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.
If you’re looking for something quick but also effortless, then this 217bhp 2.0 petrol engine, with its strong, linear power delivery, will satisfy you perfectly. It does struggle to put down its power in tricky conditions, though.