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Volkswagen Passat news — Revealed: Passat’s secret shame

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with that chrome grill and incongruous V6 in the model line-up, we always knew
that the Volkswagen Passat was a bit boring at heart.

now the big VW has proved its true colours. It’s not just boring, it’s a

Passat Estate has beaten off stiff competition to be voted Towcar of the Year

the Passat was subjected to a rigorous testing programme before being awarded
the title.

the details of this test are unclear, we must assume that the ‘idling down the
outside lane of the A30 at 30mph with a two-mile queue of traffic behind’
challenge, the ‘how many miles can you cover before realising that you forgot
to hitch your caravan onto the towbar back at the trailer park’ exam and, of
course, the ‘most ridiculous wing mirror extensions’ shootout all formed part
of the curriculum.

a serious note, we hope - as will anyone who saw the ‘Top Gear Goes Camping’
episode a couple of series back - that the examiners saw fit to test the
fireproof qualities of the Passat. It’s a dangerous business, this camping

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