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Volkswagen Passat

(2015 – present)

The Volkswagen Passat is a large family car, available in both saloon and estate body styles. The current model is the eighth generation and was launched in the UK in early 2015. It was most recently updated in summer 2019.

Traditional saloon and estate cars have been struggling for years as buyers have increasingly favoured SUVs and crossovers. However, Volkswagen has continued to develop the Passat range. Not long after it was launched, a more rugged Passat Alltrack Estate model was added, as well as a GTE plug-in hybrid version.

The Passat has received universally positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with the estate version scoring slightly better than the saloon. The GTE model is also widely acclaimed.

The Volkswagen Passat has received particular praise for its refinement, comfort and space. Its driving dynamics are not as sharp as some similar vehicles, however, and it is more expensive than many of its rivals.

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Body style: Large saloon and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £25,580 on-road

Launched: Winter 2014/15
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA

  • Volkswagen Passat GTE saloon - front | The Car Expert
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE saloon - rear | The Car Expert
  • Volkswagen Passat R-Line estate - rear | The Car Expert
  • Volkswagen Passat interior and dashboard | The Car Expert

MEDIA REVIEWS

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2014

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85%

ADULT OCCUPANT

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87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

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66%

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76%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Volkswagen Passat has not yet been tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Passat has received

2019

  • What Car? Used Car Awards – Best Estate Car

2016

  • Tow Car Awards – Tow Car of the Year

2015

  • European Car of the Year
  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Estate Car of the Year
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Upper Middle Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Tow Car of the Year

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