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Volkswagen Passat (2005-11)

Overall Rating

4 stars

A model for everyone the Passat has economical diesels and strong petrol engines. A popular model amongst fleet drivers as the Passat holds it value, making used bargains difficult to find.

  • Economical and strong engines
  • Holds its value
  • Popular with fleet drivers
  • Price
  • Hard to find used bargains
  • Firm ride
Road Test

A fleet managers favourite the Passat is comfortable, spacious, safe and built to very high standards. It has strong engines but is not an exciting drive which makes it family-friendly and designed for practicality, especially the roomy estate. It's hard to go wrong with Passat, whether you choose a saloon or an estate. There's a wide range of petrol and turbodiesel engines, so whether you want diesel economy or a high performance petrol engine with a turbo, or refinement with the beefy but smooth W8, the choices are all there. Passat works best somewhere in the middle ground as a comfy, high quality, spacious family car. The styling is subtle but handsome, and overall it bears favourable comparison with much more expensive executive cars, especially the well laid out interior. Buyers after a sporty drive should look elsewhere, but that's really not the point of the Passat. Here is a car that spoils its occupants with first class materials, lots of room and good levels of standard equipment, safety features and refinement. Ownership costs are reasonable, making it a hit with companies and lease firms, and reliability is very impressive.

Need To Know

Best Models: Engine for all

Worst Models: None

Replacement: 2010

Volkswagen Passat (2005-11)
Star Ratings


4 stars


4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars


4 stars


4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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