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Volkswagen Passat Saloon review

1988 - 1997 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £10,998 - £23,498
Road tax cost £325
Insurance group 17 - 36
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 662 - 801 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


Reliable; roomy; rugged


Dull looks

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Don’t be fooled by the old Passat’s plain Germanic looks. Even as a new car, it was underrated, though well-informed used car buyers wanting high-quality no-nonsense family transport have appreciated its strengths for years. Great build quality and reliability are the main attractions, plus a wide range of proven engines. A late life facelift in 1994 improved it further.

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