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Volkswagen Passat Review & Prices

The new Volkswagen Passat is very practical and has a high-tech interior, but long-distance drivers might miss having a diesel option

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Is the Volkswagen Passat a good car?

The Volkswagen Passat is back, and this time there’s no saloon option – you can only get it as a mega spacious estate. That’s no problem, though, because the Passat has always stood out for being big, practical and not quite as expensive as the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class Estate.

It’s a bit like buying designer gear from TK Maxx – you’re getting the same sort of quality as you would from a big name store, but you don’t feel quite as posh in the process.

Not that the Passat looks like a cheap alternative. It’s always had an understated class, and that continues with the latest model – it’s perhaps not as elegant as the old model, but it’s certainly smart enough. And if you go for the R-Line model you get a big, imposing grille up front to go with the smart full-width rear light bar that’s standard across the range.

It’s inside where Volkswagen has really taken the Passat up a notch, though. There’s a massive infotainment display in the centre of the dashboard that runs Volkswagen’s latest software. Having tested it in the ID7 it’s a big improvement on recent VW systems, even if it is a touch annoying having to do everything through the screen.

Running behind the screen and into the digital instrument display is an illuminated panel that should give the Passat a cool modern look, particularly at night.

The Volkswagen Passat promises fantastic practicality and all the latest tech, making it a tempting alternative to that SUV you were considering…

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
Carwow expert

With larger dimensions than before, Volkswagen is promising an even bigger cabin, which is good news whether you’re sitting up front or in the back. And with a boot capacity of 690 litres with all seats in place, or 1,920 litres if you fold the second row down, there’s more luggage capacity than before, too – and more than you get in the A4 Avant, C-Class Estate and 3 Series Touring.

Despite the Passat’s popularity with long-distance drivers, there are no diesel engines anymore. At launch you can only get a 1.5-litre petrol making 150hp, but company car buyers should wait for one of the two plug-in hybrid options, coming later in 2024, because of the lower benefit-in-kind rate. With a choice of 204hp or 272hp, both offer an excellent electric range of around 60 miles, as well as impressive charge speeds for hybrids – up to 11kW AC charging, or 50kW at a public fast-charging DC port.

There are three trims available, called Life, Elegance and R-Line. Entry-level Life models get 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and that massive infotainment system inside. Step up to Elegance and you get some extra sound insulation, heated front seats and a tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof. Top-spec R-Line models get a sporty exterior design with 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as a sports suspension setup, drive mode selection and sports seats. Most of the upgraded kit is available on lower trims as part of optional equipment packages so you can pick and choose if you want.

Our expert reviews team will be driving the new Volkswagen Passat soon, so check back for their definitive verdict. If you can’t wait, you can see how much you can save by browsing the latest new Volkswagen Passat deals available on Carwow. You can also get a great price on a used Passat, or other used Volkswagen models, through our network of trusted dealers. And when it’s time to sell your car, Carwow can help with that, too.

How much is the Volkswagen Passat?

The Volkswagen Passat has a RRP range of £38,490 to £42,840. Prices start at £38,490 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £433.

Our most popular versions of the Volkswagen Passat are:

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