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.
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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

"Acceleration is good, road handling is very good."

WILLARD R., CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Pleasantly surprised by its acceleration and cornering. Fun to drive every day"

ALEXANDER P., FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"It is a little slower in the first 0-30 than I thought it would be but still in the acceptable range"

WAYNE J., CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Handling fuel mileage andpower"

EVA G., ID (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Safety features not available...audio warning for backup No blindside indicatord"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Nice passenger vehicle to take on long trips. Love the rear view camera. Has come in handy many times. The 4 cylinder turbo does it's job when passing or getting out of tight situations"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"the turbo makes for great acceleration especially since the engine is only 1.8L"

PAMELA H., NM (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"So smooth and very responsive. Driving it is fun."

MARY W., TN (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"A bit sluggish unless you really get on the pedal."

RICHARD B., AL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"This is one of the best cars with regard to acceleration and handling. Better than our previous BMW or Fusion."

HELEN S., CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"acceleration is stuttered when starting off quick - hesitates."

KEN K., IL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"It feels like your driving on rails."

VLASTA J., ON (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The car has power and is great"

BRIAN C., WA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Turns on a dime. Acceleration is quick. The car has pep."

SANDRA S., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great handling, performance, and fit/finish. Very upset with VW as this is a diesel"

DOUG G., NJ (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"It has the turbo so it has a very responsive feel to it. Handles great too."

PETER S., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Impressed with the acceleration and handling and as a diesel it is quite speedy"

MILAN K., NJ (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The 1.8 Turbo engine is very response. There is a lots of power over the entire rpm range. Fuel economoy is unbelievable. I averaged 42 mpg on a trip to death valley from san jose. This route has mountains etc. Very impressed with the engine, performance and mileage."

ABHISHEK K., CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"This cars apparent acceleration and ability to keep up in traffic is amazing considering it"s small 1.8 liter turbo engine."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very petty. Good handling."

ROGER C., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The diesel has great torque and I get great mileage. The car is fun to drive and handles very well. I upgraded to the next wheels and tires which has helped the handling."

Anonymous, SC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Car handles and accelerates amazingly. Very fun car to drive, and I always feel I can pass a car or get out of someones way if I need to."

ALEX S., NJ (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Considering it is a diesel, I am extremely please with its acceleration. I live on a very twisty road (Cabot Trail ion Cape Breton Nova Scotia) and for a 4 door car, it handles amazing. I use to own a 7 series BMW, and the passat handling is almost as good as the BMW"

LLOYD S., NS (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Drives very smooth, very quiet, very responsive - a nice balance between smooth and sporty."

GAYLE W., VA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Firmness, stability, acceleration"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"driving comfort, handling is excellent."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration and economy"

BRIAN G., CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"From standstill to starting, I have to be very careful as it will jackrabbit. I thought it was just me getting used to automatic, after having driven a standard most of my life. Either I am a very slow learner (10 months!), or there really is an issue. I believe the latter. Drove a Tiguan today while mine was being serviced. Same thing."

ANNA G., NB (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"the 1.8 turbo surprised me with its jump. Getting abt 28 mpg handling not as good as previous model but still very good."

WILLIAM W., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Both excellent"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"My TDI is a very fun car to drive. It has very good acceleration and handles like a sports car."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The power, performance, mileage, handling and looks"

Leonard W., AZ (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Car pulls into traffic VERY well - acceleration is amazing for a car in this price point."

Stefan W., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Accelerates well and handles competently."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration is surprisingly strong for a 4-cylinder engine. Plenty of get up and go for all driving situations. Actual gas mileage exceeds expectations."

Anonymous, NM (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"good handling on curvy roads and excellent comfort on highway"

Graham B., MA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Excellent acceleration."

