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.
Our pick of the range, this engine is punchy and flexible enough to offer easy overtaking when you need it, and it’s quiet on the motorway. Avoid the optional six-speed automatic gearbox if you can – it’s an older ’box than the seven-speeder fitted to some Passat models, and not only does it make for poorer fuel economy, it can be a bit slow to respond.