- Luxurious interior
- Comfortable ride quality
- Fantastic diesel engines
- Not particularly fun to drive
- Looks are a little conservative
- S trim isn’t the best equipped
Volkswagen’s luxury saloon is both practical and sophisticated
Since its first introduction in 1973, the Volkswagen Passat has gone on to be one of Volkswagen’s longest-running, best-selling cars. Offering premium luxury, without the price tag, the Passat has enough to seriously challenge it’s much more expensive rivals. With a quality interior, sophisticated ride, and an impressive range of engines, the Passat is one of the best value executive saloon cars on sale in the UK today.
The most recent update in early 2015 saw a new and improved lightweight chassis, sharper looks, and an upgraded interior.
Solid build quality, impressive standard kit
The interior of the Passat is one that has quality in abundance. Compared to rivals such as the Ford Mondeo, the Passat really excels, offering genuine competition to cars from more prestigious brands.
As you step into the Passat, it’s immediately obvious that a lot of thought and attention has been put into its design. It might not be the funkiest, but the materials used are of a high quality that we’ve come to expect in a Volkswagen. There’s soft-touch plastics used throughout, and controls are easy to use and well-damped. The finish is also exceptional, with attractive metal detailing right across the cabin. All of this together makes for a fantastic environment to find yourself in.
Space wise, the Passat is equally impressive. With 586 litres of boot space, it easily betters rivals such as the Ford Mondeo (541 litres), and the Vauxhall Insignia (520 litres). This means that there’s plenty of room for the family shop, a couple of small suitcases, or even a set of golf clubs.
Equipment levels in the Passat are particularly generous, provided you choose a car above the basic S trim. The next level SE trim is the recommended minimum. This trim comes with electric windows, air-con, alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors. That’s a serious amount of kit. There’s also a fantastic infotainment system, that incorporates a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.
The interior of the Passat is without doubt the best in its class. The cabin is well-designed, high quality materials are used throughout, and with plenty of space and good levels of equipment, the Passat is a saloon that really excels.
Comfortable, refined, but doesn’t offer huge amounts of fun
The Volkswagen Passat is a car that values comfort and refinement above all else. This leaves for an incredibly smooth driving experience, though it isn’t the best option for a B road blast.
Suspension and Chassis
If there’s one area in which you could criticise the Passat, it’s in its handling ability. Compared to its main rival, the Ford Mondeo, it isn’t a lot of fun. That’s not to say that it handles poorly. There’s plenty of grip through the corners, and steering is precise, but it isn’t particularly agile, and for drivers who enjoy tearing along country roads at the weekend, the Passat may disappoint somewhat.
What it lacks in fun, it more than makes up for in comfort. The suspension is surprisingly stiff for a Passat, but it nonetheless irons out all those nasty pot holes with relative ease, making for an elegant ride. It’s also an exceptionally good motorway cruiser, which means that long journeys are less excruciating. There is a little bit of road and wind noise at high speed, but not enough to make most people unhappy.
In terms of gearbox options, there are are two options. Throughout the range the standard is a precise six speed manual box that’s found throughout the VW model range. There’s also the option of a dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission, that’s truly excellent for long distance driving, gliding through gears with ease.
A good solid range of engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Passat, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. Diesel engines here particularly impress, with some exceptional C02 and MPG figures on show. There’s also an electric powered Passat that will be released later in 2016.
For the speed freaks out there, the best model in the range is the diesel-powered 2.0 biTDI SCR GT 4MOTION. This engine packs in a decent 240bhp, that will have you flying from 0-62mph in just 6.1 seconds. For a car of this class, that’s pretty darn impressive. It manages this whilst still being relatively fuel efficient, producing up to 53.3mpg.
For the eco-friendly buyer there’s an impressive option in the diesel-driven 1.6 TDI Bluemotion. Producing just 95g/km of C02, this engine will help you save the planet, whilst also costing you absolutely nothing in road tax. This engine also happens to be the most fuel-efficient, producing a spectacular 76.4mpg. If you go for this engine option in your Passat, you’re going to be saving yourself some serious money.
All of the engines in the Passat range are incredibly well engineered, making for engines that are powerful enough to cope with everything you throw at it, whilst also being exceptionally fuel efficient, and good for the environment.
Exceptional safety record, fantastic standard equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the Passat easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating, scoring 85% in adult safety, 87% for child safety, and 66% in pedestrian safety. There’s also a tonne of kit that comes as standard. Even on the most basic models you’re going to get nine airbags, an electronic parking brake with hill-hold assist, and a system that prepares the car before accidents. The Passat is one seriously safe car.
Impressive running costs
The Volkswagen Passat offers buyers fantastic value for money. This obviously varies from model to model, but most cars in the range offer low C02 emissions, and incredible fuel efficiency. The diesel engines are particularly impressive, and represent figures that are up there with the best.
Insurance wise the Passat also excels over rivals. The cheapest model to insure in the range is the 1.6 TDI SE, which finds itself way down in group 12, ranging up to group 28 for the top of the range 2.0 BiTDI SCR GT 4MOTION. Compared to its more expensive competitors, the BMW 3 Series, and the Mercedes C-Class, the Passat is a bargain.
Depreciation after the first couple of years, is actually very positive for the Volkswagen Passat. Buyers understand the importance in purchasing a good solid car that will last, therefore the Passat seems to hold its value. Like most cars though, the first couple of years can see rapid depreciation from list price, and what with the Passat being so well built, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Volkswagen Passat is one of the finest saloon cars currently on sale today. Offering buyers a well-designed, high-quality interior, a smooth ride, and an impressive range of economical engines, the Passat is the thinking man’s executive saloon.
Buying a used Volkswagen Passat online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Volkswagen Passat for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Volkswagen Passat. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Volkswagen Passat online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st year depreciation cost of 40%.