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Volkswagen Passat review

£15,460 - £41,530
Published: 13 Jan 2015
You don't get many surprises with a Passat but you do get plentiful satisfaction

Good stuff

Premium luxury for the working man, low CO2 engines, generous equipment

Bad stuff

It's hardly the most head-turning of cars, not the most thrilling of cars


What is it?

VW’s respectable and conservative hauler of families (who may well have those same characteristics) enters its eighth generation. The look might be evolutionary but pretty well every component is new. Indeed, beneath, it moves onto VW’s latest MQB kit. 

Compared with the last Passat, the wheelbase has grown for extra room but overall length has been admirably constrained and the weight has dropped usefully. Engines are new to the Passat, and for the UK they’re all diesels, except for an intriguing petrol-electric plug-in hybrid called GTE.

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What's the verdict?

Volkswagen serves up more of the same and it's now better than ever.

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