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V60 Vs Passat - advice welcome!

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Old Yesterday, 09:52   #21
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I came from a mk3 2015my octavia vrs 2.0 184 diesel..

I completed 120k.

Had 1 problem which was water pump failure at 80k.
DPF never gave trouble, but was always on my mind as it always did weird things etc, like regen alot and fan was annoying if you interrupted one. In my V60 it is FAR more stealthy.. I have no idea it would even have one..

Boot and cabin storage is far greater on the octavia/passat/superb.. but I have gained some back by modifying my spare wheel to upside down, and removed some polystyrene from around it, meaning I can store some things under the boot floor I use infrequently.

I have test driven 150 18 plate passat, and 240 bi tdi passat and they both left me bored after the vrs, which felt sprightly, even compared to my now 200 D4. (200kg or so extra I guess).

Quality and sense of occasion however is where the Volvo excels. Being 'back in a Volvo' after many years reminded me of the little attention to details. Love the app, I find the infotainment better, better stereo, love the door handle lighting, pilot assist, better cup holders, nicer seats, better ride Quality (im on 19's) heated rear seats, adjustment of passenger seat from drivers side, better seat adjustment etc etc.. flat floor with seats down is easier too.. open the bonnet and look at the quality, the suspension design etc, its just more 'solid. I use a specialist wheel alignment guy, and he always commented how good the Volvo's are.

50,000 fault free miles so far.

My Vag car was good, but my Volvo wins my heart.

Hope no one fell asleep through that!
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I came from a mk3 2015my octavia vrs 2.0 184 diesel..

...I use a specialist wheel alignment guy, and he always commented how good the Volvo's are.
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Apologies to the OP for thread hijack.
BackinaVolvo: where do you go for the wheel alignment? I feel like there is slight vibration through the wheel once I get up to motorway speeds. I am just outside Soton.

To the OP: Get a V60! My Dad had a couple of Passats when I was a kid and they were far and away the best cars he had after various dodgy second hand Sierras and Astras. I always thought I would get a Passat one day, however, I ended up with an Octavia and then Superb as that was what the budget allowed. Had a 2016 Passat as a hire car last summer and was really underwhelmed with it. Interior quality was not as good as the Superb and it just felt meh, if I may use that term.
Got the V60 last September and loving it. One of the best looking estates on the road and, as several others have said, it just feels more special.
On the downside, it's not got the raw space of the Superb or even the Octavia (which would be a fairer comparison) but it would take a lot to tempt me out of the Volvo now.
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The wheel alignment centre, City industrial Park, Southampton. Unfortunately though, no one has got hold of him recently.. perhaps covid has meant he can no longer trade.. im am not sure.. :-(
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Finnster: the Octavia is built on the Golf platform, the older passats had more in common with the Audi A6 platform and the Superb is simply a stretched Passat under the skin.

I would happily bet good money that panel gap and panel alignement internally AND externally are measurably tighter on a Passat compared with a similar age/generation Volvo. The material finishes in my V60 are simply not as good as the Passat. The plastics are not soft touch and alignement is rubbish. The Volvo leather IS very good and the seats the best this side of a SAAB but then again my Passat had alcsntara so unable to compare. I agree the Passat is utterly unexciting to drive and if you want a drivers car then avoid both Passat and Volvo. Think BMW, Ford (if you must) or SEAT if on a budget.
Volvo's are built like tanks. Again, I disagree that a VW is a better finished car.

Read through this thread alone, the majority of posts say the same.
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