2017 Volkswagen Passat Review


While SUVs and premium saloons have squeezed the old middle ground of the mainstream four-door family saloon to a fraction of its former self, this is still a class in which you can find tremendous value, and few cars show you that better than the Passat. Quietly-styled it may be, and a sales-rep special it may be, but it has the kind of comfort, refinement and quality that would make even BMW and Mercedes look to their laurels.


Body Style: Four-door saloon               Seats: 5                      MRP from £23,170 - £40,670


Did you know? There are no sporty Passats any more (the old W8 and R36 models have long been dropped), but you can have a half-electric GTE version.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Family saloons may not get much love from the buying public these days, but those sales reps who get a Passat don’t know how good they have it. They may crave a more expensive badge, but the fact is that the Passat is damn near as good as any high-end car to drive, just as comfortable, well-made, and far, far better value for money. Who needs an SUV when a ‘normal’ car can be this good?

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Specs & Trims

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7...