15 February 2005

Volkswagen last Passat was praised for its quality and refinement, but that won't be enough to make its replacement a success. The new Passat gets a host of innovations and upgrades, with an all-new chassis, improved handling, more sophisticated technology and a more upmarket cabin ambiance among them. VW has loftier targets in mind, such as BMW's 3-series and Mercedes C-class - and this week, Autocar reveals exactly how it's upping its game.

'VW intends its new mid-range saloon to shake off the mass-market connotations of its predecessors with a fresh combination of style, performance, handling and features,' writes Greg Kable. 'The look is contemporary.... the interior looks classy.... there are technical innovations.... and no shortage of engine choices'.

Read all about Wolfsburg's new 3-series worrier this week, in Autocar

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