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3.5 out of 5 3.5
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Volkswagen Passat Saloon (88-97) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £10,998 - £23,498
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £295
Insurance group 17 - 36 How much is it to insure?


Reliable; roomy; rugged


Dull looks

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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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