George B., NC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration & handling. Sweet ride."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"steering, handling and comfort"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Has a 1.8 l engine. Turbo. great response."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Lots of torque dont have to down shift on long hills"

Anonymous, NS (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The turbo 1.8 liter engine runs on regular and offers almost instantaneous torque at very low RPM. Steering is very direct and braking response is right now at the top of the pedal."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration is good when after you come to a stop. There is enough power from the 1.8 liter engine"

William H., MI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Drives nice, good economy on gas and very roomy"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Handling, torque road feel"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Diesel cruises easily up mountain highways and returns incredible mpg. I have been able to exceed 800 miles per tank on long trips. LOVE having the 6 speed manual stick in a sedan. Feels unique and I like to "drive". It is a little sluggish getting on the hwy though"

Guy F., CO (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The acceleration has a bit of hesitation (this is the turbo diesel). Once it accelerates, it really takes off. Plenty of gusto for passing. Steering is precise and firm."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Holds the road well. Acceleration is crisp, except when accelerating from higher speeds there is a distinct lag in pedal response."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Its a diesel. 45+ mpg. Excellent handling. Not fast, but fast enough. Great response around town. On hwy trips can go 800 miles between fill ups. Pleasure to drive. Has been driven coast to coast round trips twice."

Gary L., MD (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Fine , quick acceleration and precise handling."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The 1.8 turbo has very good low end torque. the acceleration is surprising for such a small engine, I am also impressed with the handling its no sports car but for a mid sized sedan it's satisfying."

William W., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"This car does everything I need, it is safe to drive and has good gas mileage"

Markus W., NC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"All is good"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Drones like a more expensive car, driving experience is well engineered."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"fun"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Just a great car"

Joachim S., BC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Fast and responsive."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Significant turbo lag."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The turbo boost is surprisingly strong and makes the car drive much sportier than it's exterior would suggest."

Scott W., NC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Handles and drives like a true sports sedan. I've been very happy with it."

Eric C., MI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very comfortable ride and responsive steering. Not exhausted after long trips."

John L., GA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Consistently get over 50 mpg highway. Have never had to down shift climbing mountain passes. Has a six speed manual transmission."

Eva G., ID (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Good acceleration, braking, and handling. Also does well on very rough roads."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"This is the diesel model and has been modified to meet pollution regulation. Have not noticed a drop off in mileage, but has lost some acceleration. Handling continues to be predictive on highways with good lateral stability if I push it hard into curves."

Anonymous, IN (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"excellent acceleration and steering"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Air conditioner is weak."

Anonymous, NE (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"the seats in my Passat Limited could be more comfortable."

Anonymous, ID (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Diesel issues. Environmentally a disaster. Senior management lied about emission standards. That's reason enough not to purchase another product from this company."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The HVAC system expels a musty smell every time is turned on. This happened before one year of use. I even changed the cabin air filter before its time at 20000miles which did not work. Will try to get this fixed at the dealership, reading on the web not a success story. Disappointed, otherwise the Passat is a decent car, not the best, but competitive."

ARIEL P., MI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"There is so much leg room for back seat passengers. The car is comfortable for me in the driver's seat. Rides smooth."

ROSE W., IL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The seats are very uncomfortable."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"It isn't a particularly quiet car. But it has those wonderful VW seats. It is our first experience with climate control, each having temp controls. What a great feature, as my husband used to have to wear socks, while my feet were quite comfortable!"

ANNA G., NB (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"All good"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The climate control is great. The seats aren't suitable for someone of my size."

RALPH M., TX (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The driving position is perfect and the seats are supportive. The AC is nice and frosty."

MICHAEL B., FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"ride is very good,excellent brakes ,good visibility,handles very good"

ROY S., FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Auto climate control slow to adjust - blows cold for too long for example. Also backup camera very slow to come on when in reverse. Often done backing up before it shows anything."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Good = climate control, seats"

MICHAEL H., MN (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Although it's a midsize car, it's more comfortable than some higher end cars. It's spacious and rides like full size car. Had received compliments on it's styling. The turbo makes all the difference when accelerating"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"We are a very tall family and the head and leg room are excellent. We also love the comfort of the seats for a car in this price range."

TYLER M., HI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Sears are comfortable on long trips. Suspension absorbs bumps well. Road noise is kept to a minimum."

Anonymous, NM (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Super comfortable seats. Driver side allows lots of room for drivers with long legs - more than any SUV - while still leaving room for passengers in back. This is an excellent car for people various body types, especially large individuals."

Stefan W., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very confortable"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The seats are very comfortable, both front and back. There is plenty of legroom, even for my adult sons."

Michael S., CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"It is very comfortable ride and has good sound insulation from the road."

