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Volkswagen Passat

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Pros and cons

  • Spacious cabin and large trunk
  • User-friendly infotainment screen
  • Standard active safety tech
  • Modest styling
  • Only one model choice
  • V6 engine discontinued
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas or Diesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption6.8 - 12.2 L/100km
  • Highway consumption4.4 - 8.5 L/100km
  • Width1834 - 1835 mm
  • Length4868 - 4875 mm
  • Trunk space430 - 450 L
  • Cargo space430 - 450 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Volkswagen Passat 2012 - present is available in 7 trims:

Trendline+ trim features and specs

Available with the Trendline+ trim:
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the Trendline+ trim:
  • Alloy wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Trendline+ trim:
  • CD player
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the Trendline+ trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:9.4 - 10.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.3 - 7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:805 - 874 km
2 L - Gas - 174 hp
City consumption:9.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:864 km

Trendline trim features and specs

Available with the Trendline trim:
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the Trendline trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Steel wheels (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Trendline trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Touchscreen (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
4 engines are available with the Trendline trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:8.6 - 9.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.7 - 6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:832 - 954 km
2 L - Diesel - 140 hp
City consumption:6.8 - 6.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:4.4 - 4.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:1167 - 1224 km
2 L - Diesel - 150 hp
City consumption:7.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.4 - 5.6 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:1020 - 1034 km
2.5 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:9.6 - 10.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 - 6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:824 - 848 km

GT trim features and specs

Available with the GT trim:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the GT trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the GT trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the GT trim:
  • CD player
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the GT trim:
3.6 L - Gas - 280 hp
City consumption:12.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:660 km

Wolfsburg Edition trim features and specs

Available with the Wolfsburg Edition trim:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the Wolfsburg Edition trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Wolfsburg Edition trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Wolfsburg Edition trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • CD player
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Wolfsburg Edition trim:
2 L - Gas - 174 hp
City consumption:9.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:864 km

Execline trim features and specs

Available with the Execline trim:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Rear seat ski hatch
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the Execline trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Execline trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Execline trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • CD player
  • Front sensors
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Execline trim:
3.6 L - Gas - 280 hp
City consumption:11.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:676 km

Comfortline trim features and specs

Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Rear seat ski hatch (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Comfortline trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Touchscreen (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
6 engines are available with the Comfortline trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:8.6 - 10.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.7 - 7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:804 - 954 km
2 L - Diesel - 140 hp
City consumption:6.8 - 6.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:4.4 - 4.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:1167 - 1224 km
2 L - Diesel - 150 hp
City consumption:7.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.4 - 5.6 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:1020 - 1034 km
2 L - Gas - 174 hp
City consumption:9.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:864 km
2.5 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:9.6 - 10.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 - 6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:825 - 848 km
3.6 L - Gas - 280 hp
City consumption:10.9 - 11.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.4 - 8.5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:676 - 750 km

Highline trim features and specs

Available with the Highline trim:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Rear seat ski hatch
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the Highline trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Highline trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Highline trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
6 engines are available with the Highline trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:8.6 - 10.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.7 - 7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:804 - 954 km
2 L - Diesel - 140 hp
City consumption:6.8 - 6.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:4.4 - 4.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:1167 - 1224 km
2 L - Diesel - 150 hp
City consumption:7.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.4 - 5.6 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:1020 - 1034 km
2 L - Gas - 174 hp
City consumption:9.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:864 km
2.5 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:9.6 - 10.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 - 6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:825 - 848 km
3.6 L - Gas - 280 hp
City consumption:10.9 - 12.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.4 - 8.5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:660 - 753 km

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Learn about the Volkswagen Passat

Summary

The Volkswagen Passat is one of the most spacious sedans in its class, with plenty of cabin room and trunk space. Volkswagen has streamlined its trim selection, so there’s just one model choice with newer generations, down from four. Additionally, the V6-engine GT car is only available as a 2018 model. However, this makes it easier to decide which generation of Volkswagen Passat has the spec best suited for you and your family. With its abundance of standard safety technologies and interior features, this is a family ride that will give you a luxurious feel for a friendly price.

Safety

The Volkswagen Passat takes its safety seriously, with plenty of active and passive safety technologies. Standard features offered with models from 2007 onwards include:

  • Anti-lock braking system, which prevents skidding by ensuring your wheels don't lock
  • Traction control, handy for those slippery surfaces
  • Electronic stability control, which helps to keep you in control during sudden swerves or stops
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Child safety locks

When Volkswagen rehauled the Passat in 2016 for its current generation, more features were added. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are two active technologies that have been standard since 2017. Both help to warn you if your car is approaching the vehicle in front of you too quickly. The newest models also offer a rear-view camera and a blind spot monitoring system for assistance when reversing, changing lanes or parking.

Interior

The Volkswagen Passat’s style isn’t the most exciting, but it offers plenty of convenience features that more than make up for this. Standard items on all models include:

  • Keyless entry
  • Vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger
  • Power steering
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Power windows, door locks and mirrors controlled electronically

Volkswagen Passat models made after 2010 also provide drivers with heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheels and power-adjustable driver’s seats as standard. A sunroof and steering wheel controls are two available add-ons.

Technology

The Volkswagen Passat’s infotainment system is user-friendly and comprehensive, though it’s only standard in newer models. The interface comes with a 6.3-inch touchscreen and includes a navigation system. Models produced since 2010 offer features such as Bluetooth capability, satellite radio and smartphone streaming. Older models come with a CD player, AM/FM radio and mp3 player as standard.

Space

The Volkswagen Passat’s biggest draw is its spacious interior and large, above-average trunk space. The car seats five people comfortably, with plenty of legroom and headroom at the front and back. The rear seats can be folded for additional space, and cargo room in the trunk measures at almost 16 cubic feet in most models.

Comfort

Air-conditioning is a standard feature on all Volkswagen Passat models, with dual-zone climate control available in later models to adjust temperature separately for driver and passengers. Another standard feature of newer models is adjustable lumbar seats for the driver and front-seat passenger to help maintain good posture.

Frequently asked questions

The mid-size Passat is larger than the compact Jetta. Both cars offer a range of engines, but only the Jetta is available as a hybrid model.

The Passat is made by Volkswagen at the company’s Chattanooga assembly plant.

No, the Volkswagen Passat is a mid-size sedan.

A new Volkswagen Passat’s starting price is $32,995, but an older model in good condition can be considerably more budget-friendly.

The VW Passat comes with up to six airbags for the driver and front passenger.