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Volkswagen Passat

(2024 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

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Media Rating:

70
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

72
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

67
%
B

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

72
%
A

Summary


The Volkswagen Passat is a large family car that has been sold in many different iterations in the UK. This is the ninth-generation model which is only available in the estate car body style. Petrol models are on sale now, with plug-in hybrid models set to join the range later in 2024.

The latest Passat has had a warm welcome from the British motoring media – Car’s Keith Adams concluding that the estate is “outstandingly refined” and “has acres of room inside”, while the Autocar team adds that “new digital tech and richer materials make the Passat feel a little keener to compete” with more upmarket models like the BMW 5 Series Touring and Audi A6 Avant.

“It’s more conservative than the electric ID.7 Tourer”, comments Carbuyer’s Andy Goodwin, but adds that it is certainly comfortable on the road. Several outlets have described the car’s exterior styling as ‘dull’, while other reviewers miss the fuel efficient diesel engines of the prior model.

As of April 2024, the Volkswagen Passat holds a New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 67%. This score is likely to shift up or down by a few points in coming months as we gather more data. At this stage, we don’t have many media reviews of the Passat, but this will increase as more cars arrive in the UK in coming months. Euro NCAP is also yet to test the Passat, so we will add the safety rating once this happens.

Passat highlights

  • Class-leading boot space
  • Comfortable long-distance cruiser
  • Refined petrol engine
  • Well-built interior

Passat lowlights

  • Fiddly infotainment
  • Automatic only with no diesel option
  • Exterior looks are a bit dull

Key specifications


Body style: Large estate
Engines:
petrol, plug-in hybrid
Price:
From £38,490 on-road

Launched: Spring 2024
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of April 2024, the ninth-generation Volkswagen Passat has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of April 2024, the latest Volkswagen Passat range has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of April 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the latest Volkswagen Passat to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Passat, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models126 g/kmA124 – 129 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models25B22 – 28A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£170A
Year 2£492A
Year 3£812A
Year 4£1,062B
Year 5£1,414B
Overall£3,950A

The Volkswagen Passat is a pretty affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

We don’t yet have the car’s fuel consumption figures – plug-in hybrid models are still yet to arrive as of the time of writing – but the Passat’s insurance premiums are fairly low when compared to other options in the large car category, and its servicing and maintenance costs over the course of the first five years of ownership are predicted to be near excellent too.

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If you’re looking at the Volkswagen Passat, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

Audi A4 Avant | BMW 3 Series Touring | Citroën C5 XMercedes-Benz C-Class Estate | Peugeot 508 SW | Skoda Superb Estate


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Now in its ninth generation, the estate-only Volkswagen Passat is very practical and spacious, but reviewers criticise its fiddly infotainment.Volkswagen Passat