Used Volkswagen Passat R36 (2008 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 20 Oct 2014
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Volkswagen is well known for its hot hatch Golf GTI, but when it comes to the Passat, practicality and reliability tend to be the attractions rather than performance. That's not the case with the R36 version.

Volkswagen Passat R36 (08-10)
Sleek understated looks, very quick, excellent build quality, comfortable ride
Thirsty engine, not particularly exciting to drive, engine strangely muted

New price range:

£34,354 - £35,626

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£3,980 - £9,465

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Volkswagen is well known for its hot hatch Golf GTI, but when it comes to the Passat, practicality and reliability tend to be the attractions rather than performance. That's not the case with the R36 version. Available in both saloon and estate bodystyles it's powered by a 300bhp 3.6-litre V6 engine and uses a four-wheel drive system (called 4MOTION) to provide excellent traction.

There's no manual gearbox however - only a six-speed automatic DSG transmission which uses two clutches to deliver super fast gearshifts - and it certainly works, with the R36 able to accelerate from 0-62mph in less than six seconds. Thanks to a different suspension set-up it handles better than the standard Passat with sharp steering and strong brakes.

But while it's undoubtedly quick it's found wanting in terms of driver enjoyment.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

2 out of 5

Green credentials

1.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 It is a big comfy estate, i do a lot of walking and climbing, so it is easy to fit my dogs, gear and friends in the car. With the seats down also there is loads of room for my mountain bikes.  

5 out of 5

Mark Fisher ,   12 Jan 2011    ... read more

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