1998 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Untouchable in its class
The best car I have ever had. Probably the best car I have ever driven - it really does rival the lower range BMW's and Merc's.
Frankly, and I have had a few cars, the car is currently untouchable in its class (Mondeo, Vectra, 406 etc) and is now also becoming affordable second hand.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st September, 2000
16th Feb 2001, 18:28
I have to agree.I have bought an R reg Passat 1.8 T petrol at a very good second hand price, and what a car! Better than a brand new Vauxhall, Ford or Japanese whatever....
15th Mar 2004, 15:27
I recently swapped my 2002 TDi 130 SE for a Mondeo TDCi 130 Zetec-S and guys, I have to tell you, the competition is way ahead. The Ford is just as nicely finished, smoother, noticeably quicker, and more frugal. As for handling and dynamics, I can barely bring myself to mention the two cars in the same sentence - the Passat is well outclassed.
Badge snobbery and residuals - the only two reasons anyone would consider the VW in my opinion. And they'd be doing themselves out of a better car if they went for it.