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Approved Used Volkswagen Passat Saloon

The used Volkswagen Passat saloon feels like a hefty lump of granite slammed onto the tarmac.

By Stephen Turvil
May 04, 2011
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The used Volkswagen Passat saloon feels like a hefty lump of granite slammed onto the tarmac. Excellent. That is fine by me, as this characteristic makes this Germanic status symbol feel totally secure and composed. It actually feels like nothing on earth can make it deviate from the intended path. This solidarity extends to the interior finish. Every switch looks like it can last for ten million clicks, the seat fabric feels harder wearing than marble, and the mechanics robust enough to last until coastal erosion obliterates dear old Blighty.

The recently replaced VW Passat saloon made its début in 2005 and retired to a rocky pasture in 2010. It comes with various engines, including a 2.0-litre 167bhp diesel. This propels the Passat to 62mph in 8.3 seconds, has loads of torque, and averages a fantastic 50mpg. The 1.8-litre 157bhp petrol version has similar performance, but only manages 38mpg. Alternatively, thrill seekers are catered for with the 246bhp 3.2-litre V6 variant. This rockets to 62mph in 6.7 seconds. Great fun, but brace yourself for a stone-busting 28mpg.

The used Volkswagen Passat saloon can be bought 'approved' from VW's prestigious forecourts. Any vehicle stamped with this status has been comprehensively tested and reconditioned (if necessary). It has also been on the receiving end of a full history check - and comes with a minimum twelve months warranty and thirty-day/1,000 mile 'no quibble' exchange promise. Buyers may even be able to specify extras such as parking sensors.

An approved Volkswagen Passat saloon can be a fantastic purchase - particularly for those who want a no-nonsense cruiser. After all, these sleek saloons are tremendously reliable, handle beautifully, and have numerous gadgets. Even the oldest – most basic - versions have six air-bags, an electronic stability programme, CD player, air-con, and an electric parking break. No wonder this capable car is as aspirational as a granite worktop.

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By Stephen Turvil
May 04, 2011