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 TDI SCR 190
This engine offers impressive acceleration, but most of the time the lower-powered 2.0-litre version feels virtually as quick. It comes with the choice of a manual or automatic gearbox, but because it’s available only in high-end trim levels, it’s expensive. In short, it’s not really worth the extra over the 2.0 TDI 150.