2017 Volkswagen Passat

 
2017 Volkswagen Passat
 
2017 Volkswagen Passat
 

2017 Volkswagen Passat

MSRP 
$30,115
Invoice 
$28,913
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 28 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.6 L Premium Unleaded V-6, 280 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Passat is a midsized sedan, fully competitive in price and features with other high-value mid-size models such as the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. The Passat remains one of the few mid-size sedans to offer the option of a manual transmission.

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What's New For 2017

After a fairly extensive refresh last year, the Passat returns in 2017 mostly unchanged. The biggest difference for this year is a minor reshuffling of various trim packages, with buyers generally getting more convenience options at lower trim levels than were available last year.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating:

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2017 Volkswagen Passat

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot Sensor
    • Front Assist w/Autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision and Rear Cross Traffic Alert Rear Collision
    • Vw Car-Net Emergency S.O.S
    • Park Pilot Front And Rear Parking Sensors
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, DVD-Audio and 20 Gb Internal Memory
    • Radio: Discover Media AM/FM/CD/HD w/Navigation -inc: 6.3" touchscreen, USB, 8-speaker sound system, VW Car-Net Security and Service (Connected car service - limited subscription), VW Car-Net App-Connect smartphone integration and interface, VW Car-Net Guide and Inform enhanced navigation and infotainment, Bluetooth connectivity and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription)
  • Exterior Features
    • Cornering Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Tires: P235/45R18 AS
    • Wheels: 18" Chattanooga Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: power adjustable driver seat w/power lumbar support and manually adjustable front passenger seat w/manual lumbar support
    • 8-Way Driver Seat
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Heated Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Vw Car-Net Selective Service Internet Access
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Proximity Cargo Access
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control
    • Distance Pacing
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Wood Door Panel Insert, Simulated Wood Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Smart Device Integration
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Remote Engine Start
    • Tracker System
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
    • Immobilizer III Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.6L VR6 280 HP 24V Narrow-Angle V6 -inc: FSI direct fuel injection
    • Transmission: 6-Speed DSG Automatic w/Tiptronic
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Oil Cooler
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 4.77 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 140 Amp Alternator
    • 72-Amp/Hr 380CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 4652# Gvwr 1052# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 18.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 15.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 380
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.6 L/220
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 280 @ 6200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 258 @ 2500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 110.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 191.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 58.5
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.1
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 102
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.3
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.4
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.8
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 28
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Volkswagen Passat
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P235/45HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/45HR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.92
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.79
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.19
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.83
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.86
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.69
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.26
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.77
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.6
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3571
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Introduction

Despite the fact that the Volkswagen Passat is the best-selling VW in history, greater even than the Beetle, it still ranks third in midsize competition, behind the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. After a light refresh for 2016, it hasn’t changed in 2017. It’s assembled in the United States.

It’s a conservative and straightforward car, while still being a fine and handsome one. It’s big for a midsize car, nearly 192 inches long with a 110-inch wheelbase. That enables 117.9 cubic feet of interior space, a bit less than Subaru Legacy’s 119.6 cubic feet.

The Passat does very little wrong. It’s powered by a fairly peppy turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to a smooth 6-speed automatic, with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive isn’t available, nor is a diesel, because of the whole emissions cheating scandal.

The more powerful engine is a V6 making 280 hp and 258 lb-ft, mated to a 6-speed twin-clutch direct-shift gearbox, or DSG.

The 1.8-liter engine gets 23/34/27 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined, EPA-rated. That’s fairly efficient for a four-cylinder turbo, but far behind hybrids from Chevy and Toyota. And still behind non-hybrids like the Hyundai Sonata (31 Combined), Chevrolet Malibu (30 Combined), and all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy (29 Combined).

The V6 gets 20/28/23 mpg, which is closer to V6 competitors.

Premium fuel is recommended, but Regular works. You just get a bit less power and fuel mileage. Those EPA numbers always come from Premium fuel when recommended by the manufacturer.

The NHTSA gives the Passat five stars overall in safety, with four stars in front and rollover crash protection. The IIHS gives the Passat its top Good scores in all of its tests, including the small-overlap front crash test. When equipped with optional active safety features such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors, the Passat is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. A Poor rating for headlamps keep it from Top Safety Pick +.

