Introduced for 2012, Volkswagen's midsized sedan was redesigned and optimized for the American market. In other words, it grew larger than most of its competitors, lost some of that crisp European driving feel and became less expensive. Since then, continual changes have tweaked and honed the Passat.
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The diesel takes a little getting used to but it's very smooth driving after that. It has a lot of power and it gets great gas mileage."

Nancy B., MO (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"This car is a blast to drive, especially when driving canyons and other twisty roads. Acceleration,while not the quickest from a stop, is a delight when passing other cars or when climbing a hill."

Ted S., ID (2014 Volkswagen Passat)


Timothy F., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very nimble for a car that size. Good highway manners."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great acceleration and handling but also tons of torque steer."

Chris W., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The TDI engine is very responsive and spirited and with it's massive torque instills driving confidence."

MARK C., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"TDI has plent of torque and mileage exceedS EPA estimates."

G E., OH (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"This TDI diesel drives so well that I am in a quandary as to what to do when they offer to buy it back. I love the handling and diesel torque."

GEORGE S., AL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Fantastic fuel mileage and performance. It is a TDI Diesel."

DAVID R., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Combination of turbo lag and transmission make the car's acceleration from rest unpredictable and slow."

JOHN B., MO (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"I have driven many miles of interstate highways with this car, and it has never failed when merging into traffic, avoiding obstacles or maintaining speed in all weather conditions and all types of roads."

MARIE M., PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The taxi is an excellent running engine and great fuel mileage"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The acceleration is jerky and finicky at low speeds. The transmission shifts hard when under low throttle at speeds under thirty. Rakes are soft and grabby."

DAVID V., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Car is diesel. Delay in acceleration from standing start. Very annoying."

TERENCE J., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The car handles perfectly and has enough power if not pushed. Fuel economy and range are outstanding."

DONALD L., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"everything about the car is wonderful excellet acceeration almost 50 mpg"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"It handles well on the road with more than adequate acceleration."

Anonymous, RI (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Horrible in snow. Otherwise it has good acceleration. Road noise is not great, cost of service is really high."

GARY L., ID (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"For a Diesel, it has pretty good acceleration merging into traffic but also has enough pick-up for quick merging or passing besides the great fuel economy. At the moment, when going home and traffic is flowing w/o hitting any stop'n'go, I get 55-57 mpg with A/C running at 112F + outside (stop'n'go kills about 10 mpg). Can't complain about that. Downsides: the emissions scandal, knowing that my car has a Takata airbag with no fix (and only the suggestion in the recall notice not to get into an ac"

DIRK B., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great acceleration for a diesel. Handles great for the price."

KENT G., NE (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Generally it drives well, however with the turbo there is lag. When you need acceleration (high way passing for example) you press the accelerator and count 1,2,3 and the turbo kicks in."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Handles well. Acceleration is very good"

EARL P., GA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Needs a little more power for acceleration and I wish it got a little better gas mileage. When compared to similar makes, I think the Passat falls behind a little bit."

BRIAN P., UT (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"turns on a dime and has plenty of pep ."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"We owned a manual 2002 Audi A4 before. The lower power of the TDI plus the slightly lass smooth manual shifter means that there are occasional stalls even for experienced manual shifters. This is a deal breaker, as we never stalled the Audi."

TED Y., ON (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration / gas mileage / handling - excellent"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)


Anonymous, MI (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration and Handling are excellent."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The Passat has a relatively small engine compared to the size of the car. The turbo helps, and it helps most decidedly at highway speeds. You can accelerate from 60 mph to 80mph very quickly. It’s wonderful."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Good acceleration and good control in the corners while turning. The steering is a little stiff compared to other vehicles"

Anonymous, KS (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration is excellent. The brakes squeal."

Trent C., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)


Andre L., QC (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"This car is a joy to drive, on both long trips and quick errands. It feels solid on the road and accelerates safely."

Anonymous, KS (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"My Passat is fun to drive and I feel connected to the experience. Firm yet compliant ride."

Anonymous, AR (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"It has a jerky start & at slow speeds"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Love the quiet smooth ride."

Christopher R., IL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Nice acceleration an handling with the manual. Easy to enter expressway."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"good handling"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"I have the TDI (Diesel) model with a six speed manual transmission. The acceleration is good especially for a diesel. The suspension is stiff enough for good cornering but still not too stiff for a smooth ride."

John M., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"great acceleration , particularly at driving speeds (passing for example). handles great, corners like it is glued to the road."

James M., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Has good acceleration, fast pickup when looking to pass. Steady, stable, feel relaxed and comfortable behind this when."

William M., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration is good for such a small, nonturbocharged engine."

J G., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"I really like its acceleration when needed. If I need to pass another car, I can do so easily without flooring the accelerator."

Anonymous, CO (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration is more than adequate, nice balance between handling and comfort"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very good acceleration when needed."

