Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat

About Volkswagen Passat

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is the only European alternative to the plethora of American, Japanese and Korean cars in the ever-popular midsize-sedan market. It's also one of the most enjoyable to drive, with confidence-inspiring driving dynamics at any speed that makes for a satisfying and relaxing driving experience. But despite its Germanic heritage, this particular Passat is built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was designed for North American tastes and preferences. So it's roomy, practical and priced competitively against its more mainstream competitors like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Last year, the Passat got a thorough refresh; this year, the 2017 Passat gets more minor updates designed to keep it competitive with the best in class, without losing its unique character.

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2017 Volkswagen Passat
What's new for 2017?
2017 Volkswagen Passat

Compared to last year, changes for the 2017 Volkswagen Passat are minor. The Passat R-Line and SE with the Technology package get more equipment, and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking are now standard across the board.

  • Expert Rating: --
  • Consumers Rating: 8.7
  • MPG 23|34
2016 Volkswagen Passat
What's new for 2016?
2016 Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat has been nipped and tucked for 2016, a makeover that includes revised front, rear and interior styling, plus a long list of new technology features. The diesel-powered Passat TDI is on hiatus until further notice, but the lineup gains a sportier-looking new Passat R-Line variant.

2015 Volkswagen Passat
What's new for 2015?
2015 Volkswagen Passat

Updates for the 2015 VW Passat include a new diesel engine in TDI models that is rated up to 44 mpg, while a rearview camera is now available in S and Wolfsburg trims. SEL Premium trims gain rain-sensing windshield wipers.

2014 Volkswagen Passat
What's new for 2014?
2014 Volkswagen Passat

For 2014, the VW Passat sees a number of improvements. A new 1.8-liter turbocharged engine will gradually replace the 2.5-liter unit as the base engine. VW’s Car-Net connected services will be offered on select trims, and a rearview camera is now standard on SE and higher trim levels.

2013 Volkswagen Passat
What's new for 2013?
2013 Volkswagen Passat

After its thorough remake last year, aimed specifically at attracting more American consumers, Volkswagen's mid-size Passat sedan is little changed for 2013. Some tweaking inside makes the center console's cup holders and storage space more functional, and a rearview camera is now offered on the top SEL trim level.

2012 Volkswagen Passat
What's new for 2012?
2012 Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat sedan is not only larger, better equipped and much lower in price for 2012. It's also tailor-made just for North America, in North America.

2010 Volkswagen Passat
What's new for 2010?
2010 Volkswagen Passat

The Passat's six-speed automatic transmission is replaced by Volkswagen's new DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) automatic, which is far superior to the auto/manual gearbox it replaces. Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity is also made standard on both the Sedan and Wagon.

2009 Volkswagen Passat
What's new for 2009?
2009 Volkswagen Passat

The Passat Wagon is reduced to a single trim, engine and transmission. Gone from the lineup are the manual transmission, V6 engine and 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Heated washer nozzles, 17-inch alloy wheels, power-operated rear hatch and a power sunroof are now standard.

2008 Volkswagen Passat
What's new for 2008?
2008 Volkswagen Passat

New trim names are Turbo, Komfort, Lux and VR6. New standard features include a 12-way power driver's seat, manual side sunshades and a leather steering wheel and shift knob. Adaptive bi-xenon headlamps are made standard on the VR6.

2007 Volkswagen Passat
What's new for 2007?
2007 Volkswagen Passat

Bigger, sleeker, more powerful and more refined, the 2007 Volkswagen Passat Wagon is completely new and improved from the inside out.

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Consumer Reviews

Best vehicle ever

By on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, fun to drive"

Cons: "None at this time"

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

"I have owned many makes and models of new cars, this is one of the best cars for the money out there!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great car. The diesel is a beast.

By on Thursday, June 5, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "50-56 mpg on the highway."

Cons: "The stick shift needs to get better."

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

"Great car, reminds me of an old supercharged Buick I had rented at LAX in the mid 90's; the ride is so supple and noise free. 90-100 mph across West Texas last trip. Felt like I was back on the autobahn which I have driven many times before. Too many pluses, try it and buy it."

43 people out of 44 found this review helpful

Too much fun!!!

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 10.0
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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: "Well thought out features, big trunk, great value!"

Cons: "None. Wish I could spend more time driving!"

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

"Can't believe how well laid out this car is. Everything is exactly within reach and easy to operate. Love the Bluetooth so I can stream my music while I drive and I can control the radio and answer the phone with controls mounted on the steering wheel. The trunk is so big that I don't have to use the seats and floor inside the car like I used to with my old car when I bought groceries. This baby can hold a lot of stuff! The seats and interior are so comfortable it feels like they belong in a more expensive luxury car. I can't believe how luxurious this car is for such a great price. Definitely a great value for the price. The engine provides more than enough power and doesn't feel like it's just 2.5 liters. It's not sluggish like other cars I've drove in the past with small engines. The exterior is also very well designed and attractive for a midsize family sedan. Who says you can't be sporty when you have four doors? I love, love, love everything about this car! I just wish I had discovered VW a long time ago!"

24 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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