Used Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2001 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

2001 - 2005 review
Volkswagen Passat Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Passat Saloon (99 - 05)
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What's the used Volkswagen Passat saloon like?

The Passat is big for a family car and its comfy cabin keeps out road and mechanical noise. Space up front is excellent, visibility is good and the seat and steering wheel adjust every which way for the driver.

The ride is set up to favour comfort over agility and it smothers bumps well, although the suspension on Sport models is stiffer. It's better to drive than previous Passats, but nothing like as sharp as a Ford Mondeo.

The VW has four stars out of a possible five in Euro NCAP crash tests for occupants and a reasonable two for protecting pedestrians. Four airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard on all models, but the centre rear seatbelt is lap-only unless the cost-option upgrade to a three-point belt is fitted.