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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


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


Auto Express


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Daily Mail


Green Car Guide


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The Sun


The Sunday Times


The Telegraph


Top Gear


What Car?





Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2014









Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

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

Security Rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: 2019


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Passat has received


  • What Car? Used Car Awards – Best Estate Car


  • Tow Car Awards – Tow Car of the Year


  • 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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