The Volkswagen Passat has been one of Volkswagen's bestselling family cars since it was first released way back in 1973. The latest generation, the Mk8 Volkswagen Passat was unveiled to the market in 2019. Since its early 1970s launch, more than 22 million Passats have been sold worldwide.
Available as a saloon or estate, the Passat holds its own in an extremely competitive large family car market – competing head to head with rivals including Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, Ford Mondeo, Peugeot 508, Mazda 6 and Skoda Superb; Kia Optima; Hyundai i40 and the Toyota Camry.
The latest Passat models include the SE Nav; SEL; R-Line; GTE and GTE Advance. The same model categories apply to Passat estate vehicles. an models include the SE; the SE Family; the SEL and the top of the range R-Line.
Three petrol engines, four diesel engines and a PHEV powertrain are available across the Passat range.
The 2.0 TDI 150 is the core Volkswagen Passat engine. It provides 148bhp and 0-62mph takes 8.7 secs in both manual and automatic versions - top speed is 136mph.
In terms of fuel economy, the VW Passat Saloon 2.0 TDI EVO SCR SE 150PS offers 74 miles to the gallon, with CO2 emissions of 124. But for those preferring a hybrid and more miles for their buck, the VW Passat GTE Saloon 1.4 TSI PHEV 218PS DSG offers 217 miles per gallon and CO2 emissions of 28.
The VW Passat scores highly in safety tests
Insurance premiums on a Volkswagen Passat can vary – not just in relation to age and driving history but also to the insurance group rating. The Association of British Insurers and Lloyd’s of London set your car’s insurance group from 1 to 50. In theory, the higher the insurance group, the greater your insurance premium will be.
Passat models fall into a broad range from the cheapest to insure in group 12 to the most expensive to insure in group 28.
The Passat Mk8.5 is the first Volkswagen to get semi-autonomous driving capability.
In keeping with VW tendency to name cars after natural phenomena - “Passat” is German term for the trade winds