Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Passat estate?
Any Passat should be rattle-free and feel comparatively fresh because of its rock-solid build quality. However, they do go wrong - perhaps more often than you might think - and (together with the saloon) didn't fare that well in our reliability survey.
It was a mid-ranker in the JD Power customer satisfaction report, although owners rated quality and reliability as above average.