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Capitalising somewhat on the success of their Golf, Volkswagen took the recipe of cost-effective, reliable motoring and a sprinkling of street style and chucked it at the Family Car Market - the result is the Passat. Now in its thirtieth year and sixth generation, the Passat has followed a similarly ergonomic design path as its little brother and like the Golf, it's got a reputation for driveability and intelligent use of internal space. If you're looking for a car to retain its value for resale, consider the Passat - a car that combines respectable numbers across fuel efficiency and CO2 with respectability in the office car park. Internally, there's plenty of extras to choose from, too. Keep an eye out for the 2011 Passat Alltrack if you're looking something a little more SUV.
Now in its sixth generation and its fourth decade of production, the VW Passat is a mainstay of the large family car market. With good reliability and a comfortable ride, it remains one of the most popular cars in its class.
Along with the fact that the Passat is more economical than many of its closest rivals (the Ford Mondeo and the Skoda Superb), it's easy to understand why it is a consistently good seller in the large family car class.
Of the cars in its class, the Passat may be one of the most practical. A mix of reliability, space, affordability and comfort, it has all the elements of a good family car.
If there was to be a main criticism, it's that the Passat doesn't offer the same lively drive that some of its competitors do. This is a minor niggle however, as the ride is comfortable, performance options are good, and it comes well equipped - particularly in the newer generations which come with alloy wheels, air conditioning, USB connectivity and electric windows.
The drive is one of the most comfortable on the market, and in the newer models - which feature a revised suspension - the ride is as smooth and assured on poor roads as it is on motorways. Even at top speeds it remains responsive and calm.
The range of engines on offer is vast, and there are both diesel and petrol options; though the former offer the best mix of power and economy. The 2.0 litre diesel 138bhp achieves 0-60mph in around 10 seconds, but surprisingly returns just 50mpg and CO2 emissions of 120g/km. More efficient is the 1.6 diesel, which returns a more impressive 65mpg. The 1.4TSI petrol with Bluemotion technology offers around 47mpg and emissions of 138g/km, making it one of the most efficient cars in its class.
Reliability on VWs is good and the Passat is no exception; it scored an above average reliability rating in the 2012 JD Power survey. This reputation and rating extends to the safety as well, and so the Passat holds the full five star Euro NCAP crash test rating, while all modern models come with special electronic accident avoidance aids.
With low running and upkeep costs, the Passat is a solid family car which retains its value very well. Already competitively priced for their class, their potential resale value is very good.
First introduced in 1973, the Volkswagen Passat has been a consistent performer in the family car market.
With six generations of Passat there are a number of different models to choose from. Here is the most recent generation's models and their key features.
16" Barcelona alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, multi-functioning steering wheel, radio/CD player with MP3 capabilities
Front and rear electric windows, rear spoiler, start/stop system with brake energy recuperation, 16" steel wheels, lowered suspension
17" Sao Paolo alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone system, two zone climate control, DAB digital radio, multi-functioning steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, RNS 315 touchscreen navigation/radio system.
17" Minneapolis alloy wheel, Bluetooth phone system, DAB digital radio, RNS 315 touchscreen navigation/radio system, unique sport styling.
18" Canyon allow wheels, anthracite wheel arch protectors, Bluetooth handsfree phone system, DAB digital radio, matt chrome finishings, RNS 315 touchscreen navigation/radio system.