Classy, comfortable and refined, the Passat is a genuine rival to the established executive carsread the full model review
A good option if you want lots of kit, but at this price the Passat is straying into the same territory as some more upmarket (albeit smaller and less well equipped) rivals. It comes with 18in wheels, a digital instrument cluster, leather and Alcantara upholstery and a panoramic sunroof. The most powerful petrol and diesel versions also get adjustable dampers and trapezoid exhaust pipes.
Engine:2.0 BiTDI SCR
Opting for this range-topping engine is an expensive choice, not least because it comes with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. It makes the Passat genuinely fast and, although it’s a bit gruff when accelerating, it’s refined enough the rest of the time.