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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Volkswagen Passat Saloon (96-01) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Classy; roomy; well built; well equipped

CONS

Beware overpriced cars, especially estates

PROS

Classy; roomy; well built; well equipped

CONS

Beware overpriced cars, especially estates

Volkswagen Passat Saloon rivals

The Passat Mk 4 was the embodiment of Volkswagen values when launched in 1997: better built than rivals, ultra-reliable and engaging to drive. That wasn't all - it was generously equipped, had fine engines and subtle styling that stood head and shoulders above Mondeo, Vectra and the stodgy old Passat Mk 3.

Volkswagen Passat Saloon rivals

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