4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Volkswagen Passat R36 (08-10) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £34,354 - £35,626
Used price £5,365 - £11,560
Used monthly cost From £134 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £615
Insurance group 36 How much is it to insure?


Sleek understated looks, very quick, excellent build quality, comfortable ride


Thirsty engine, not particularly exciting to drive, engine strangely muted

Volkswagen Passat R36 rivals

Written by David Ross on

Volkswagen is well known for its hot hatch Golf GTI, but when it comes to the Passat, practicality and reliability tend to be the attractions rather than performance. That’s not the case with the R36 version. Available in both saloon and estate bodystyles it’s powered by a 300bhp 3.6-litre V6 engine and uses a four-wheel drive system (called 4MOTION) to provide excellent traction.

There’s no manual gearbox however – only a six-speed automatic DSG transmission which uses two clutches to deliver super fast gearshifts – and it certainly works, with the R36 able to accelerate from 0-62mph in less than six seconds. Thanks to a different suspension set-up it handles better than the standard Passat with sharp steering and strong brakes.

But while it’s undoubtedly quick it’s found wanting in terms of driver enjoyment.

Volkswagen Passat R36 rivals

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