The Passat has wide tyres but the relatively softer suspension means the car doesn’t corner as enthusiastically. The steering, though direct, is light and disconnected, the softer front end bobs up and down a bit.
The car feels amazingly stable and secure on any surface at most speeds. Helping the Passat’s cause for low-speed ride is the tyre pressure that’s been reduced from the earlier recommended and absurdly high 42psi. However, the gentle drumming sound over bumpy roads at low speeds, which we feel is the result of resonance from the huge boot cavity, is still very much present.