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2007 Volkswagen Passat

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2007 Volkswagen Passat Review

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Volkswagen's midsize Passat has moved upstream in both size and price, leaving the new Jetta to do battle in the sub-$20,000 price range. The Passat now competes with the top-of-the-line Accord and Camry models, along with such sporty sedans as Nissan's Maxima. Loaded with features—some unavailable on the competition—and offered in both sedan and wagon forms, the Passat continues to be the most affordable way to enjoy true German engineering without breaking the bank. A smooth and powerful turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers excellent fuel economy and V6-like acceleration powers the base model. Those seeking a bit more power can opt for a potent, but pricy, V6. Toss in an interior fit for an Audi, and you have a compelling reason to go VW.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you appreciate the typical distinctions associated with European sedans—tangible and intangible—you might consider the Passat to be one of the best values on the road.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If its driving dynamics or design distinctions don't make an impression on you, there's little reason to choose the Passat over benchmarks like the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.

What's Significant About This Car?

No major changes for 2007.

Driving the Passat

Driving Impressions If above all else you're seeking insulation from the realities of the open road, the Passat might leave you feeling a bit exposed—it is neither the smoothest-riding nor the quietest...

car in the category. Still, we remained comfortable after hours on the road. We liked the 280-horsepower V6 but were especially impressed by the 200-horsepower 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder that's more responsive than traditional turbocharged engines. We haven't had a chance to drive the six-speed manual, but the six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission was very good and especially reactive in its sport mode. As is characteristic of European sedans in general, the Passat behaves with stability and predictability at high speeds and low. Perhaps most significantly, the all-new Passat is wholly successful in being exactly the car it wants to be.

Dynaudio Sound System
The optional 10-speaker sound system, the first in-vehicle endeavor by Dynaudio (a well-regarded Danish speaker outfit) is one of the best we've heard.

Sport Package
Offering a stiffer suspension, lower ride height and deep sport seats, the optional sport package makes the Passat even more of a driver's car.

2007 Volkswagen Passat Details
Interior

Inside the Passat you'll find a combination of style and refinement unmatched by any of its non-premium competitors. Quality materials and dynamic design combine in a passenger cabin that's at once both relaxing and energetic. Leatherette seating gives even the base model an upscale feel that cloth rarely delivers. Interior trim options include wood, aluminum or composite materials. Neat features include an electronic key and electronic push-button parking brake, plus a cleverly placed umbrella holder and two cooled storage compartments. The optional Dynaudio sound system is excellent. Rear-seats offer generous legroom, and a 60/40 split seatback functionally extends the Passat's already deep but narrow trunk. Sport Package extras include sport seats and a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Exterior
2007 Volkswagen Passat photo

With similarities extending from their tall, V-shaped chrome grilles all the way back to their nearly identical taillights, never before have the Passat and Jetta shared such a strong family resemblance—even though the larger Passat effectively projects itself as the more sophisticated older brother. The Passat is also bigger than the last-generation car, measuring three inches longer and three inches wider. Wheel options range from 16-inch covered steel wheels to 18-inch alloys. The big VW badge placed prominently on the back doubles as the trunk release.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even base Passats feature an impressive list of standard equipment that includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, six-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, single-zone climate control, AM/FM/CD-MP3 sound system, leatherette seats, power locks/mirrors/windows (one-touch up/down in front), cruise control, comprehensive trip computer, umbrella holder, keyless entry, cooled storage, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, electronic push-button parking brake, tire pressure monitoring system, 16-inch covered steel wheels and a hill-hold function that prevents roll-back during hill starts. Standard passive safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags plus crash-active headrests and seatbelt pretensioners. Active safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes (ABS) plus stability and traction controls.

