Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat Motability Car sideThe Volkswagen Passat has been a constant in the VW stable of cars since 1973, this eighth model (European car of the year 2015) is built on a longer version of the MQB platform used in the VW Golf and Audi A3 enabling VW to position the engine lower, increasing the wheelbase and resulting in a better handling car with more interior space. The premium feel continues inside as you’d expect from a Volkswagen, material quality is first-rate throughout the cabin and a step ahead of key rivals like the Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6 and Vauxhall Insignia. The latest Passat is better to drive, more comfortable and more refined than ever.

 

Volkswagen Passat Motability Car dashThree versions are available to Mobility customers, ‘S’ and SE Business, all cars feature a 6.5-inch central touchscreen, which includes DAB radio and Bluetooth. SE Business adds Satellite navigation. The level of standard equipment is above the usual ‘frugal’ VW standards the ‘S’ trim has as standard 16″ alloy wheels, a multifunction leather trimmed steering wheel and lumbar support, the SE Business adds 17″ alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and lights, adaptive cruise control, City Emergency Braking and Ergo comfort seat, electrically folding wing mirrors, front fog lights, tinted rear glass, front and rear parking sensors and a touch screen navigation and radio system.

 

Volkswagen Passat Estate Motability Car

The saloon has split-folding rear seats that can be tumbled with a lever in the boot. With the seats in place the 586-litre boot capacity is 21 litres up on the outgoing car, the Ford Mondeo offers 550 litres but has the advantage of being a hatchback. If it is space then the sleek Passat Estate offers class leading space from a low loading platform, with the seats in place a whopping 650 litres is at your disposal. Compare that to the new Ford Mondeo estate (525 litres) and the Mazda 6 Tourer (506 litres) and it’s easy to see just how dominant the Passat is in this area. Drop the 60:40 split-folding rear seats down and you’ll free up a whopping 1,780 litres, which again is more than its closest rivals.

 

Volkswagen Passat Estate Motability Car interiorThe Passat is diesel powered only with the entry level 1.6 litre 120bhp gaining excellent reviews, it has enough grunt to take the Passat to 62 miles per hour in 10.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 128 miles per hour while claimed economy is an excellent 70.6 miles per gallon as a six speed manual or 7 speed dual clutch automatic.  The more powerful 2.0 litre 150 bhp can match the economy of the smaller engine as a six speed manual but this drops to 64.2 as a seven speed dual clutch automatic but it will cut the 62mph tape in a very impressive 8.7 seconds from a unit producing 340 newton metres of torque compared to 250nm for the smaller engine. The larger engine is perfect for towing (braked towing weight of 2000kg) or moving a fully loaded car but the smaller engine is perfectly adequate for motorway cruising and general driving.

Saloon Car

Summer Best Buy – Volkswagen Passat Saloon 1.6 diesel 120bhp SE Business Manual  –  £1899 Advance Payment (£845 wpms) or £2399 (£1345 wpms) as Automatic

Summer Best Buy – Volkswagen Passat Saloon 2.0 diesel 150bhp SE Business Manual  –  £1999 Advance Payment (£945 wpms) or £2699 (£1645 wpms) as Automatic

Estate Car

Summer Best Buy – Volkswagen Passat 150 2.0 litre diesel SE Business Manual Estate  –  £1999 Advance Payment (£955 wpms) or £2749 (£1695 wpms) as Automatic