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.
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.