A rearview camera system is standard, as is a post-collision braking system that helps lessen the severity of secondary collisions.

Lineup

The 2017 Passat 1.8-liter comes in S ($22,440), SE ($25,495), and SEL ($30,995) models. Also available is the V6 and DSG in SE ($29,295) and SEL ($33,995). There’s also a sporty Passat R-Line ($23,975).

Unlike many base models, the S is well equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, VW’s newest infotainment with a 5.0-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, six-speakers sound system, fabric upholstery, split-folding rear seat. Options include LED headlamps, taillights, fog lamps, and running lamps.

The SE adds rear climate control vents, keyless ignition, leather trim, heated washer nozzles and side mirrors, additional leather and leatherette trim, leatherette upholstery, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, voice control, and an upgraded MIB II infotainment system with 6.3-inch screen VW Car-Net App-Connect.

SEL adds 18-inch alloy wheels, stainless steel pedals, Fender premium audio, power front seats with memory settings, sport seats, and a rear armrest with a pass-through to the trunk.

Upper trim levels of the Passat can include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and a new parking assistant.

Walkaround

Last year the Passat got some rough edges smoothed out, including a new grille that’s finely drawn, and domed hood. It’s not all swoopy and edgy or wedgy like other midsize cars are trying to be. It’s not boxy, although the roof is more upright. The surfaces are clean and the lines spare. It’s consistent with the new Golf family.

Interior

We like the instrument panel because it’s so simple and clean. Informative and functional, period. Intuitive. Easy to operate. Buttons, switches, and big readable gauges, right where they should be. Wood or metal trims the broad dash.

Big cupholders hide under a flip-up lid next to the handbrake, and a bin ahead of the shift lever is sized to items like hold cell phones and key fobs.

The infotainment system is the latest, called MIB II, with touch controls and proximity sensing. It features telematics, connected via VW Car-Net, and integrated apps for smartphones, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

The front seats aren’t as plush as those in other more upscale VWs, but they offer excellent adjustability, good thigh bolstering and plenty of rearward travel. There’s god legroom in the rear, and even better headroom and ease of entry, thanks to the upright roof. In fact, there’s more space than many full-size sedans.

In the SE model, the seats are faux leather; it’s supple and smooth vinyl. The SEL gets leather and grippy faux suede inserts.

The trunk is spacious, nearly the largest in the class at 15.9 cubic feet. That beats the Accord by 1 cubic foot, but is still half a cubic foot smaller than the Hyundai Sonata. When you compare it to full size cars, it’s almost 3 cubic feet smaller than the Chevy Impala. You can open it by waving your foot under the bumper.

The rear seat drops from the trunk, using levers on the back of the seat. All cars should be so smart.

Visibility is excellent. With lots of glass, folding rear headrests, and slim roof pillars, there’s a broad and open view of the world around the car. A good plus for safety.

Driving Impressions

With the 170-hp four-cylinder turbo, power comes on early and stays there for most of the rev range. The engine feels quicker than it is, about 8.0 seconds to get from zero to sixty, and it isn’t ever taxed during daily driving. The 6-speed automatic shifts smoothly.

Even with 110 more horsepower on paper, and a strong 258 pound-feet of torque, the V6 (called VR6) doesn’t always feel that much faster than the turbo four. It’s strong and confident, but its acceleration of 6.5 seconds from zero to sixty might not be worth the lower fuel mileage by four miles per gallon, plus the need for Premium fuel.

The V6 is mated to a dual-clutch 6-speed automatic manual transmission, with different gearing than the regular 6-speed automatic in the four cylinder.

The Passat is extremely pleasant to drive, with steering that’s light, accurate and nicely weighted, some of the best steering in the midsize class. The suspension is relatively taut for good control, yet the ride is comfortable.

It’s generally very quiet inside.

Summary

The Passat is a strong value, especially with the base four-cylinder engine. Great powertrains, super clean and functional instrumentation. The only thing it might lack is excitement, but it doesn’t lack class. and for sure it doesn’t lack excellent engineering. And if you get excited by everything working, you’ll be happy.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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