Volkswagen Passat (2011-2015) review
The Volkswagen Passat has been around for a while, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a car that manages motorway miles as solidly. It still provides a strong challenge for the Ford Mondeo, Skoda Superb and Mazda 6, and in tandem with most Volkswagen cars, it's got an upmarket image, quality interior and impressive refinement. It's immensely quiet thanks to improved insulation, so engine, wind and road noise are hardly noticeable. The result is a car that makes an excellent long-distance cruiser. The Volkswagen Passat is available in saloon and estate versions, and there's also a rugged Alltrack version as well as a four-door coupe based on the Passat, called the CC. The Passat saloon is available in a variety of specifications, including entry-level S, BlueMotion, Highline, all-new R-Line and top-of-the-range Sport. All versions of the Volkswagen Passat come with a generous amount of equipment, and a host of hi-tech safety features as options. There's also a wide range of more than capable petrol and diesel engines. The green BlueMotion model offers the lowest emissions, but all diesels will keep fuel consumption low. However, the latest low-capacity TSI petrol engines aren’t as far behind on efficiency as you might expect, and still deliver punchy straight-line performance.
There are two petrols and two diesels in the Volkswagen Passat range. Petrol versions come in 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre capacities, with 158bhp and 207bhp, respectively. The 1.4-litre is fitted with BlueMotion technology, too, but this is a feature across all of the diesel models. The more powerful 2.0-litre version genuinely feels fast, and reaches 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds. The entry-level 104bhp 1.6-litre diesel is quiet and refined on the motorway, but can feel a little underpowered. Buyers wanting a bit more grunt should opt for the 138bhp or 175bhp 2.0-litre TDI. Higher up the range, more powerful versions are offered with an automatic gearbox, which is fast and efficient, and even lets drivers change gears through steering-wheel-mounted paddles. Excellent body control and accurate steering ensure the car is capable enough through corners, although it lacks the sense of fun provided by rivals like the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6. Don’t buy the Alltrack estate expecting strong off-road ability - while this model benefits from a raised ride height, chunky body mouldings and 4MOTION four-wheel drive, it’s not as capable over rough terrain as a crossover like the Mazda CX-5.
The Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion version offers the best fuel economy in the range – with a 1.6-litre TDI engine mated with the six-speed manual gearbox, it returns 68.9mpg and emits114g/km of CO2. Both the standard 1.6-litre TDI and 2.0-litre TDI manage 65.7mpg and 61.4mpg and emit only 114g/km and 119g/km of CO2 respectively. Even the more powerful 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine will return almost 40mpg but spec a model with an automatic gearbox and those CO2 figures will begin to creep up. VW also offers several service packages to help ease the burden of expensive repair bills if something was to go wrong.
The Volkswagen Passat is still a class contender, despite its age - it still looks quite sharp and fits in with premium rivals such as the Skoda Superb. The front end is characterised by the familiar Volkswagen face, featuring stylish headlights that flow into a bold grille, with attractive taillights and a smooth bumper providing strong visual appeal at the rear end. Entry-level Volkswagen Passat S versions get 16-inch alloy wheels, while top-of-the-range Sport models get 17-inch rims and a chrome trim around the windows and bumpers. New R-Line models come with 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights and a sporty styling pack. Buyers should be aware that Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion models don't feature alloy wheels - they get steel wheels instead, which are specially designed to maximise aerodynamic efficiency. The BlueMotion model also gets a lowered ride height and a more suitably aerodynamic bodykit to lower fuel consumption further. There's nothing to rave about in terms of the Passat's interior, but it is well built nonetheless. DAB radio features as standard on all models, but those wanting an easy-to-use touchscreen navigation and stereo set-up should opt for Highline specification and above.
With the Volkswagen Passat you'll get 565 litres of boot space - that's larger than what the Ford Mondeo has to offer, and the rear seats can be folded flat just by touching a button. The rear seats boast enough room for even tall adults to stretch out, and if you choose the estate version of the Volkswagen Passat, you'll get 603 litres of boot space - this expands to 1,731 litres, which is up there with the most practical family cars in the class. Buyers can opt for a clever keyless start system, which allows you to open the boot by waving your foot underneath the rear bumper - quite useful if your hands are full with this week's shopping.
The previous Volkswagen Passat finished 79th in the Driver Power list of the top 100 cars, with the latest model being too new to feature in the 2013 survey itself. As the latest car is largely based on the previous generation, this should provide some peace of mind - users ranked it highly for reliability and practicality. Volkswagen, meanwhile, managed to finish 16th in our 2013 manufacturer ratings survey. The Volkswagen Passat boasts a range of safety features, including a variety of airbags fitted as standard, electronic safety equipment to prevent accidents and optional extras such as a drowsiness detector, lane-change assist and a system that can apply the brakes if it senses an imminent collision.