Anonymous, UT (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Loads of power, well utilized. Drives great in the mountains and on the freeway."

John H., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"2014 VW Passat TDI is an excellent driving vehicle. Reminds me very much of the Porsche I raced many years ago."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Peppy acceleration from such a small engine. Handling almost as good as our 2004 Audi. Could use less assist in the steering and brakes."

Eugene C., ID (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Good handling. Pretty responsive."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The leather power seats are very comfortable and warm when needed."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very comfortable on the highway, probably the easiest vehicle to drive that I've owned in 30+ years."

Anonymous, MS (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"very comfortable seats, a bit noisey. ride firm an stable"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"plenty of room"

Timothy F., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Seats are u comfortable however ride and noise are excellent."

Chris W., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Comfort and seats are very good- better than a previously owned Accord. Excellent, German car-like ride- fine handling. Excellent room front back and trunk."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Forced air fan too strong at #1 level. Cold air leaks into cabin through/under dash."

RICHARD P., NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The seats are comfortable for the most part but I would have gotten a power seat option for the passenger. It doesn't adjust as much as the drivers."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Road noise so loud you can't hear radio. Most times voice activated phone doesn't work because it doesn't understand me unless you yell at voice command. Shocks/ struts make loud POP noise when u hit bump"

JONATHAN B., ME (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Excellent handling, solid feel, comfortable seats"

JULE P., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Air Conditioning--only fair at cooling compared to Toyota Camry which is excellent"

LARRY L., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Road noise inside cabin could be better."

JACK P., SC (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"When my VW had to be in the body shop after I had a fender-bender I was given a loaner of a Subaru Outback. This was a few weeks after I had fallen and injured my back, and I immediately noticed the difference in comfort. As I was planning a 1,000-mile trip I was quite anxious and pleased to get my own car back. What a difference! The Passat is extremely comfortable on long drives and everyday running around, both in front and back seats."

MARIE M., PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Car feels solid and rides well. Seats comfortable."

L J., AL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Front PAX seat is not capable of being lowered. My six foot body causes my head to hit the ceiling which is very uncomfortable."

EDWARD L., ME (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"climate control is not automatic"

Anonymous, IN (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Roomy, comfortable, great visibility all around. Controls are well positioned and are intuitive and have a good feel. Rides well and handles competently and cabin noise level is better than most."

CHARLIE H., NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Incredible ROOM in this car. Smooth, stable ride, quiet. Seats comfortable even after 500+ miles."

RICK B., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"I find VW seats to be much firmer than most other car seats I've sat in."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Repeated problems with heater core."

SHERRI S., MO (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Bland exterior styling but comfortable ride. Weird entry way."

ALMIR V., MA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"I find there is a lot of road noise. I believe this may be due to lower profile tires but due to this being a higher end car in the VW line I am of the opinion that more nose reduction is required to be built in to manufacturing."

STEVEN O., BC (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Wind noise from right rear window; commonly reported online to be the rear quarter windows "catching" wind. Hard tires wear long but are excessively noisy on the highway."

Anonymous, BC (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The pleather seats are hot in the summer"

WILLIAM K., CO (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Standard 4 cylinder gas engine is somewhat noisy under acceleration at low speeds but is very quiet at highway cruising speed. Seats are reasonably comfortable but could be a little cushier for my tastes. I don't like that the front edge of the driver's seat is not adjustable independent of the up/down control as in most other cars. Everything else is fine."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"heated and cooled seats"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Good space"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great lumbar support for long drives. No back pain."

Gerald M., PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Good riding car, lots of room for people and things. Driver seat comfortable with electronic controls Front passenger not as much; old style lever adjustments."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"I find the Passat very comfortable even on trips. Noise level is very good with the widows up and AC on. We can hear the radio well and talk easily in the car at highway speeds. The car is very responsive and the turning radius is great."

Anonymous, CO (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"excellent on long trips"

Andre L., QC (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very comfortable seating- firm not supportive, good for long drives, excellent adjustments, low road noise,"

Kirsten W., NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"great seats and quiet tide"

Edward L., ME (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very smooth, quiet with comfortable seats"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The Passat is very quiet. It’s so quiet that drivers unfamiliar with the car tend to drive about 20 mph faster than they think they’re driving because people tend to regulate their speed by sound. Even when you’re accustomed to the car, you think you’re driving slower than you really are driving. Never had a car like this before."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Seats are too low for an older person. My wife is 80 and cannot comfortably get in and out of the care because the seat sits too low to the ground. One must step down to get into the seat!"

J G., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The buttons and shift knob are comfortable to operate. Ok ride."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The best thing we liked about this car is the leg room. My husband is 6'5" and my daughter with Cerebral Palsy can not easily fold her legs so we needed the most leg room for both front and back seats. This car is great for this! Most leg room ever."

