It’s easy to break the executive car market down into two halves, and the Volkswagen Passat has managed to firmly squeeze itself between the two. Mainstream models from the likes of Skoda and Vauxhall that offer a quality feel at a temptingly low price form one side, and more expensive, premium models including those made by Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, form the other.
So with its classily appointed interior, focus on comfort over handling and prodigious space inside, the Passat is a tempting choice that seems to blend the best of both worlds for those wanting to cut a dash above the regular family saloons on the market. There’s the choice of petrol or diesel power, manual or automatic gearboxes and a range of trim levels, so there are plenty of power and spec combinations to suit most buyers and needs. But are its rivals – on either the mainstream or premium ends of the spectrum – better all-round packages?
Read on to find out in our full Passat review, where we will seek to inform on everything from handling impressions to driving position to illustrate how it compares with rivals. If you finish the next few pages and think you’ll still need more from your Passat, there’s also the Volkswagen Passat Estate, hybrid Passat Estate GTE and the four-wheel-drive Passat Alltrack to help appeal for every need, both personal and business use.
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