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A fine package, but we'll wait for the 168bhp diesel.

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Passat 2011-2014
15 million VW Passats have been sold in 100 countries since its launch in 1973

The VW Passat is a competent family car - but does it show any flair?

15 December 2005

What’s new?VW has fitted the Passat with the same FSI 197bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine used in the Golf GTi.What’s it like?The engine pulls smoothly and strongly, and revs freely, the six-speed gearbox is precise and slick and the interior matches solidity with comfort.Problem is, a 170bhp turbodiesel is on the horizon, and that promises to offer similar strengths, plus increased torque and greater fuel economy.Should I get one?This is a good package, no doubt about it, but we’d wait to try the diesel first before plumping for petrol. 

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