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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Passat is an accomplished, well-rounded four-door

Volkswagen Passat Saloon (15 on) - rated 4.2 out of 5
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PROS

  • Classy image with quality interior
  • Broad range of engines and trims available
  • Generous interior space with lots of kit

CONS

  • Higher-spec models are pricey
  • A Skoda Superb is bigger and costs less
  • Makes more sense in Estate form

At a glance

New price £25,535 - £39,150
Lease from new From £282 per month
Used price £6,835 - £31,755
Used monthly cost £169 - £783
Fuel economy 44 - 76 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £455
Insurance group 12 - 28 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Classy image with quality interior
  • Broad range of engines and trims available
  • Generous interior space with lots of kit

CONS

  • Higher-spec models are pricey
  • A Skoda Superb is bigger and costs less
  • Makes more sense in Estate form

Volkswagen Passat Saloon rivals

Despite a move in recent years to crossovers and SUVs, cars like the Volkswagen Passat are important to big brands like VW. After all, the Passat name has been going longer than the Golf and Polo (both bigger sellers), and more than 30 million have found homes since 1973. Plus, with the Passat Estate outselling the saloon, and the T-Roc and Tiguan SUVs finding more homes, is it still worth considering a four-door option?

And while it’s competing with all these new high-riding alternatives, the Passat’s long-standing rivals – the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and Skoda Superb – are still present and correct, as well as company car favourites the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

High-quality interior is spacious and well-equipped

The Passat’s interior is one of the key reasons you’d choose it over its most direct rivals. It’s a lesson in how to create a spacious and well-built interior that’s unfussy, classy and ergonomically laid out.

The design is clean and easy to use, the doors close with a solid and reassuring thud and everything is where you’d expect it to be. The feel inside can vary noticeably, though, with some models featuring smaller infotainment screens and traditional analogue dials with an ageing screen nestled between them, while others come with a feature-packed 9.2-inch display that shows off VW’s latest media system more successfully. Add the firm’s digital dials and it feels like genuine competition for more expensive rivals. Without it, it feels a little dated, even though the car was given a spruce up in 2019.

There’s very little to complain about inside, though, overall, especially when it comes to space. Up front there’s plenty of room with a good amount of seat adjustment, and in the back the Passat’s legroom impresses. The biggest issue the Passat has is that the Skoda Superb offers all the same kit, an equally pleasant interior and more rear room at lower cost.

2019 VW Passat GTE interior

Comfort is key

The Passat is no sports car, and so it majors on comfort more than anything else. That’s especially apparent in the front where there are a pair of ErgoComfort seats on all models, featuring a vast amount of adjustment to really hone your driving position.

It’s a comfy and quiet ride for the most part too, as long as you don’t spec one with large wheels and sportier suspension. If you do, you’ll want the DCC adaptive suspension option to make the ride comfort a little less fidgety – especially on an R-Line model.

Again, the biggest thorn in the Passat’s side is the Skoda Superb which really goes to town with the comfort side of the driving experience, although some may prefer the Passat’s blend of comfort with body control where the Skoda can feel a little wallowy. 

Broad spread of engines available

A wide selection of engines is available in the Passat, with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid choices. Diesel is still a popular option in the Passat, that’s why there are four power outputs available, ranging from 120hp to 240hp. Most important of which is a 2.0-litre TDI Evo engine (introduced in 2019 as part of the range of updates) with 150hp.

Those preferring petrol are well catered for, with TSI units ranging from 150hp to 272hp, although that range-topping unit is only available on R-Line Edition cars, a limited-run of models packed with as much kit as possible.

Finally, there’s a plug-in hybrid GTE that’s returned to the range after a brief hiatus. It was originally introduced and went off sale due to changing emissions regulations, but the updates made to the range in 2019 reintroduced the car with a new battery and longer electric driving range of around 34 miles.

Volkswagen Passat Saloon rivals

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