It’s great that there’s some new competition in the hybrid car market, with cars such as the new Volkswagen Passat offering a new and realistic option. This is a hybrid drive car, which uses a plug-in hybrid system to give a relatively short electric-only driving range that could be suitable for many short-distance commuter drivers.

Does it at last offer an option to diesel? That’s the question that car buyers continue to ask and rightly so. And the Volkswagen Passat offers that choice comparison. I’ve driven the new Volkswagen Passat GTE in recent weeks and this week I’ll compare it with the Toyota Prius featured in last week’s Irish Farmers Journal.