If you're in the market for a quality estate car to compete with the larger Audis, BMWs and Mercedes then the Volkswagen Passat could be a great value alternative.
It's been around in various incarnations for a long time and this has seen a long and gradual development in many areas of the car to create today's great load-carrying machine.
Look into the market and you'll find a possibly bewildering array of engines to choose from but a good rule of thumb is to go for the mid-sized ones in both the petrol and diesel versions. There's also the choice of manual and automatic gearboxes. The former are 6-speed while the latter are 6 or 7 speed depending on the engine size.
Where the Passat Estate really wins out is in the premium feel of the cabin which shows Volkswagen's customary attention to detail in this respect. The materials are top quality and it is roomy, quiet and comfortable.
Load carrying capacity is also excellent with 2005-11 models having 1,641 litres of space and ones from 2011 onwards having 1,731 litres.
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