Which used Volkswagen Passat saloon should I buy?
The 1.4 TSI 150 is the sole petrol engine available in the Passat and it’s a good, smooth and relatively economical unit. Anyone who prefers a petrol engine will find this a most agreeable purchase.
However, the diesels dominate the Passat range and most of the cars on the used market are oil burners. The two versions of the 1.6 TDI 120 are impressively economical, but they need to be revved hard to get the best from them. Our pick is the 2.0 TDI 150, which is punchy and flexible enough for overtaking and refined on the motorways. It’s also more economical than the 2.0 TDI 190, which offers impressive acceleration, and the twin-turbo 2.0 BiTDI 240, which is a real flyer so great for those in a hurry.
Entry-level S trim is a little sparse for our liking, although it gets air-con and electric windows. We’d go with SE trim, which adds desirable goodies such as automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and parking sensors all round. The only thing to add might be sat-nav, which is available as standard on the next-up SE Business trim. GT and R-line trims get progressively more luxurious but do up the price on the used forecourts.