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With generous interior space, responsive handling, and a comfortable, quiet ride, the Passat is a competitive midsized sedan. The primary powertrain is an energetic 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder that's mated to a six-speed automatic. High-end versions use a powerful 3.6-liter V6. The 1.8-liter turbo averaged a very good 28 mpg overall and 39 on the highway. Front seats are very accommodating. Rear-seat occupants will appreciate the extra-spacious cabin, and the trunk is huge. Improved interior fit and finish is a plus, and for 2017 VW made active safety features such as automatic emergency braking standard. Reliability has dropped below average.

Road Test

Introduced for 2012, Volkswagen's midsized sedan was redesigned and optimized for the American market; that is to say, it grew larger than most competitors, lost some of that crisp European driving feel, and became less expensive.Since then, continua...

Highs

  • Gigantic rear seat and trunk
  • Better ride and handling than many competitors

Lows

  • You'll be disappointed if you expect traditional German levels of interior quality
  • Adding common features quickly drives up the low base price

Best Version to Get

Volkswagen often mixes up trim offerings, adding special editions that can lower the cost of getting popular equipment. We'd equip our Passat with at least a power driver's seat, the touch-screen infotainment system, and a backup camera. The top-line SEL V6 model feels like a budget Audi...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Sequential
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (280 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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