Auto Express's performance ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Very good overall I like the car, the looks, the drive and the handling - the acceleration lacks some urgency but this is a minor niggle considering it's the 1.9 tdi and cost a lot less than a 2.0. My huge HUGE problem with this car is the auto-handbrake. It doesn't engage when it should engage, it locks up when you're rolling in a traffic queue with an awful grating noise and it means you have to rev the car and let up the clutch to such an extent that you cant pull away in snow - the wheels just spin. I've had it looked at twice and there's nothing "wrong" with it - it's just crap and technology for technology's sake. For the sake of losing two drinks-holders I'd much prefer an actual non-geeky, functioning handbrake....

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

this vw passat 2.0 tdi estate m/y 06 is the best car I have had in 65 years of driving, it is used to tow a 1400kg caravannduring the summer and does this more than adequatly even up 1 in 4 mountains in Scotland. The paint finish is excellent (steel grey) the interior is showing no wear, the car is used most days. The electronic hand brake works well so long as the seat belt is fixed in place.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

As a saloon, it is almost perfect. Unfortunately, the deep boot is difficult to use because of the small lid opening - if it were available as a hatchback at a similar price, it would be almost perfect. One other gripe - in the current snow, I really miss a proper handbrake! A button operated parking brake is either fully on or fully off, useless in the snow!

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never broken down since purchase, just over two years. starts every time. Highest cost is fuel, however for a relatively large car, with fantastic performance and high level of comfort it is acceptable. maintenance costs are acceptable seeing the car is maintained under a vw maintenance contract which is very good value for money.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Versatile allrounde,excellent boot and economy. Comfortable for touring. Let down by a fuel pump failure. There were 6 others in at the same time. Took 6 weeks to fix. Thought a call back notice would have been used.
Wheels and badges prone to corrosion. Electronic hand brake still needs care.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Current mileage is 156.000, have done over 500 mile in car since I bought it and it as never let me down. Fuel main cost. servicing I do myself. tax is ł93.50 for 6 months. insurence around ł300.00 per annum. depriciation not a lot as car only cost ł2000 to start with.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

I have the Passat 2.0 tdi sport 170 saloon, the car has been frugal to keep and eats motorway miles without problems, the engine although a bit gruf is a good performer only gripe is a squeaking from the dash which I think comes from a fully loaded 6 disc autochanger.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
52-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Problems with the electrics were fixed under warranty but the clutch and brakes were due to wear and tear. Overall I like the car very much, but feel I need to get rid as it is getting a bit old and may start to cost me more and I use it for my work.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Compared to the vauxhall vectra I used to own, the passat shows no signs of letting me down from starting with ease to being easy to drive in all conditions. This is a company car but seem very good on fuel and tyres with one set lasting over 30k.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 3/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Had sat nav replaced under warranty- not switching off and draining battery. had turbo seal replaced under warranty- slight oil leak. Fuel use not bad for large auto car.spares like brake pads and tyres sourced from independant.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Only let me down once when the battery packed in without warning, fortunately in my own garage, (no previous difficult starts or anything). To be honest I've never counted them up. as a rural dweller I need a car.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

In all the time that I have owned it I have had to replace the cam belt and the clutch but it has only broken down once due to a dead battery. this is the first battery replacement from new. Very reasonable.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 3/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good car. Let down by rough 1.9tdi engine.

As it gets older it seems to get better. May be because I had a bad experience with Autohaus Northampton where I bought the car from.

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

FLAWED MOTOR FROM VW. WITH A FLEET OF 40 WE HAVE HAD GEARBOX,SUSPENSION, STEERING RACK, BRAKES, WIRING LOOM
ALARM. RECALLS FOR GEARBOX,BRAKES, FUEL PUMPS, WHEEL BEARINGS,

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
52-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Excellent car ticks all the boxes suits my life style good safety features excellent fuel consumption and performance. Still going very well at 181,000 miles

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Only failure was parking brake switch replaced under warranty. I work in the motor trade and running costs are very good compared to most.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Starts first time everytime, although does have a slight what I would call misfire at 52 mph in 6th gear. *00+ miles to a tank of fuel.

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Nothing has gone wrong that needs fixing. It only needs petrol as the tyres seem to last well and it has free services & mot's.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Practical stylish and versatile family car with adequate power and performance... a great "all rounder".. just like its owner!!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

So far only wipers front &rear had to be replaced. Not bad considering I mainly drive in town and the size of the car.

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for

Versatile family saloon which in 197 BHP guise is surprisingly quick with predictable handling & excellent auto box.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Always starts even in cold weather. Fuel costs are down, servicing remains he same ( 3 months regardless of miles).

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent large family car. Plenty of space inside, and comfortable. Good performance and reasonably economical.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

It is a good and prctical car easy to mentain and last but not least it is a brand that can be sold later easly.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2001-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

With 200,000 miles on the clock it still works well. Stay away from main dealers and costs are reasonable.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 2/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

This is my third Passat and they have all been excellent cars with fine performance and very comfortable

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good design and performance, let down but random quality failures reguarly. VW quality is just a myth.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Has been better in the last year than in some of the previous years. Not too bad for such a large car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Good reliable workhorse performs well and returns good mpg.handles like a gti for half the gti money.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Volkswagen. Its an auto thought it might be better but might improve as it only has done 9000 miles.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Has been an excellent car to own and run so far. Would have no hesitation recommending to others.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Stylish with good engine performance. Annoying stepping on the rear tyres happened with 2 sets

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Good all rounder. Hate electronic handbrake. Would like VW to amke the Passat as a hatchback.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I had a gearbox (auto) issue at first I dodnt break down but I had changing up issues

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

very pleased with my passat,only replacing it due to larger family now,great car.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 3/5
T-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It's a pretty good family car, with a low fuel consumptions.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Handbrake switch replaced under warranty. Very good.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good car, electric handbrake can be irratating.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It just is. Have not spent ant money on it yet.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Not as good as older VW's or even recent Skodas

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 2/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

A good buy that does everything as expected

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Turbo issue coolant pump. Heavy on tyres.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 2/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never let me down. Best car so far.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
R-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Oldbanger with slight quality feel

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 1/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

It's a shear pleasure to drive

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

has met all my expectations

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

excellent, very pleased

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Expensive car to run.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 4/5
R-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Great value for money

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Electric glitches

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never let me down

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

I really like it

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

its the nuts!!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
03-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Great!! :)

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
V-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

fantastic

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 3/5
04-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

VERY GOOD

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5