The eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat (B8) is considered by many to be the stepping stone into the premium car segment, and this D-segment sedan pulls it off with a rather reasonable price tag. Our tester here is of the Comfortline Plus variant which gets LED headlights, 18-inch Monterey 10-spoke alloys and a host of other features, all for the price of RM186k.

That puts it right in the sweet spot for those looking to move into the D-segment space, one that pits it squarely against the venerable Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, albeit for a bit more dough. But is it truly a genuine alternative? Well, you’ve got to watch the video above to find out.

To recap, power comes from a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, producing 180 PS at 5,100 to 6,200 rpm and 250 Nm from 1,250 to 5,000 rpm. All that is sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed DSG dry twin-clutch automatic gearbox. Packaged along with the car is a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Now, feast your eyes as Hafriz takes you through the ins and outs of the Passat 1.8 TSI Comfortline Plus. We’ve also compared the range-topping Passat 2.0 TSI against two formidable premium compact plug-in hybrids in the first episode of the latest Driven Web Series, so be sure to check that out as well.

For a more detailed look at the Passat’s equipment and specifications, head over to CarBase.my. Tell us, dear readers, what will be the D-segment sedan of your choice?