Anonymous, MD (2014 Volkswagen Passat)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"A lot for the money. Most of the mediocre items are really just cosmetic things, not major items. Despite its rating this car has vbeen very relaible so far., It has a 4 cyl engine turbo- but it is ENOUGH power. Not flashy but it gets one into traffic or around most slow drivers."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The roominess and the highway manners and fuel economy are outstanding."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"unsold from 2014 bought still new in 2016 at a huge discount"

Steve G., CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Cost benefit ratio. The price of the car Vs. the performance and features of the car are great."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Vehicle has lost value because of VW scandal. I have lost lots of money on vehicle that I will not get back."

Anonymous, MO (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Poor value, this car is absolutely useless in snow. Even with the best snow tires, the diesel has such high torque tires spin in snow, no ability for easy gradual start. I have snow 4 months of the year, the car sits in the garage useless. VW settlement MIGHT resolve the value issue, but blue book value lost $7000 overnight with report of the "dirty diesel" scandal."

GARY L., ID (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"I have a VW Diesel impacted by the EPA lawsuit"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"We purchased this car new; find the best price for the vehicle in the area and negotiate for this price."

Anonymous, RI (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"not happy about the emissions recall, and possible buy back"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"This car was a 2014 that had been used by the dealer and had never been titled so I was the first owner and have a new car warranty"

PHILIP P., SC (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Car is being recalled due to fraudulant software"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"I will be selling this car back to VW because of the fraudulent representation/scam of Passat 2014 TDI."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very good MPG & Ride Confort."

EARL P., GA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Both cars have the affected 2L diesel engines. Waiting for decision to be made public on how Volkswagen will compensate/fix both cars"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great price and value. Car has lots of room in the back seats and a carnivorous trunk."

JESSE M., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"TDI fraud. Dealer also sold/misrepresented extended warranty and service contracts that are worthless and cost thousands of dollars"

ROBERT L., AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"well worth it"

GEORGE C., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Piss poor. VW lied to dealers, owners, federal govt and state govt about emissions. Resale value totally collapsed on premium TDI vehicles."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"This is a diesel. We get 48 mpg on the highway where we do most of our driving. More of us should be driving diesels. I hope VW survives the scandal and that diesels make a comeback. All aspects of the car were worth more than I paid for it."

BILL-JANE S., OH (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"It is a diesel. Was planning on having it for many years, until we found out about VW's consumer fraud, knowingly selling illegal autos in the USA."

SHANE S., OR (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"I am so disappointed with the fiasco VW created by cheating on the emissions tests. They completely misrepresented the car's value by doing this."

GARY V., WA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"My vehicle is a TDI model, which is affected by the emissions problem. Expect to lose some performance and MPG after the emissions correction"

PAUL L., IL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Exceptional gas mileage. The entire scandal was bs. It has lower emissions than ANY of the trucks, semis, dump trucks or other commercial diesel vehicles on the road when compared to MPG. It’s sad we could not replace our Passat with a VW diesel SUV."

Karen P., OK (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Despite the problem with VW and emissions cheating, this is a well-built car that delivers style and performance."

Anonymous, KS (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Ride and mileage are great"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Comfort, room, quiet ride"

Eugene C., ID (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"2014 VW Passat TDI meets or surpasses all expectations except mileage. The TDI was recalled for emissions violation and subsequently the wonderful highway diesel mileage went from 52mpg down to 42mpg. So much for GREEN logic."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great fuel economy, roomy, surprisingly good performance in terms of acceleration, ride and handling."

Charlie H., NY (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"It is a decent car offering good value but rate of depreciation tends to be little higher than a honda or a toyota"

Anonymous, KS (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Getting money back for the diesel issue but the TDI itself gets great gas mileage and can go long distances (up to 700 miles) on a tank of diesel. What other non hybrid car can do that?"

Kevin D., OH (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"A lot of car for the money."

Anonymous, AR (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"The Passat has excellent fit & finish, and also has more room inside than similar vehicles for lower cost. Not as many bells & whistles as other cars but that is exactly what I wanted - a solidly engineering reliable car - (159,000 miles without incident so far)"

John M., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great car. Handles very god, accelerates well, top speed of 160MPH, best MPG at 75-80MPH, great brakes. Comfortable car when traveling long distances."

James M., TX (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"VW corporation is really irritating to deal with. The car is to be recalled, but it seems impossible, as they lie to us, and are nearly impossible to communicate with. (Chat Line only!!!)"

James M., IN (2014 Volkswagen Passat)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Overall great styling and confort and performance."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Bland looks like a Japanese car"

ALMIR V., MA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very stylish"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Exterior is a blend of classic and sporty."

L J., AL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Get many compliments on the look/styling of my silver Passat."

KEN K., IN (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"I love the look and styling of the exterior of the car. Conservative but modern without the swoopy distraction of other cars from Japan and Korea."

MARK C., FL (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

"Two tone leather seats beige and black"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Volkswagen Passat)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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