Optional Equipment

The Passat's list of optional features is almost as impressive (or daunting) as its standard equipment list. Powertrain options include a 3.6-liter V6, six-speed automatic transmission and newly revised 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Other trim-level, package and stand-alone options include rear-side airbags, navigation system, power glass sunroof, six-CD changer, Dynaudio sound system, burled-walnut or brushed-aluminum trim, leather seating, multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, 10- or 12-way power front seats, heated front seats, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, foglights, heated wiper nozzles, self-dimming rearview mirror and manual rear sunshades. A new sport package includes a stiffer suspension, deep sport seats and a three-spoke steering wheel with Tiptronic shift levers.

Under the Hood

We really liked the Passat's new, more powerful V6 engine, but came away even more impressed by the new four-cylinder turbo that provides plenty of power along with highway fuel economy of more than 30 miles per gallon. Six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are also new, as is the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system that now operates as a front-wheel-drive unit until extra traction is needed, thereby reducing fuel consumption. The 4MOTION system is available only in combination with the V6, while the manual transmission is available only with the 2.0 turbocharged engine. Zero-to-60 miles per hour times range from 6.2 seconds to 7.4 seconds, according to Volkswagen. The sport suspension option isn't offered on 2.0 turbocharged models.

2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5100-6000 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 (manual), 22/31 (automatic)

3.6-liter V6
280 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
265 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 (2WD, automatic), 18/26 (AWD, automatic)

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2007 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 511 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Some minor interior gripes but otherwise great

By on Saturday, January 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great ride, look great, easy maint, hauls a lot"

Cons: "foil around gear shift peels"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"We purchased on 08 wagon from a family with kid so we expected some wear and tear on the inside but it's actually really nice, except for the finish around the gear shift. That part has peeled and there's some scratches here and there. The drive is fantastic. Very comfortable and we get great gas mileage. Most repairs and maintenance we've done ourselves for cheap. We have two major upkeep charges coming up for 100k miles and those are under $2k for both. I'd say this car is a great value. We can haul our large family on camping trips comfortably and safely."

Will keep for at least 10 years

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast and great gas mileage"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2.0 T: Fun to drive - great acceleration, great torque. I'm usually getting 27 or 28 miles per gallon, and I don't think I've ever had less than 25 mpg. Extremely reliable - I bought this new, and haven't had any problems. Even my base model is strikingly high quality."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Too many small problems.

By on Thursday, October 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Drives great."

Cons: "Poor overall quality."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Too many minor failures, door locks, rear seat fold downs, poor paint etc. Uses premium fuel and oil. Miles per gallon too low. But looks good, drives great and is comfortable. With back seats down, trunk is huge but one seat will not unlock and fold."

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Comfortable, great fit and finish.extremely reliab

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "well rounded vehicle + great reliability"

Cons: "nothing of note"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Passat Wagon in 1988 as I had just retired and my yearly mileage went from 50K+ down to under 7K. Most of which was city driving mainly carrying my two dogs. The 2L turbo is not the most fuel efficient for the type of city driving I do (average 19mpg of premium)but longer trips gave me more than 28+ mpg. It is surprisingly sporty and will cruise at 80+ (if you are not careful). This the longest I have kept a vehicle and it has never let me down. One of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned.I service it every 6 months, it neither leaks oil nor uses oil between services. I would confidently recommend this car to anyone. It has the added advantage of an electronic parking brake which will hold the car on any hill and release with the touch of the accelerator, has and excellent and fast AC / heating system and heated seats.(The driver's seat also warms your back)"

15 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Don't buy it!

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: unreliable

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "nice durable interior"

Cons: "in the shop again and again......"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Interior held up pretty well and car is pretty quick with the turbo but constant repairs over the entire ownership of the car were very costly and annoying. Dash lights coming on constantly. Never ever will I buy another VW product."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great quality, reliable, good looking

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Style, power, handling, seats"

Cons: "No hands free phone, no light in trunk"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned this car since new and the quality, power, handling have exceed my expectations. I am trading my VW in on an Audi, and am going to be sorry to let it go. No issues with reliability, comfortable, and a great daily driver."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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