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Entry-level S trim is pretty sparsely equipped. It has air-con, 16in alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system, digital radio and a USB socket, but it’s well worth spending the extra on the more lavishly equipped SE Business version.
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.