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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

There are eight engines to choose from, and the standout units are the diesels which are smooth, refined and swift. Go for our favourite, the 1.9 TDi 130bhp. There's also the indulgently quick 4.0 W8, which scares away BMW 3-Series.

Passat is still resting on MkIV Golf underpinnings, so it's a similar, slightly disappointing ride. It can handle motorways fine, but the bodyroll and messy cornering show up on more demanding roads.