What's the used Volkswagen Passat like?
The Passat is an excellent car; in fact, it's almost good enough to step out of the Ford Mondeo class and have a crack at the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. Even on standard suspension it feels nimble, alert and involving. Sport models give even sharper handling, although a little of the standard car's excellent ride comfort is sacrificed.
It's easy to get comfortable behind the wheel - and in any of the seats for that matter - although a little more shoulder support wouldn't go amiss. There's plenty of room in both the front and rear, and there's generous cabin stowage and a good-sized boot. While the interior quality may not be quite up to Audi standards, it's still well ahead of what the Vauxhall Vectra and the Mondeo offer.
The Passat scored a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, and all models get six airbags, plus traction and stability control, as standard.