Classy, comfortable and refined, the Passat is a genuine rival to the established executive carsread the full model review
We’d recommend upgrading to SE Business over S as you get sat-nav, LED headlights, ErgoComfort seats with greater adjustment, three-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors plus tinted rear glass. It’s easily our favourite version.
This engine is smooth and promises good economy, but it does have to be revved quite hard if you want decent pace. The optional seven-speed automatic gearbox goes some way to concealing the relative shortage of shove (a six-speed manual ’box is standard) and reduces CO2 emissions, so is worth considering.