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Bungie has polished off another Destiny 2 weekly reset, although this one is probably more significant as it coincides with the release of the highly anticipated ‘Go Fast’ update 1.1.4. We’ve already gone into detail about what the latest Destiny 2 patch features, so check out our earlier story if you need to get up to speed. Suffice to say though, those of you who enjoy a bit of…

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Bandai Namco Games has polished off a fresh trailer for oh-so-adorable-looking JRPG Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, this time putting the spotlight on ‘the mysterious traveler’ named Roland.  Hailing from a distant world, Roland has been dispatched to the realm of Ni no Kuni II to serve as a protector and mentor for protagonist King Evan, and seems like he’ll come in handy.

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Developer Koei Tecmo has polished off a fresh trailer for Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, the Switch version of the popular 3DS and Wii U hack-‘n-slash brawler based on Nintendo’s iconic RPG franchise. Due out in the first half of this year, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is a spruced-up version of the fast-paced scrapper, offering prettier visuals plus a host of downloadable…

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Nintendo has polished off a new Detective Pikachu trailer for your consumption, offering another glimpse at the pint-sized sleuth’s impending western release on 3DS.  The trailer also reveals a little more info about the massive Pikachu amiibo you can snap up for the game, which we now know is used to unlock useful cutscenes called Pika Prompts.  Detective Pikachu is coming to the US and UK…

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Microsoft has polished off some juicy stats for the recent Sea of Thieves closed beta, confirming a not-too-shabby 332,052 players took part in the swashbuckling simulator teaser. It’s certainly a good start for the Big M, considering this is one of its major exclusives for this year. Budding pirates spent around 2,000,000 hours sailing the seas during the beta, which also proved a big hit…

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Human Head Studios has polished off the first trailer for its hugely anticipated Norse-flavoured RPG Rune: Ragnarok, which was previously announced for PC last August. From the look of things the developer won’t be skimping on gore, with the footage showing one chap about to be beaten with his own severed arm. Ouch.

Rune: Ragnarok sees players going up against Loki, the God of Mischief, and his army of mythological beasts. The game, which is the sequel to the much-loved 2000 outing Rune, takes place in a sprawling sandbox where gamers can team up to pursue fame, loot, and glory, or clash in brutal PvP battles. 

From the look of things, Ragnarok has definitely ticked the Norse checklist for creatures, featuring a varied bestiary including giants, undead, dragons (yes, proper dragons, not Skyrim’s faux beasts which were actually Wyvrns) and more all out for your blood.  

Rune: Ragnarok will receive a beta on PC later this year, so go and visit the official website for more details on how to sign up.


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Few family cars are more polished than the Volkswagen Passat. This model has it all: cutting-edge safety features, a spacious cabin, lots of equipment and excellent build quality.

But the sober design inside and out means the VW has a dowdy reputation, which isn’t entirely deserved. Add keen prices into the mix and you can see why the Passat makes a great used buy.

Sure, you’ll pay more than you would for an equivalent Vauxhall Insignia or Ford Mondeo, but we’d argue that the Passat is more well rounded than either of those less premium alternatives.

Here we guide you through what is on offer and what to look out for.

Models covered

  • • Volkswagen Passat Mk7 (2010-2015) – Capable family car makes even more sense second-hand. 

Volkswagen Passat Mk7 

History

The Passat Mk7 that arrived in October 2010 was heavily based on the Passat Mk6, introduced in 2005. At launch there were saloons and estates, in S, SE or Sport trims. Petrol fans could choose between 122PS (120bhp) 1.4 TSI and 160PS (158bhp) 1.8 TSI engines, while there were 105PS (104bhp) 1.6 TDI and 140PS (138bhp) or 170PS (168bhp) 2.0 TDI diesels. All versions were available with either a manual transmission or a DSG automatic gearbox.

Highline trim replaced SE in October 2012, and a 158bhp 1.4 TSI engine took over from the 1.8 TSI unit in May 2013, when an R-Line trim option also arrived. Executive and Executive Style specs arrived in January 2014, the former replacing the Highline. An all-new Passat reached the UK in October 2014. 

Volkswagen Passat Mk7 reviews

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Volkswagen Passat 1.6 TDI BlueMotion review
Volkswagen Passat Estate in-depth review
Volkswagen Passat Estate Highline 2.0 TDI review
Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI review

Which one should I buy?

The TDI diesels are smooth, torquey, refined and frugal, and while the TSI engines are also excellent, they’re extremely rare. Autos are plentiful and the DSG is a superb transmission, if not usually as reliable as the manual box once a high mileage has been racked up. All Passats come with alloy wheels, ESP, curtain airbags, climate control, electric windows all round, USB input, plus an eight-speaker stereo system.

