Volkswagen Passat Models and Passat History

An all-new Passat was unveiled in 1998, featuring a sleeker body on the popular Audi platform. No changes were in store for 1999, but the 2000 model year got an updated radio and a brake-wear indicator. Halfway through 2000, the half-year model was dropped, offering new exterior and interior styling. 2001 marked the year of the high-performance Passat, offering an available V8 engine with 270 horses under the hood and an array of upscale features. Volkswagen also officially bumped their warranty up to four-years/50,000-miles. For 2002, stability control was made standard and the stereo system now had backlit buttons while shuffling of trims also took place.

 

A 2.0-liter diesel engine was offered as an option for 2004, alongside newly redesigned alloy wheels and updated side mirrors. The only big change for 2005 was the discontinuation of the W8 model. An all-new Passat was rolled out for 2006, offering a new body style and a long list of standard features and options. A new wagon version debuted for 2007, the cruise control system was updated and an auxiliary jack was added to the stereo. Model years 2008 and 2009 yielded no major changes. But in 2010, a multimedia enhanced steering wheel was offered and Bluetooth integration was made standard. The Passat would see no major changes for 2011, with an all-new model being rolled out in 2012. Model years 2013-2014 would only see minor tweaks to options and trim levels.

New and Used Passat Prices, Volkswagen Passat Model Years and History

The Passat brings an equal mix of technology and luxury to a German-designed mid-sized sedan.
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.8
Interior Comfort
 4.8
Acceleration
 2.8
Dependability
 4.8
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 3.0

Volkswagen’s award-winning Passat brings reliability and trademark German engineering to the mid-sized sedan market.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
Not Available
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.7
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.7
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

Volkswagen’s best-selling Passat offers comfort, convenience and a long list of addable options and upgrades.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
Not Available
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 5.0

Reliable German engineering meets a provocative bodystyle and a salaciously attractive and surprisingly roomy interior that make the Volkswagen Passat an all-around classy family sedan.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.3
Fuel Economy
 4.7
Interior Comfort
 4.3
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.3
Overall Rating
 4.3

A large family sedan with seating for five, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat is a well refined vehicle loaded with technology.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 4.8
Fuel Economy
 4.8
Interior Comfort
 4.8
Acceleration
 4.3
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 4.7
Ride Quality
 4.8
Overall Rating
 4.2

Now available with rear console air vents, the 2013 Volkswagen Passat is a large family sedan available in three different trim levels, including a diesel variant.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 10 )
Braking
 4.9
Fuel Economy
 4.9
Interior Comfort
 4.8
Acceleration
 4.8
Dependability
 4.8
Handling
 4.9
Ride Quality
 4.6
Overall Rating
 5.0

Sporting a fresh redesign for 2012, the Volkswagen Passat is a large family sedan available in a diesel trim that can achieve up to 43 mpg.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 10 )
Braking
 4.6
Fuel Economy
 4.5
Interior Comfort
 4.7
Acceleration
 4.4
Dependability
 4.6
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 4.7

A five-passenger mid-size car, the 2003 Volkswagen Passat is available as a sedan or if you need more cargo room, a wagon.
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

Featuring more standard features and interior volume than the Jetta, the 2002 Volkswagen Passat is a mid-size, five-passenger car available as a wagon or a sedan.
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 2.5
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 2.5

The 2001 Volkswagen Passat is a mid-size five-passenger car available in a sedan or wagon body-style and it is set for a mid-year redesign which arrives in the form of the New Passat.
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A mid-size car, the five-passenger 2000 Volkswagen Passat is available as either a sedan or a wagon, which boasts more rear cargo volume.
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All-new, the 1999 Volkswagen New Passat offers more interior space than the New Jetta and is available as a sedan or a wagon.
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 4.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0