Let’s get one thing straight: Tennessee is not Germany. If you haven’t previously stopped to consider this remarkable fact, we suggest you take a moment to ponder it. Nashville isn’t Stuttgart, Chattanooga isn’t Wolfsburg, and that eight-footlong snake encased in Lucite and mounted in a souvenir shop near Lynchburg (population 6362, including Little Richard) isn’t a graffiti-covered piece of the Berlin Wall.
You are forgiven if the snake threw you off.
So Tennessee is not Germany, but this fall, you’ll be able to waltz into one of the state’s Volkswagen dealers and drive off in a 2012 Passat built by local labor. This is the first time VW has assembled a car in America since the 10-year crap explosion that was its New Stanton, Pennsylvania, plant (1978–1988). That facility, you may remember, cost Pennsylvania nearly $100 million in incentives and produced both perpetual labor disputes and sloppily built Rabbits that collapsed under the weight of their own stench. When the plant shut down in 1988, it was making about 60,000 cars a year, less than half its capacity.
The hypermodern new plant, crafted to avoid such problems, is located in Chattanooga. Overjoyed at winning the bid, the state of Tennessee built VW its own exit off Interstate 75 and coughed up $577 million in incentives. The facility sits about 12 miles northeast of downtown ’Nooga on the site of an old munitions factory.
That last bit is fitting, as the Passat is a key part of Volkswagen’s explosive American- growth goals. VW wants to sell 800,000 vehicles here by 2018, up from last year’s 256,830. This is a huge—some would say terrifying—leap, one that won’t come from throwing cash on the hoods of a few Jettas. VW is thus remaking its lineup in what it believes to be our image. First came the larger, cheaper 2011 Jetta, which is selling at a blistering pace. Now we have the ’12 Passat, which is longer than the outgoing model, is styled like a bar of soap, and will likely cost about $7000 less than its predecessor when it hits dealers this fall. The folks in Wolfsburg apparently think we’re all penny-pinching lardbutts. Perhaps. We’ll tell you what we think, but you should pay us $5 first and wait until we finish our bacon-fat sandwiches.
The Passat’s launch took place on the roads between Chattanooga and Nashville, a serene, rolling land of tumbling hills and lifted pickup trucks. The VW’s white-bread curves blend in here, but they’d blend in anywhere, which is kind of the point. The new length is mostly between the wheels, with the wheelbase up 3.7 inches. VW gives an additional inch of legroom to the front and 1.4 inches to the rear. The Passat’s back seat now offers more legroom than those of the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. This is nothing if not on purpose: During the press conference, Volkswagen executives rang out the phrase “sized for America” like a team cheer, which just made us think of Sansabelt slacks. You have to wonder how far this Stars-and-Stripes theme will go. (Rumor has it that VW wanted to kick off the 2011 Detroit auto show with cowboys on horseback. Thankfully, someone said no.)
Still, the most interesting part is how anal-retentively VW has tailored this Passat for our commonwealth. The rest of the world, including Europe, gets a face-lifted version of the 2005–2010 car. The version you see here will be built and sold in North America and nowhere else. It has three bars in its grille instead of two—a last-minute addition—because focus groups felt the Hyundai Sonata’s nose looked spiffier. We get three engines (the German-market Passat offers seven), all of which have been seen before: a 170-hp, 2.5-liter five; a 140-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four; and a 280-hp, 3.6-liter 10.6-degree VR-6. There are just 16 build combinations, down from 128 in 2009, aimed at thinning special orders. And because front-wheel drive rules this segment, four-wheel drive is off the menu. Same for a wagon.
Struts support the front end, as is the class norm. At the rear, there’s an independent multilink suspension similar to what lives in the European Passat. The 2.5-liter model gets either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, but the TDI can be had with a six-speed stick or DSG dual-clutch automatic. The 3.6 is only available with the latter because—you guessed it—VW says U.S. V-6 takers don’t want a clutch pedal.
Oy, we’re a fun bunch.
Our seat time was limited to TDI and 2.5 models, both equipped with two-pedal transmissions, 17-inch rubber, and top-zoot SEL trim. Each sucked up Tennessee’s undulating pavement with ease, the only real suspension flaw being a bounding, mildly underdamped nose on the five-cylinder car. Think of the way an inflatable punching clown rebounds. The chassis is otherwise buttoned down and nimble, with mild understeer at the limit and moderately intrusive stability control that can’t be turned off. The brakes are predictable and linear in feel, and though the pedal gains a bit of travel under hard use, performance never seems to suffer.
