It’s easy to think of the executive car market in two halves: mainstream models from the likes of Ford and Vauxhall on the one hand, and premium models, such as those made by Audi, BMW and Mercedes on the other. The Volkswagen Passat, however, has managed to carve out its own in-between niche.
With its classily appointed interior, focus on comfort over handling and prodigious space, it’s a tempting choice that seems to blend the best of both worlds, but are its rivals – on either extreme – better all round packages?
Read on to find out in our full 16-point Passat review, where we'll tell you about everything from driving impressions to driving position and how it compares to its rivals. Once you've made up your mind on which new car to buy, head over to our new car deals page, where you could grab yourself a bargain.