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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Volkswagen Passat Saloon (00-05) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

TDI engines offer performance and economy, well built, reliable

CONS

Bland styling, noisy diesels, not thrilling to drive

PROS

TDI engines offer performance and economy, well built, reliable

CONS

Bland styling, noisy diesels, not thrilling to drive

Other Volkswagen Passat (2000 - 2005) models:

Verdict

Latest Passat models build on their reputation for high standards of quality, and still rank among the best choices in this class. Revised rather than completely re-designed, to keep it ahead of rivals such as Mondeo. Changes to the bodywork include new lights both front and rear, a larger corporate grille and flashings of chrome, while there is the choice of excellent petrol and diesel units.

This includes the satisfyingly swift TDI PD 130.

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