Engine choice here is a matter of taste. The heavier TDI (3350 pounds versus the 2.5’s 3300) is the rowdier of the two, with livelier steering, the typical diesel bloom of midrange torque, and the DSG’s giddy, right-now shifts. The five-cylinder’s relative torque deficit and heavy, low-speed steering mean it isn’t as much fun to spank down city streets, but the gap is narrowed by the diesel’s maddeningly upshift-happy gearbox. It doggedly yanks you into a higher gear and away from grunt whenever possible. Blame the TDI’s 43-mpg highway fuel-economy rating.
Amazingly, for a car that just had thousands of dollars ripped from its street price, the Passat’s interior is respectable. The back seat is big enough for two grown men to live out of. The optional 400-watt Fender audio system, with a sound profile an engineer predictably described as “purposely middle-of- the-road,” is punchy and accurate enough to please almost everybody. You see the frugalizing in a couple of places—a glove-box interior finished like a kid’s lunchbox, a cupholder lid sharp enough to double as a prison shiv—but overall, things are on par for the class. There’s none of the packed-with-goodies feel of a Sonata or an Accord, but hey, subtlety is underrated.
In the end, though, it’s the Passat’s flavorless styling that sticks in your craw. (Or is that gristle from the fat sandwich?) It’s fitting that the rear three-quarter view has a lot of Chevy Impala in it; from a certain perspective, this car—populist, affordable, patently inoffensive—is the world’s greatest Impala. Given what VW is trying to accomplish, that’s meant to be a compliment.
Note: Volkswagen representatives do not like it when you tell them this. They grow narrow-eyed and stare into the distance like Davy Crockett. Perhaps they’re looking for snakes.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $21,000-$30,000
ENGINES: turbocharged DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter diesel inline-4, 140 hp, 236 lb-ft; DOHC 20-valve 2.5-liter inline-5, 170 hp, 177 lb-ft; DOHC 24-valve 3.6-liter VR-6, 280 hp, 258 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode, 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode, 5- or 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 110.4 in
Length: 191.7 in
Width: 72.2 in Height: 58.5 in
Curb weight: 3300-3550 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph: 6.3-8.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 14.4-27.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.4-17.0 sec
Top Speed: 118-130 mph
EPA city/highway driving: 20-31/28-43 mpg
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Used Vehicle Review: Volkswagen Passat, 2012-2015
Vehicle Type: Mid-Size Sedan
History/Description: The Volkswagen Passat entered its so-called B7 generation as a 2012 model year vehicle, focusing on fuel efficiency, safety, comfort and value in a handsome and comfortable package that provided affordable access to a taste of the motoring high-life. The top-dog sedan in the VW model range, the B7 Passat rode a high-strength body structure, laser-welded for strength and comfort, and offered a plethora of trim grades, options packages and trim grades. For affordable access to luxury car features and ride quality, as well as a spacious cabin and generous trunk, Passat was a popular choice.
A great machine for making hours’ worth of scenery fly by during a lengthy drive.
Feature content included powered leather seating, automatic climate control, navigation, Bluetooth, automatic xenon lights, rain-sensing wipers, a sunroof, premium audio systems, wood-grain trim, push-button start and plenty more.
Engines / Trim: Available with a manual, automatic or lightning-fast DSG transmission to fit the needs of any driver, Passat also offers four or six-cylinder gas engines, and a torque-rich four-cylinder turbodiesel (TDI) powerplant for slashed fuel bills. From 2015, the TDI engine generated additional power and further reduced fuel consumption. A 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder replaced the aging 2.5L five-cylinder part way through this generation of Passat’s life as well. All units were front-wheel drive.
Trim grade nomenclature sees Trendline models opening the model range, with Comfortline, and Highline models moving up the line. Technology and Sport packages could be added to the mix for further fine-tuning, as well as the R-Line package for even further handling and cosmetic upgrades.
What Owners Like: Favourite features and attributes included the optional Fender audio system, the clean, tidy and un-cluttered layout of the Passat’s dash, upscale looks that aren’t shouty, a massive trunk, plenty of rear-seat leg space, and plenty of at-hand storage. Driving feel is said to be planted and stable, brakes are strong, and fuel mileage all around is respectable, especially with the TDI engine. Many drivers love the availability of a manual transmission on select models, and others are thrilled by the shift speed and response of the DSG transmission. Here’s a great machine for making hours’ worth of scenery fly by during a lengthy drive.
What Owners Dislike: Common complaints include the performance of the standard halogen lighting system, dated navigation and infotainment interfaces, and a sometimes-lengthy delay between engaging reverse gear, and the engagement of the back-up camera.
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The Test Drive: Start a test-drive of the Passat with a full check of all interior electronics – including the power / heated seats, navigation system and all lights. Bluetooth pairing functionality, proper operation of all windows and the sunroof should also be confirmed.
