Turbo petrol is effective, but forthcoming 168bhp diesel is enticing
Dash looks good and works well
First DriveMore luxurious Passat offers plenty of kit and tonnes of space, and maintains its class lead over rivals from Vauxhall, Hyundai and Skoda
First DriveVW’s answer to the Audi A4 Allroad isn’t as effortless to drive as it ought to be
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.