A huge player in the family saloon market, the Volkswagen Passat has proven to be a go-to choice for those looking for a practical and stylish machine since its introduction in 1973.
Now soldiering on in its eighth generation, it’s a common sight on UK roads. This version may have been around since 2015, but it continues to offer real value for money — but what does it boast over its predecessor? We take a look…
Perhaps stating the obvious, but the latest Volkswagen Passat boasters a much more modern look than its predecessor. Despite approaching four years old now, it fits firmly in line with Volkswagen’s current design language — looking sharp and properly grown up.
Volkswagen has continued to add more technology to this Passat throughout its lifespan, making it leaps and bounds above the previous version in this respect. Opt for a Passat now and there’s the option of some impressive features including LED headlights, the intuitive Nav Pro infotainment system and the useful Active Info Display.
Efficient engine options
A new, improved range of efficient engine options appear on the current Passat — ranging from smaller 1.4-litre petrol options to higher-output 2.0-litre diesel variants.
With CO2 emissions coming in at no more than 150g/km on even the least efficient options, you can be safe in the knowledge a Passat will bring with low tax and running costs.
As to be expected with any new version of a car, the current Passat brings safety to a whole new level — having scored a five-star rating on its last appearance in front of safety board Euro NCAP.
On top of that, it boasts a host of safety technologies — including Side Scan blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, post-collision and emergency city braking, pedestrian monitoring and traffic jam assist.