There’s been an obvious step up in interior quality here, which is great news because the previous Passat wasn’t bad.
New soft-touch materials are employed around the cabin to remind you this model was worth the extra cash. The dash is styled in a similar way to the front grille, which adds a nice dose of continuity to the cabin. It cleverly integrates the air vents, too.
Later in 2015 buyers will get the option of VW’s new Active Info Display. This is a 12.3-inch screen that replaces the analogue speedo and rev counter, along with displaying infotainment between the two. It’s a great feature: clear in direct sunlight, easy to read and very futuristic. This will join the range along with a head-up display to view essential driving information without taking your eyes off the road.
Volkswagen Passat comfort levels are impressively high. It’s always been the case with the Passat – it’s a seriously relaxing car to drive and certainly comfort is one of its USPs.
We were impressed with how little wind and road noise made it into the cabin. VW has obviously gone to great lengths to optimise aerodynamics and insulation to achieve this.
Ultimately, the best ride quality comes when using the Dynamic Chassis Control system which is optional on all cars except the BiTDI, which comes with it as standard.
All Passats except entry-level S models get ‘Ergo Comfort’ seats, which are mightily comfortable and supportive. We’ve not tried what you get at the bottom of the range yet, though.