Anonymous, HI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"I have more road/cabin noise in my 2015 VW Passat than I do in my old 2000 VW Jetta! You definitely don't have the quality German feel that I did with my old Jetta."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very quiet, very comfortable, and a slightly stiff ride. Great for road trips. Huge back seat."

Mary L., FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The car is very comfortable and I love the leg room for the back seats"

Markus W., NC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Multi position selection of driver seat … would like the passenger seat to have the same. Very comfortable ride with adequate noise control."

John L., GA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Comfortable, somewhat sporty ride. Somewhat excessive road noise."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Fake leather does not hold up well"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Able to drive all day and be comfortable."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The seats are comfortable, the road noise is pronounced. When we originally test drove this vehicle it seemed quiet, but after purchase it no longer seems quiet. Acceleration is good but there is an initial lag when pressing the gas pedal possibly due to the turbo."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The seats are comfortable and supportive, even on long drives. One quirk is that you can't just "lower" the seat bottom vertically. It simultaneously slides backwards. This is an issue because my wife is shorter and has the seat bottom higher, and when lowering it creates a bit of extra fiddling. The ride is comfortable in terms of suspension, but there is a lot more road noise than I would like to hear. Steering is precise and firm."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Truly enjoy driving this car for its comfortable ride on long trips. Noise is reduced over 2014 model, and seats more comfortable."

Anonymous, IN (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"not the easiest to get in or out of if you are a large/ taller person, but very comfortable once inside. Quiet ride, adjustable seats in all directions"

Doug S., MT (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Good seat positioning and climate control"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"I am extremely pleased with the ride and comfort. If I had to find a fault it would be wind noise at highway speed. Other than that, the car rides well and the seats are very comfortable. Rear seats have a great amount of space even for adult passengers"

Robert Z., GA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The seats are super uncomfortable."

Pamela Y., MN (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"The car is an incredible value given the comfort, room, performance and reliability."

ROBERT Z., GA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"My car is part of the vw scandal"

BRIAN C., WA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very fair price for this vehicle for what we where looking for. Had the Bells and Whiles, that we thought we where getting."

DAN H., OR (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"VW giving us 4000.00 less than what we owe on our VW in the buyback program. We paid too much for this car."

LORETTA G., ME (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Love the car. Think VW unbelievably stupid to cheat on emissions"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"good value. I think other cars that were in the same price range when I purchased it are not made made as well. This includes the engine, wrrking parts and interior."

DEBBIE M., FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very luxurious and well-driving car for the price."

MARY W., TN (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Car was purchase 1 month before diesel scandal broke. Dealer must have known because we got a good price. The car functions fine for the most part, but we are disappointed in the disregard VW exhibited toward customers and our planet."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"As a VW diesel, I have to get a new car Nov or after with that approved buyback. Love the diesel and would get another but VW's are not approved for sale, and others, with the exception of Jeep, had discontinued diesels (Mercedes and BMW) or not offered as planned (Jaguar). Gets to be a dilemma. Audi A4 is on the short list along with Mercedes C Class, ruled out BMW (ride/runflats) and Jaguar. Also Ford Fusion Hybrid (+ RV flat towable - sluggish CVT) and Mazda6 (Performance/economy)."

LAWRENCE G., FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Good value for the money until dieselgate....."

EUGENE B., NC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"This vehicle has a diesel engine, so I am waiting to see what will happen. Either I will return the car and get monies or take it to get fixed."

DAVID B., KS (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"dealer ripped me off for a $2000 additional "rental charge" on the lease - never noticed till 2 months later - my bad, but it was still a ripoff. Even used AMEX buying service to lock in on a price but the financing dept got me."

KEN K., IL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The value is good for the money. It is not like a $50,000 and up luxury vehicle like a BMW or Mercedes."

R B., NC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"because of vow's emission issues with the diesels , the value of my gas engine car declined dramatically with no recourse what so ever. Bad value for a one year old car"

GREGORY G., FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Classic styling for a sedan, great space for passengers and luggage."

JOHN C., IA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"We paid 22K OTD for a Passat Limited and think it's the best value for the money. The handling, steering, suspension, fit/finish, roominess and features make this a most attractive option at this price point."

