What alternatives should I consider to a used Volkswagen Passat saloon?
Traditional rivals to the Passat have always been the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6, both of which offer excellent value for money on the used car market. The Mondeo is spacious and good to drive, with agile handling and a comfortable ride. There’s acres of space inside and the boot is large and easily accessible through the hatchback opening. The 6 is a well-rounded and very appealing family car, with low emissions, a strong and quiet diesel engine and an excellent infotainment system. Its ride is rather firm, however, and it’s not that much fun to drive, but used car prices are very keen.
This generation Passat also squares up to two premium compact executive cars, the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The Passat scores over both on space and on price – values for the 3 Series and C-Class are still high at the time of writing and, age for age, the Passat is the better buy.