I have always somehow hated VW's for their obvious and dull design and I reluctantly accepted this one as my company car... well, after nearly a year of use and well over 50.000 km on the clock I must admit I am totally surprised! I am a keen driver and I do trash it around quite severely; but the car seams to be made out solid rock: no squeeks, no rattles, everything working as if it has just got off the production line. After owning an A4 and 5 series and recently a S-Max, I have to admit, this one drives very well - sporty when needed and relaxing on the long trips. Mine is the 4-motion version, which, I believe, gives it additional grip and it is great to drive on snowy roads (great fun too, if you wish some thrills...). The average consumption is 7 ltr/100 km, which for a car of this size, the permanent 4-wheel drive, my heavy right foot and 200 km daily on the highway, is a miracle. But also other costs are well below the rest of the cars I owned: the regular service is 200 EUR. The drawbacks? Hmmmm... none. Well, perhaps the design, which is neat, but a little anonimuos. But yet again, this car is not meant to show off. Perhaps I wonly wish it had a few gadgets more, such as the DSG gear box and perhaps that it had a dozen of BHPs more. But all in all, a great car and after cruising from badge to badge, this Passat makes me put the hated VW brand on top of my wishlist for my future car choices.
Dejan Bozic, April 22nd 2012