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Volkswagen Passat

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3.0 (Good)

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Generations

Sometimes less is more in the competitive mid-size sedan segment. Such is the case with the 2019 Volkswagen Passat. Formally offered in six, highly-complex trim levels, the latest Passat arrives at Volkswagen dealerships in two, simplified trims. Powered by a peppy 2.0-liter TSI engine and packed with advanced driver-assist technology features, the 2019 VW Passat continues to be an affordable and dependable option.

2012 - 2019 Volkswagen Passat

3/4 Front Glamour 2019 Volkswagen Passat

Major changes included:

The Passat is offered as a front-wheel drive four-door sedan with three engine choices; a 170-hp, 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder, a 140-hp, 2.0-liter TDI diesel four-cylinder, and a 280-hp 3.6-liter VR6. Numerous transmissions are available, a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic with the 2.5L, a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG with the TDI, and a six-speed... Read more »

2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

2006 - 2010 Volkswagen Passat

3/4 Front Glamour 2010 Volkswagen Passat

Major changes included:

The base Passat is powered by a new 2.0-liter 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and offered with two levels of trim. The Value Edition comes with a choice of six-speed manual transmission or six-speed Tiptronic automatic. The 2.0T adds things like interior ambient lighting, illuminated footwells, chrome exterior trim for the window surrounds, body moldings, 16-inch Catalunya... Read more »

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

1998 - 2005 Volkswagen Passat

3/4 Front Glamour 2005 Volkswagen Passat

Major changes included:

Some people are fanatical about Volkswagens. They cherish their ancient Beetles while awaiting a People's Car revival later this year, buy Golfs and Jettas when they need new cars, bemoan the loss of the practical, roomy vans that were once a company mainstay. Vocal as they can be, however, VW enthusiasts are not a numerous... Read more »

1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005

1992 - 1997 Volkswagen Passat

null 1997 Volkswagen Passat

Major changes included:

This generation Passat was available as a sedan only and had VW's signature boxy styling of the era. Roomy, well equipped and fun to drive, the Passat began to catch on with buyers in the mid-90s.

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