Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Passat saloon?
The interior is durable and hard-wearing, but you should check all the electrical systems thoroughly. It’s also worth checking the suspension carefully, especially if you plan to carry or tow heavy loads.
The steering system can also give problems, so make sure all power assistance feels even and consistent, and keep an ear out for any unusual noises. The DSG auto gearbox can also be a cause for concern, but this should be covered under warranty. Volkswagen as a brand scored above average in our most recent customer satisfaction survey and the firm’s products have a good reputation for reliability.
A three-year, 60,000-mile warranty is offered on the Passat from new, and extended warranties are available at a moderate cost.