Classy, comfortable and refined, the Passat is a genuine rival to the established executive carsread the full model review
This just brings sportier styling inside and out, along with better LED headlights over GT trim. The most powerful petrol and diesel versions also get adjustable dampers.
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.