What Car? says...
The executive car market can be broken down into two halves, and the Volkswagen Passat has managed to squeeze itself firmly between the two. On one side, mainstream models, such as the Skoda Superb and Vauxhall Insignia, offer great practicality at a temptingly low price; while on the other are the pricier, premium models, including the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.
With its classily appointed interior, focus on comfort over handling, and prodigious space inside, the Passat is a tempting choice that seems to blend the best of both those worlds. It offers a choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid power, manual or automatic gearboxes and a range of trim levels, so there are plenty of combinations to suit a broad scope of needs.
For those who need more luggage space than the Passat saloon can offer, there’s also the Volkswagen Passat Estate. Financially savvy company car users will find the plug-in hybrid Passat GTE appealing, and country dwellers might find that the rugged, four-wheel-drive Passat Alltrack is right up their lane. But can any of the Passat’s executive rivals – from either the mainstream or premium end of the spectrum – offer a better all-round package?
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