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Price (on the road)

ยฃ22,195-ยฃ38,150

Target Price (cash)

ยฃ17,126-ยฃ32,301

What Car?'s option recommendations

  • Metallic paint

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

ยฃ257.33-ยฃ553.99/month

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Engines

2.0 TSI DSG [Panoramic Roof]
If youโ€™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.
1.8 TSI 180 [Panoramic Roof]
If youโ€™re regularly lugging around plenty of people or just like a little more pace, this 178bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine might be tempting. Itโ€™s just as smooth and refined as the 1.4 units but pulls harder throughout the rev range. Just bear in mind that itโ€™s quite a bit thirstier and will be more expensive on company car tax.
1.4 TI 150 S
This is our favourite petrol engine because it offers decent performance without breaking the bank. It&#39;s not outright fast, but it does rev willingly, is quiet at speed and returns decent fuel economy.
1.4 TI S
This is the cheapest engine option for the Passat and scores for its refined manners. Even so, weโ€™d recommend spending a little extra on the more powerful yet more frugal 1.4 TSI 150.
2.0 BiTDI SCR 4MOTION DSG
Opting for this range-topping engine is an expensive choice, not least because it comes with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. It makes the Passat genuinely fast and, although itโ€™s a bit gruff when accelerating, itโ€™s refined enough the rest of the time.
2.0 TDI SCR 190
This engine offers impressive acceleration, but most of the time the lower-powered 2.0-litre version feels virtually as quick. It comes with the choice of a manual or automatic gearbox, but because itโ€™s available only in high-end trim levels, itโ€™s expensive. In short, itโ€™s not really worth the extra over the 2.0 TDI 150.
Our pick
2.0 TDI
Our pick of the range, this engine is punchy and flexible enough to offer easy overtaking when you need it, and itโ€™s quiet on the motorway. Avoid the optional six-speed automatic gearbox if you can โ€“ itโ€™s an older โ€™box than the seven-speeder fitted to some Passat models, and not only does it make for poorer fuel economy, it can be a bit slow to respond.
1.6 TDI
This engine is smooth and promises good economy, but it does have to be revved quite hard if you want decent pace. The optional seven-speed automatic gearbox goes some way to concealing the relative shortage of shove (a six-speed manual โ€™box is standard) and reduces CO2 emissions, so is worth considering.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

44.8-76.3 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

105-95 g/km

VED Tax band

How much will it cost you?

F-F

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1152 litres

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