice drive, while the 104bhp 1.9 TDI offers reasonable performance thanks to strong pulling power.
Fastest of all is the four-wheel-drive 3.2-litre 4Motion with its 247bhp petrol V6. Other petrol engines include a 148bhp 2.0-litre and the Golf GTI's 197bhp 2.0-litre turbo.
Top SEL trim provides leather as standard, Sport versions have electric seats, while SE cars get rear electric windows. But, even the base S is adequately kitted out, with air-con and a CD player, so there's precious little point in seeking out any of the more expensive ones.
Facelifted models, from 2010 onwards, followed the same basic trim line-up but received more standard kit, and a new R-Line trim was introduced. Meanwhile the new Highline trim replaced the SE.
At the start of 2014, Volkswagen also introduced a couple of luxury trim levels - Executive and Executive Style - while at the same time pensioning off the Highline, Sport and R-Line trims.