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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Passat

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


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


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TSI GT 4dr DSG [Panoramic Roof]
6.7s 146g/km 44.8 220 £32,200
The cheapest
1.4 TSI S 4dr
9.7s 123g/km 53.3 125 £21,975
The greenest
1.6 TDI Bluemotion 4dr
10.8s 95g/km 76.3 120 £24,830
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