In its fourth generation, the Volkswagen Passat has seen a lot of highs and lows in its journey as a mid-size Sedan. The Passat has been carrying forward the retro look with a bit of a minimalistic design approach. The 2022 Volkswagen Passat is likely to get a design refresh and facelift. Recently, Volkswagen confirmed that they will replace the Passat with a similar-sized Volkswagen Arteon in the coming years. Coming to the 2022 Passat, the Sedan boasts modern LED lighting elements along with gentle character lines. The Passat is spacious from the inside with genuine leather and cloth. The 2022 Passat’s pricing will be more or less close to the current model’s price range. That price ranges from $24,990 to $30,990 and that’s competitive among the rivals. 

The Passat has been one of the most popular Volkswagen sedans around the globe due to its placement in the Volkswagen lineup of sedans and the stuff it offers. The Passat falls right between the Jetta (an affordable midsize sedan) and the Arteon (a premium midsize sedan). So what it offers is the best of both worlds. It provides many of the creature comforts and driving experience of what a premium sedan delivers at a fairly affordable price.

The 2022 Volkswagen Passat is expected to be available in a face-lifted avatar and might come with an optional hybrid powertrain as well. It is expected to be priced at a couple of thousand dollars extra from what the 2021 Passat costs and might be available at the dealers by the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022.

What’s new?

  • Updated exterior and interior design 
  • Latest and updated infotainment features
  • Optional hybrid variant

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2022 Volkswagen Passat?

The Passat is expected to be priced at $26,000 for the base variant. It is expected to reach dealers across the United States by the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022.

2022 Volkswagen Passat Trims and Features

The 2022 Volkswagen Passat is likely to be offered in three trims, the base S trim, SE, and the sporty R-line. As the trim details for the 2022 Passat are yet to surface, we are speculating the details. The ongoing model's base S trim costs $23,995. It adds heated side mirrors with memory function, 6-way manually adjustable front seats with cloth upholstery, a multifunction steering wheel, and cruise control. A few standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring, reversing camera, and a rear traffic alert.

The mid-trim SE comes at a premium of $3000 and adds dual-zone automatic climate control and a remote start feature. The trim gets additional features like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Trims

S

SE

R-Line

MSRP (FWD)

$23,995

$26,995

$29,995

Key Features

LED Headlights with DRLs

Adding to S:

Adding to SE:

 

Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking

Adaptive cruise control

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Intelligent Crash Response System

Dual-Zone climate control

Power tilting/sliding sunroof

 

Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel

Remote start

R-Line front bumper and badging

 

6-Speaker Surround sound system

2 USB-A ports in the rear center console

6.3-inch touchscreen with Navigation

Priced at $29,995, the top-line R-line gets advanced and upmarket technology features. This trim gets you additional features such as the Discover Media unit and Fender Premium Audio system along with the Adaptive Front Lighting System and Light Assist.

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The Passat SE is the most value-for-money model. It includes significant features like LED lighting, 17-inch wheels, sunroof, leather upholstery, keyless entry, remote start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. 

What to expect under the hood of the 2022 Volkswagen Passat?

The 2022 Passat is most likely expected to carry over the same powertrain unit from the 2021 version. The engine is a 2.0 Liter turbocharged inline-4 unit that produces 174 hp and 206 lb-ft. of torque. The powertrain is a really capable one and reliable as well. Despite being among the least powerful engines in the class, the Passat makes sure to hold its own in terms of performance, ensuring impressive 0-60 times thanks to its class-leading acceleration.

The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic unit which makes sure the shifts are smooth and crisp. There might be a possibility that the Passat may get an 8-speed automatic transmission, but it hasn’t been verified. The Passat will be available only as an FWD throughout the available trim levels. The 2022 Passat is also rumored to have an optional hybrid powertrain unit although it is yet to be confirmed.

Models

2022 Volkswagen Passat (Expected)

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Honda Accord

Base MSRP

$26,000

$26,040

$23,265

$26,000

Engine

2.0L, turbocharged, inline-4

2.5L, naturally aspirated, inline-4

1.5L L, turbocharged, inline-4

1.5L, turbocharged, inline-4

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

CVT

CVT

Horsepower

174 hp @ 5200 rpm

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

160 hp @ 5700 rpm

192 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

206 lb-ft. @ 1700 rpm

184 lb-ft. @ 5000 rpm

184 lb-ft. @ 2500 rpm

192 lb-ft. @ 1600 rpm

0-60 (Sec)

5.7 sec

5.8 sec

8.5 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile (Sec)

14.3 sec

14.3 sec

16.0 sec

15.9 sec

The Passat’s gearbox is smooth and crisp on the run but may stutter during a stop-go. It showcases some really good performance when it comes to the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timings and the performance might improve as well with the new hybrid tech.

How does the 2022 Volkswagen Passat handle?

When it comes to handling, there is no doubt that the best handling car in the segment is the Passat. Volkswagen has always been very adamant about delivering the best driving dynamics and the Passat is a perfect example of the notion.

