The Volkswagen Passat has long been a favorite among car buyers looking for a little more luxury and style in their midsize sedan (or wagon, depending on the year). With its classy, restrained style inside and out, the Volkswagen Passat gives the impression of quiet competence, which is borne out by its refined driving character. A high-quality cabin, supple ride and well-mannered handling are typical Passat traits.
On the move, the Passat earns high marks for its ride comfort and quiet cruising demeanor. A VW Passat of any vintage offers sufficient room for families of four, but later versions are exceptionally roomy and can easily accommodate a fifth passenger. Engine choices vary by year, but shoppers seeking maximum fuel efficiency will do best by selecting a Passat with either a TDI diesel-powered engine or one of the turbocharged gasoline engines Volkswagen has offered over the years.