SE adds DAB radio, cruise control, Bluetooth, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat plus automatic wipers, while Sport comes with privacy glass, sports suspension and seats, plus tyre pressure monitoring. Highline models feature parking sensors all round, the R-Line has a bodykit and xenon lights, while the Executive gets leather trim. 

Alternatives to the Volkswagen Passat Mk7

The Passat sits between premium and volume, which is why the Audi A4 and Ford Mondeo are both rivals. Both come in saloon or estate forms, but only the Audi is offered with four-wheel drive. The Ford is more spacious, far more affordable and better equipped.

The Honda Accord and Mazda 6 are reliable, stylish and come with some excellent engines, while the Skoda Superb is huge inside, dependable and well equipped. If your pockets are a little deeper you could also shortlist the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class; both are excellent, plentiful and come with a wide choice of engines and trims. If you like a bargain, look at the Hyundai i40, which is excellent value in comparison. 

What to look for: 

Damage

Without sensors, parking a Passat can be a nightmare, so look out for scuffs and cracks on the bumpers. 

Brake

All cars come with an electronic parking brake as standard, but it doesn’t always release as it should.

Electrics

Batteries can go flat because of a current drain, often caused by the radio. Finding an effective fix can be tricky. 

Tyres

Premature and uneven tyre wear is common, especially with the standard Dunlop rubber. So check all the tread. 

Interior

The Passat’s dashboard is conventionally designed; it’s a model of clarity and feels seriously durable, even if it’s far from exciting. Refinement is excellent, kit is generous, rear seat space is decent, and so is luggage capacity at 565 litres for the saloon and 603 litres for the estate – or 1,731 litres with the rear seats folded flat. 

Running costs 

The Passat has standard (12 months/9,300 miles) or long-life (two years/18,600 miles) service intervals, the latter using higher-quality oils. Maintenance alternates between minor (£164) and major (£329).

A new cambelt is needed every five years or after 130,000 miles on all diesels; the TSI petrol engines are chain-driven. Volkswagen dealers offer incentives for cars over three years old, which means a cambelt replacement costs £434 for all Mk7 Passats.

The brake fluid needs to be replaced (£59) and the air-con serviced (£79) every two years. 

Recalls

The Mk7 Passat has been recalled once, for a potential leak from the high-pressure fuel pipes of the 2.0 TDI engine. The Golf, Tiguan, Scirocco, Eos and T5 Transporter were also affected, and 33,719 cars were recalled in total.

Some Passats were also caught up in the diesel emissions recall. Put the registration number into www.tinyurl.com/y7nhdtht to see if a car is affected. 

Driver Power owner satisfaction

For a car that went on sale over seven years ago, 28th position in our Driver Power 2017 used car survey isn’t bad. Practicality is clearly the VW’s ace card with a 10th place, while economy, safety, infotainment and comfort received good scores. But 61st for reliability and 58th for ride and handling are disappointing.


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Sony’s polished off a list of top 10 best-selling PSN games for the past year, and it’s absolutely no surprise to learn that FIFA 18 scooped the top spot in Europe, while the latest Call of Duty game is sitting smugly at the top for the US.

FIFA 2018 isn’t the only FIFA in the mix for the European top 10, with FIFA 2017 sneaking in at eighth place. Rockstar’s GTA V is in at number four, where it’s been for basically the entirety of last year anyway, and the US number one Call of Duty WWII is in at second place. There are also gongs for Rocket League, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, ‘cos apparently we’re more in the grip of nostalgia than our cousins over the water are.

The US chart is a different picture. Call of Duty: WWII managed to fend off some pretty stiff competition to first place, beating out the likes of Destiny 2 (also published by Activision, who will no doubt be having roast turkey again next Christmas), which is conspicuously absent from the European chart, and Horizon: Zero Dawn.

There are a couple of surprises in the mix though, with the much-troubled Friday the 13th slashing its way into third place and the utterly brilliant Rocket League hitting no. seven. Check out the full lists below:

PSN top-selling PS4 games for Europe:

  1. FIFA 2018
  2. Call of Duty: WWII
  3. Rocket League
  4. GTA V
  5. Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy
  6. Horizon Zero Dawn
  7. ARK: Survival Evolved
  8. FIFA 2017
  9. EA Sports UFC 2
  10. Rainbow Six Siege

PSN top-selling PS4 games for the US:

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. Destiny 2
  3. Friday the 13th
  4. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5
  6. NBA 2K18
  7. Rocket League 
  8. Minecraft
  9. Madden NFL 18
  10. Ghost Recon Wildlands

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