It stays stable around the corners, provides confidence and stability on the highway, and the understeer won’t be felt while carving through sharp corners. The chassis and bodywork are well balanced, allowing the Passat to perform better than the rest of the contenders in the segment.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2022 Volkswagen Passat deliver?

The Passat might deliver decent mpg figures, but they are just not good enough once you compare it to the rivals. Although, there isn’t much difference in the mpg figures and you might just believe that’s the price you pay for better performance and let it go. The 2022 Passat will deliver a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg.

But with the inclusion of a hybrid option, one can definitely expect an excellent mpg figure in the upcoming Passat.

Models

2022 Volkswagen Passat (Expected)

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Honda Accord

MPG (city)

24

28

29

30

MPG (highway)

36

39

36

38

MPG (combined)

28

32

32

33

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

18.5

15.8

15.8

14.8

Range (city/highway) (miles)

444 / 666

442.4 / 616.2

458.2 / 568.8

444 / 562.4

*2021 Data used for reference 

The Passat might have lesser fuel economy than most of its rivals, but with the largest tank capacity, it certainly offers the best in class range and with the new hybrid powertrain incoming, it will go on to provide the best fuel range in the class that too by a huge margin.

What to expect from the 2022 Volkswagen Passat’s interior?

The 2022 Passat might have a face-lifted interior with the latest and best of creature comforts. What’s notable about the Passat’s interior is definitely the fit and finish of the features and controls with only the best materials and manufacturing practices in use.

The interior is no less than what you would find in a premium sedan and it has a decent amount of space to accommodate 5 occupants inside and that too in a very comfortable and promising manner. The Passat’s interior might also become a bit wider to offer more shoulder space than what it does already.

Models

2022 Volkswagen Passat (Expected)

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Honda Accord

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.3 / 56.9 / 42.4

38.3 / 57.7 / 42.1

39.1 / 58.5 / 41.5

39.5 / 58.3 / 42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.8 / 57.0 / 39.1

38.0 / 55.7 / 38.0

37.5 / 57.1 / 38.1

37.3 / 56.5 / 40.4

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

15.9

15.1

15.7

16.7

2021 Data used for reference 

The seats would be comfy and confidence inspiring as usual and there will be a good amount of storage space and convenience features inside the Passat’s cabin to make it more practical as well. The Passat has had a decent amount of space inside which was not too much, but not too less either. The trunk space also is pretty adequate for a car of its standard.

The interior features of the 2022 Volkswagen Passat include:

  • Power adjustable front seats.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control for the front seats.
  • Keyless entry and cargo access.
  • Leather upholstered steering wheel.

2022 Volkswagen Passat: Infotainment and Connectivity

The Passat will certainly carry the infotainment system currently present in the 2021 version, but in an updated form. With changes in the interior, there might be a new touchscreen infotainment screen incoming which will be more intuitive and larger.

The sound system will be available as a 6-speaker unit with an optional upgrade offering more speakers. The Passat will continue to get connectivity features like 4G internet access WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as well as Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

Some of the standout infotainment features in the 2022 Volkswagen Passat are:

  • Updated infotainment system
  • 6-speaker audio system 
  • 4G internet access WiFi hotspot
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Steering wheel controls for the infotainment system as well as cruise control

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2022 Volkswagen Passat?

The 2022 Passat is expected to have an updated exterior this year. The Passat will get a facelift with a design inspired by the 2021 Arteon, which means there will be a new grille, sleek side profile, and a classy rear end showcasing the true essence of the Volkswagen design ideology.

Along with the mildly updated front and rear fascia, the Passat might also get a couple of optional wheels with updated designs to go with the new avatar.

Models

2022 Volkswagen Passat (Expected)

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Honda Accord

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3314

3310

3126

3150

Length (in.)

193.6

192.1

194.2

196.1

Width (in.)

72.2

72.4

73

73.3

Height (in.)

58

56.9

57.9

57.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.4

5.7

N / A

N / A

Wheelbase (in.)

110.4

111.2

111.4

111.4

Track Width (in.) F/R

62.1 / 61

62.6 / 62.8

62.6 / 62.5

63 / 63.4

*2021 Data used for reference 

The 2022 Passat is most likely to have the same wheelbase as the previous one which helped it to get a better cornering ability and stability than the rest of the cars in the segment. It might also become wider in the rear to increase the track width and allow for more room inside the cabin.

What about the safety of the 2022 Volkswagen Passat?

The 2022 Volkswagen Passat has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA or IIHS. Notably, the 2019 VW Passat scored a five-star safety rating in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA. The new VW Passat would receive a host of active safety features.

Notable safety and driver-assistance features include: 

  • Front Assist w/Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Six airbags
  • Brake assist
  • Active Cruise Control
  • Pedestrian warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Reversing camera
  • Lane keep assist

Will the 2022 Volkswagen Passat be worth it?

The 2022 Volkswagen Passat is all set to be launched in its best version ever as we expect a lot of improvements in the already impressive Sedan. The Passat certainly offers the best driving dynamics and feel in the segment and with the introduction of an optional hybrid powertrain, one can expect better engine performance and fuel economy from the Passat.