The Passat has been designed with long distances in mind, so the focus is on comfort and, overall, VW has done a very decent job. If we’re being nit-picky then the ride is slightly less smooth than we’d hope, with lumps and bumps in the road not quite as ironed out as in some rivals, but it’s really not a major gripe. Overall, it’s quiet and relaxed while also being very capable through corners, with minimal body roll and steering that weights up nicely in the bends to give a feeling of composure and solidity.
Impressively, this is also true in the Alltrack model, despite its raised suspension and higher centre of gravity. While we’ve yet to try it away from the tarmac, it would seem to offer a great option for those that want off-road ability without compromising on-road performance.
Cars with the optional adaptive suspension let you switch between Normal, Sport and Comfort settings. All are perfectly acceptable when it comes to ride quality, and while the Sport mode will mean you feel more of the imperfections in the road beneath you, it’s never uncomfortable and it further enhances the Passat’s body control through the bends.
Volkswagen has a long history of making great-quality interiors, and the Passat is no different. The cabin has a premium feel, especially when compared to rivals like the Ford Mondeo
or Vauxhall Insignia
. It’s not quite as swanky as the BMW 3 Series Touring
, Audi A4 Avant
or Mercedes-Benz C-Class
, but then the Passat is considerably cheaper.
There’s lots of space inside the new Passat, and it’s been well thought out to make it easy to live with for both work and family life. It feels open and airy, with good visibility from the driver’s seat, and lots of space for three tall adults in the back, with impressive head- and legroom. Boot space is also very good, although the boot is slightly smaller in the GTE versions due to the battery.