NANCY B., VA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"For a 35K car it doesn't have any of the safety features of some 25K cars such as blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise or brake assist"

ROBERT H., NC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"It is an Accord, Fusion, Camry sized car that has very comfortable seats for extended driving days while giving 45 mpg at 78 - 80 mph. That is absolutely great. The best thing that EPA can do is leave us alone. This car is environmentally superior to the average car 5 years ago."

GARY D., FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"I have a 6-speed manual transmission and get much better fuel economy than the EPA rating; sometimes 60 MPG on long highway trips."

SUSAN F., KY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The car's fit and finish and driving experience are more like a luxury car, but the price was below the average for any car. Terrific value for the price."

GAYLE W., VA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"It has so much leg room, more than other cars but has stellar fuel economy. It's fast too and handles very well."

MICHAEL B., FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Purchased the vehicle $6000 below MSRP from dealer. The car blogs have not given the VW passat its due recognition. Hence there is tremendous value in this car bcos you can it it waaay below MSRP - not many buyers."

ABHISHEK K., CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Comfort, room, gas mileage, performance and fit and finish."

James L., TX (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great buy for the money"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"decent priced vehicle, plenty of room including the trunk area. Mileage is great, low maintenance costs is a big factor. Labor rates at VW shops are very high, and VW is proud of that. The car took a value hit when VW got into trouble several years ago on its emissions issue with the diesel cars, which we did have and loved that car as well."

Doug S., MT (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"was able to get very favorable lease rate and a reasonable buyback price for the Passat. We intend to keep this car at lease end. It has been a pleasure to drive and very reliable."

William W., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"A lot of car for the money. Handles well and has more legroom both front and back than any other sedan we tried."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Leather, heated seats, power front seats, Bluetooth, XM, and alloy wheels for under 24k. Excellent deal."

Mary L., FL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great value considering its competitors"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"I drive the Limited Edition model that was released just prior to the 2016 re-styling. Love the 1.8L Turbo engine - it's smooth and accelerates effortlessly when needed. Everyone comments on the exceptional leg room in the back seat. I'm 6'4" and comfortably ride with the driver's seat almost all the way back. People riding behind me can't believe the leg-room. Right now, I wouldn't hesitate to consider another Passat or another VW product."

Scott W., NC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"fuel efficiency was a major factor in purchasing the car. Fuel costs for TDI was about $200 less per month than the car that it replaced."

Charles G., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Vehicle has only required maintenance and fuel. Highway mileage has exceeded all expectations - some trips I have recorded 37-39 mpg."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"TDI delivered 50 mpg or more on my 80 mile highway commute"

Graham B., MA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great value CR does not seem to appreciate"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"European handling/road feel, decent power with devent fuel mileage. A good balance."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"I think it was a good value for the money we pay monthly in the lease, we have had no problems. Just uncomfortable seats. Otherwise a good car."

Pamela Y., MN (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"You get a car with a very large passenger compartment capable of comfortably seating 4 adults"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The car hit the "sweet spot" for size, comfort and available tech for the money."

Robert Z., GA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Gets 40 mpg or better. about 45 average. 60 mpg under ideal circumstances."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It has the fancy big wheels and is very comfortable to drive."

PETER S., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Sleek, cool styling for a sedan that is not a luxury car."

THOMAS V., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very nice body style, everything is great quality throughout."

DOUG S., MT (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Interior could be made with higher end, higher touch materials. Too much hard plastic. European version is nicer in that regard."

DONALD L., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Every time I drive my Passat, I think, I have the best looking car on the road. Sleek lines. Beautiful color. So cool. People have stopped me to ask what I'm driving."

ROSE W., IL (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"I prefer the styling of the CC (my last car) vs the Passat, however the Passat has much more room in the rear seat and the visibility is better than the CC."

ROBERT Z., GA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Beautiful car. I even get compliments on how nice it is."

SANDRA S., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Prefer a sporty look"

DINA S., NY (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"back seat is very roomy"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Subtle design cues-body lines, proportions and details that contribute to a clean, sophisticated appearance."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Clean lines and classic look for a German sedan."

JOHN C., IA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"Good looking car, but more and more cars are starting to look the same."

WILLARD R., CA (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

"The limited version allowed me to get the features I wanted without those I didn't care about."

BONITA F., NC (2015 Volkswagen Passat)

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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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