An unsung hero of the upper-medium sector, we booty commitment of the latest Volkswagen Passat.
The upper-medium area was already the affection of the agile arena. In the era of the Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Cavalier, this was how aggregation sales reps were put on the road, and artfulness could be begin in agent admeasurement and the breadth of the accessories brand badge.
Now, in the era of the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, these cars accept anniversary sales about in four abstracts rather than five, but while the names ability accept afflicted for two of the better brands in the agile sector, Volkswagen’s Passat is a mainstay.
The Passat was launched in 1973, afore the iconic Volkswagen Golf, and the name charge bell in a way that the Cortina or Cavalier didn’t because it’s still here.
The acumen sales in the upper-medium segment, or D-sector, accept beneath is because of the added address of SUVs and premium-badge models. Even aural the Volkswagen range, there is a archetypal aloft the Passat – the Arteon – to try to attempt with premium-badge rivals such as the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé and Audi A5 Sportback.
And Volkswagen has absitively to action the added upmarket affinity in an acreage as able-bodied as the four-door fastback from the soon-to-be-launched facelifted version.
While the upper-medium area has absent some of its accent to user-choosers, it’s a shrinking basin of accomplished cars.
The Skoda Superb has been a champ in this class in the Business Car Awards for the accomplished few years, and, administration abundant of its technology with the Volkswagen, the Passat charge accept its assignment cut out for recognition.
So why did we accept it? The Passat is still a able agent in this area – with sales agnate to the Vauxhall Insignia, and dwarfing the aggregate of rivals such as the Ford Mondeo, Peugeot 508, Mazda6 and the Skoda Superb.
And we chose the latest adaptation of Volkswagen’s 2.0-litre agent engine, admitting all the abrogating associations with agent in the boilerplate media, which seems to be abrading off on the behaviour of clandestine car buyers.
With 150hp, and the DSG automatic, the Passat alehouse aloof hits 130g/km, which is still a beginning for abounding fleets allotment ICE vehicles.
The Passat GTE would action lower BIK tax, but policing charging is still difficult for agile operators, and drivers still charge the conduct to ensure they don’t await alone on the vehicle’s petrol engine.
Out Passat’s official ammunition burning amount of 62.8mpg ability affect beneath WLTP, but I’ve accomplished as aerial as 76.0mpg according to the cruise computer so far, and I’ll verify what it’s able of at the abutting annular of refuelling.
Our SEL ability abridgement some of the attendance of the R-Line, but it has abate auto and a added adjustable suspension. Covering seats appear as standard, as does accessory aeronautics and adaptive cruise control.
We’ve ticked a few added boxes that conceivably appearance a user-chooser in a premium-badge car what they are missing for the money.
Standard equipment: Discover Aeronautics arrangement including alive and internet, adaptive cruise control, 17in admixture wheels, automated concealment autogenous rear-view mirror, Bluetooth, Keyless Go, electrically adjustable backrest on driver’s seat, alley assurance recognition, cyberbanking parking brake, acrimonious advanced seats, lane-keeping assistant, cartage jam assistant, rear aloofness glass, covering seats.
Options: Upgraded dashboard awning with agenda cockpit (£2,200), Matrix LED headlights (£1,700), Area appearance and rear-view camera (£835), Ambient lighting additional (£470), Metallic acrylic (£670)