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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Volkswagen Passat Saloon review.

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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Volkswagen Passat Saloon (05-10) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Clean styling, upmarket image, good sized boot, classy interior, comfortable ride

CONS

No hatchback version, not particularly exciting to drive, older TDI engines are noisy

PROS

Clean styling, upmarket image, good sized boot, classy interior, comfortable ride

CONS

No hatchback version, not particularly exciting to drive, older TDI engines are noisy

Volkswagen Passat Saloon rivals

The Passat has built up a reputation as a reliable, robustly built and well engineered car. The current model is no exception and thanks to the Volkswagen badge on the grille it has an image of quality that few alternatives can match. It's certainly a classy offering with neat styling and the comfortable interior reflects this with high grade materials and precise switches - features like the standard electric handbrake further reinforce the upmarket image.

On the road the Passat is comfortable and predictable, if not very exciting, but on the downside it's only available as a saloon or an estate - there's no hatchback version. Still the boot is a good size and there's decent rear passenger space too. There's also a low emission Bluemotion version available.

Volkswagen Passat Saloon rivals

Other Volkswagen Passat (2005 - 2011) models: