Volkswagen Passat review

Category: Executive car

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Volkswagen Passat saloon 2019 LHD UK plate front tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat saloon 2019 LHD UK plate rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2019 LHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2019 LHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2019 LHD boot
  • Volkswagen Passat saloon 2019 LHD UK plate front head-on
  • Volkswagen Passat saloon 2019 LHD UK plate front static
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2019 rear static
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2019 front seats
  • Volkswagen Passat saloon 2019 LHD UK plate front tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat saloon 2019 LHD UK plate rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2019 LHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2019 LHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2019 LHD boot
  • Volkswagen Passat saloon 2019 LHD UK plate front head-on
  • Volkswagen Passat saloon 2019 LHD UK plate front static
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2019 rear static
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2019 front seats
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Our pick of the Volkswagen Passat engine range is the 1.5 TSI EVO 150 petrol engine. Producing 148bhp, it combines sensible running costs with a decent slug of mid-range guts, and provides plenty of vim when revved out.

If you’re after a diesel, your only option is the 148bhp 2.0 TDI EVO 150. It has plenty of oomph and pulls well from low revs, making accelerating up to motorway speeds an easy affair, even with all five seats filled. 

R-Line cars come with sports suspension (optional on other versions) that lowers the car by around 15mm and adds front shock absorbers. We’ve yet to try this but, based on the DCC Sport mode, we fear it could make the Passat’s ride constantly firm and rather unsettled.

Volkswagen Passat saloon 2019 LHD UK plate rear tracking

Handling

The Passat feels composed along B-roads and light and easy when tootling around town. With the standard suspension, grip levels are high and the Passat feels a bit tidier to hustle along than the Skoda Superb.