Note that any sputtering or lumpiness in acceleration could be caused by a bad engine sensor, or ignition coil packs (gas engine only), and that any check engine lights should be investigated by a trained VW mechanic. Many of Passat’s reported drivability problems are electronic, not mechanical, in nature. In serious cases, like this one, owners have reported having a bad Engine Control Unit (ECU) replaced, typically under warranty. The illumination of a wrench icon in the driver computer is a warning sign. Another may be non-functionality of the cruise control system, so be sure that this engages and responds as expected, too.
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Volkswagen Passat Expert Review
Designed to the German ideal of what an American midsize sedan should be, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is all-new this year. The Passat is bigger, blander, and cheaper, but also much more well-rounded than its predecessor. The new 2012 Passat offers a competitive car for families looking for a new hauler.
The 2012 Passat comes with seven trim levels and three engine options to suit most everyone's needs. The Passat S, SE, and SEL get Volkswagen's 2.5-liter I-5 producing 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Passat V6 SE and V6 SEL get a 280-hp 3.6-liter V-6 with 258 lb-ft of torque under the hood. Rather than offer a hybrid model like many of its competitors, VW chose to offer a diesel Passat for some green cred. The Passat TDI SE and TDI SEL come with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 under the hood that produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The 2012 Passat is also larger than its predecessor. VW designed the new Passat's cabin to comfortably fit five adults on a long-haul. A smart move on VW's behalf, especially considering that the manual transmission Passat TDI is theoretically capable of driving nearly 800 miles without a single stop for fuel.
Body style: Sedan
Engines: 2.5L I-5, 2.0L turbodiesel I-4, 3.6L V-6
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, 6-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Passat S, Volkswagen Passat SE, Volkswagen Passat SEL, Volkswagen Passat TDI SE, Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL, Volkswagen Passat V6 SE, Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL
Everything. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is the first year of VW's latest Passat. In its redesign, the Passat grew bigger in just about every dimension to appeal more to Americans looking to purchase a midsize family sedan. Aside from growing larger to swallow more passengers and their luggage, the Passat also gets three engine options for 2012: the base 2.5-liter 170-hp I-5, a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter 140-hp turbodiesel I-4, and surprisingly quick 280-hp 3.6-liter V-6.
With the goal of selling 100,000 Passats a year, Volkswagen went the inoffensive route with the Passat's design. While the new Passat may have grown since its last iteration, it doesn't look overweight. In our First Drive of the new Passat we wrote, "There certainly are more striking designs in the midsize category, but again, how will they age? The Passat wears VW's now-familiar corporate face, which looks classy and conservative. It carries its considerable size well and the sculpted flanks and subtle detailing look better in person."
Even with the price cut compared to the old model, the Passat's interior still remains inoffensive and competitively equipped, with a design sharing similarities with the Touareg crossover. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat's interior was designed to be able to carry five adults and their luggage comfortably. Front seat passengers can expect 38.3 inches of headroom, 56.9 inches of shoulder room, and 42.4 inches of legroom. Rear seat passengers get 37.8 inches of headroom, 57.0 inches of shoulder room, and 39.1 inches to stretch their legs. The Passat's trunk can hold 15.9 cubic feet of cargo.
In our testing we found the Passat's 2.5-liter I-5 merely adequate to get from A-to-B. The Passat SE we tested took a leisurely 9.0 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph, which feels like forever in the real world. The Passat V-6 was easily the fastest of the bunch, providing a willing engine that helped it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a quick 5.7 seconds. While we appreciated the Passat TDI's fuel economy, we didn't love the diesel mill as much as we do in other Volkswagens, principally because of the extra weight it has to lug around in the Passat. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel mill proved enough to get the Passat from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds. While no barnburner, combined with its stellar (30 mpg city/40 mpg highway with the dual-clutch auto) fuel economy, it probably makes the Passat TDI the best buy of the bunch.
All Passats come standard with front, and front side mounted airbags, and side air curtain airbags both front and rear. The 2012 Passat also comes standard with ABS, electronic brake pressure distribution, hydraulic brake assist as well as traction control and electronic stability control. The Passat also features Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System, which will unlock the doors, turn off the fuel pump, and activate the Passat's hazard lights in the event the vehicle's airbags are deployed.
Passat S: 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway (manual); 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway (automatic)
Passat SE: 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway (manual); 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway (automatic)
Passat SEL: 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway
Passat TDI SE: 31 mpg city/43 mpg highway (manual); 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway (dual-clutch auto)
Passat TDI SEL: 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway
Passat V6 SE: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Passat V6 SEL: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
- TDI fuel economy and near-800 mile range
- V6 model surprisingly quick
- Lethargic I-5
- Turbodiesel runs out of breath
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