Volkswagen Passat review

Manufacturer price from:£22,195
What Car? Target Price:£20,485
Search new Passat deals
Volkswagen Passat
Review continues below...
10 May 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:21

In this review

Overall rating

What Car? says...

It’s easy to think of the executive car market in two halves: mainstream models from the likes of Ford and Vauxhall on the one hand, and premium models such as those made by BMW and Mercedes-Benz on the other. There is, however, another option that has carved out its own little niche in-between: the Volkswagen Passat.

With its classily appointed interior, focus on comfort over handling and refined engines, it’s a tempting choice for those who are all too familiar with the motorway. Just remember that, unlike the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport hatchbacks, the Passat is a less practical four-door saloon, just like the posher BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.

If the Passat sounds like your cup of tea, read on for driving impressions, what it’s like inside and how much it’ll cost you. And if you fancy a Passat, visit our new car deals page, where you could grab yourself a bargain.

 

open the gallery11 Images
There are 5 trims available for the Passat saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
S
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 m...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£20,485
Average Saving £1,710
View Trim
OUR PICK
SE Business
We’d recommend upgrading to SE Business over S as you get sat-nav, LED headlights, ErgoComfort seats with greater adjustment, three-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control with automatic emer...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£22,132
Average Saving £1,853
View Trim
Bluemotion
This trim level is reserved solely for the tax-efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine. It gets all the kit of S trim, but with 17in alloy wheels, lowered suspension, unique front and rear bumpers, and B...View trim
Fuel Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£23,092
Average Saving £1,938
View Trim
GT
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 whee...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£23,944
Average Saving £2,011
View Trim
R Line
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...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£25,044
Average Saving £2,106
View Trim