Volkswagen Passat

Whether you choose a Volkswagen Passat saloon or Estate, VW's rival for the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia offers a classy, well-built cabin and a wide range of engines - including some of the best, most economical diesels on the market. The BlueMotion model is frugal.

Volkswagen Passat saloon

Price 
£20,375 - £27,885
4 Doors
4.2 / 5
Pros
  • Great engine range
  • High quality interior
  • Really comfortable
Cons
  • Bit boring to drive
  • Dull design
  • Some rivals are more spacious

This new car is the most luxurious and comfortable Volkswagen Passat yet built - it's also the best to look at and well made too. The diesel engines offer plenty of performance and economy. It's not the most fun car in this class to drive though, with that accolade going to the Ford Mondeo.

Volkswagen Passat estate

Price 
£21,740 - £26,965
5 Doors
4.0 / 5
Pros
  • Big, versatile boot
  • Comfortable long distance cruiser
  • Economical engines
Cons
  • Ford Mondeo is more fun to drive
  • Styling is quite bland
  • Passenger space could be better

Bigger, more comfortable and more practical than ever before, the Volkswagen Passat Estate now boasts one of the largest boots in the family car class. It also packs plenty of clever touches that bring an added dose of versatility, including a boot that will open and close automatically if you wave your foot under the rear bumper! It's a great feature if you regularly find your hands full when shopping... It may not be as engaging as the likes of the Ford Mondeo to drive, but it has an ability to comfortably cover long distances that few rivals can match.

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack estate

Price 
£25,100 - £32,160
5 Doors
3.2 / 5
Pros
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Huge boot
  • Relaxing drive
Cons
  • Not a proper off-roader
  • Only diesels available
  • No really efficient models

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is a new model based on the very latest VW Passat estate platform. Similar in concept to the Audi A4 Allroad and Subaru Outback, the Alltrack boasts four-wheel drive and raised suspension allowing it to travel more easily over unsurfaced roads and tracks.