Advertisement
Go

Volkswagen Passat

Get Your Price
 
 Get email updates
What will I get by subscribing to email updates?

At The Car Connection we are continually striving to get you timely, relevant information about the vehicle you are interested in. Our email updates will notify you whenever we have new information on this vehicle.

For example:

  • new car reviews for this model by our editors
  • news including price changes, new models, or recall info
  • new incentives and rebates that are being offered for this vehicle

Our goal is to keep you informed as you research!
 

2015 Volkswagen Passat Photos

Volkswagen Passat is a mid-size sedan in the Volkswagen lineup that trends toward the larger side of its class. The current generation is only available as a four-door sedan, despite other body styles being available in the past. Several drivetrain choices are available, including a gas V-6, inline 5-cylinder, and an inline-four turbo diesel. The Passat is produced at the Volkswagen plant in... Read More Below »
TCC Rating Trend
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
New Volkswagen Passat Reviews

2015»

Rating Coming Soon
TCC Rating
Latest

2014»

7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Volkswagen Passat Reviews

2013»

7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating

2012»

7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
Select a year to view more information:
Recall History
Volkswagen Passat
7.8 out of 10

New & Used Volkswagen Passat: In Depth

2015 Volkswagen Passat (European-spec)
Shopping for a new Volkswagen Passat?

GET A FREE PRICE QUOTE

 Volkswagen Passat is a mid-size sedan in the Volkswagen lineup that trends toward the larger side of its class. The current generation is only available as a four-door sedan, despite other body styles being available in the past. Several drivetrain choices are available, including a gas V-6, inline 5-cylinder, and an inline-four turbo diesel. The Passat is produced at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and it competes with best sellers like the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and the Honda Accord.

See our 2014 VW Passat review for pricing with options, specifications, and fuel economy ratings

In the U.S., the Passat's lineage goes all the way back to the Dasher sedans and hatchbacks of the 1970s and the Quantum models of the 1980s—the latter which were, notably, offered with so-called Syncro all-wheel drive.

While Passat had been a model name used elsewhere, the Passat finally began to pick up pace in the U.S. with the launch of the third-generation (or first-gen for Americans) Passat, which had the same name here. The lack of a normal grille in front was a unique design point, while otherwise these models had a pretty low hood and large greenhouse, making them very space-efficient for their size; ride quality was good, too, though their interiors didn't feel any plusher than those of the cheaper Jetta. Most of this generation had barely adequate 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, though diesels and VW's narrow-angle VR6 engine were offered.

The next complete redesign the Passat got, in 1998, was revolutionary. VW switched its mid-size sedan to the same platform as the Audi A4, and everything from its ride to its driving manners felt much more upscale and sophisticated—either compared to the previous Passat or to other U.S. rivals like the Camry, Accord, and Taurus. Most Passat models from this era included either a 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter (1.8T) turbo four-cylinder or a 190-hp Audi-derived V-6. Between these two engines, there's surprisingly little difference in acceleration (and it makes the Passat feel more nimble), though the V-6 makes it feel like a luxury car. A short-lived Passat W8 model (2003-2004) featured a special 270-hp narrow-angle eight-cylinder engine, but its $40k+ price tag, heft, and thirst just didn't add up to much appeal. Throughout this generation, 4Motion all-wheel drive was available on most of the model line, too.

For 2006, the Passat changed for the better for Americans, becoming a little roomier and more comfortable, though they bypassed some of the sportier driving feel of their predecessors for refinement and more features for the money. Most of these Passats, which weren't significantly changed through 2010, came with an excellent 200-hp, 2.0-liter (2.0T) four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission (though a six-speed manual was also on offer). A 280-hp, 3.6-liter VR6 engine was offered from 2006-2008, and was required for 4Motion, but it was never a popular choice because it was so much more expensive. Across the board, this generation of Passat came with a long list of standard features, including standard side-curtain bags, and rear thorax bags were an unusual option. Here at The Car Connection, we found this Passat to be one of the quietest cars in this class, with a roomy backseat and nice interior materials. But a requirement for premium fuel might make these models less appealing as used cars.

In mid-2011, a new 2012 Volkswagen Passat was unveiled. With a somewhat larger body style and cost-cut, Americanized packaging, the new made-in-the-U.S. Passat gets a massive rear seat and a noticeable downgrade in refinement. But with a more attractive price of around $25k, we've found the new Passat to be particularly attractive—especially considering its 43-mpg highway rating. The Passat does have impressive handling, but its base five-cylinder engine is dull and somehow not as responsive as base engines in rivals like the Ford Fusion or Hyundai Sonata; further, those those coming from former versions of this sedan (or even Honda Accords) will be troubled by the swaths of grainy plastic, and there's more wind and road noise than we expect.

The current turbodiesel version has good power and exceptional fuel economy, while the V-6 is geared to the few buyers who really want more luxury features in a family sedan. We had a 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI for an extended Six Month Road Test and found it to be an excellent long-distance cruiser—one with real-world highway mileage well into the 40s.

One thing we've noted in the current Passat is that it comes in a very limited number of build combinations. For instance, you can't get a cloth interior with the TDI engine or VR6, the Bluetooth interface is very basic and lacks voice control, and you can't get a USB connector on the base car; most Passats now come with vinyl seats.

Volkswagen added a rearview camera system to the 2013 Volkswagen Passat SEL.

Used Volkswagen Passat Models

The Volkswagen Passat has changed significantly with each generation, and each successive redesign has brought what looks and feels like a completely different vehicle. The 2006-2010 Passat was a very well-equipped mid-size sedan (or wagon) with a premium interior and pleasant driving attributes; it cost more new than rival models, but it stands as a great pick used today. The current Passat introduced in 2011 has a different, more American focus—in interior space, comfort, and value for the money.
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
8.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
Advertisement
New Car Price Quotes
Update ZIP
We care about your privacy. By submitting your request, your data will be subject to our Privacy Policy and Terms and you agree that the dealers checked above may contact you using an auto dialer or an automated message.
Advertisement

More From High Gear Media


 
 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC. Send us feedback.