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2019 Volkswagen Passat Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: November 4, 2019


The midsize sedan segment in the US market is one of the busiest and most competitive spaces in the US car industry. This segment is dominated mostly by the Japanese giants and a few other foreigners. Feeling left out, Volkswagen wants to bite into the segment and grab a slice of the same. To do that, VW will be betting on the 2019 Volkswagen Passat.

The Passat, being a Volkswagen, enjoys the reputation of being one of the best-built cars in the segment. It also offers truckloads of space for the passengers at the back. Powering the 2019 Passat is a 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbocharged Stratified Injection (TSI) Motor that delivers 174hp and 184lbs-ft of Torque.

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Pros

Best in class warranty

Powerful motor

Plush ride quality

Spacious interiors

Amazing build quality

Cavernous boot space

Cons

Small infotainment system display

Less engaging driving experience

What's New?

Only two variants on offer

Base Trim packs in more driver assistance features

New Terra Brown Metallic Paint Scheme added


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25295

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

174 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

184 lbs.-ft @ 1500 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

MQB

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.1/61

dimensions

wheelbase

110.4 in.

length

191.9 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

58.5 in.

curb weight

3285 lbs.

ground clearance

5.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

904 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/36 mpg

highway range

666 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

6 yr. / 72000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 72000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 72000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Volkswagen Passat in Deep Black Pearl color  2019 Volkswagen Passat in Fortana Red Metallic color  2019 Volkswagen Passat in Platinum Gray Metallic color  2019 Volkswagen Passat in Pure White color
Deep Black Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.8

Interior

8.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition

Wolfsburg Edition

power
174 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$25,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $25,295 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Volkswagen Passat SE R-Line

SE R-Line

power
174 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$29,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $29,995 MSRP (25/29/36) 174 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.1

Overall Rating


The Passat has always been one of the few cars in the segment whose design was never polarizing and was appreciated by all. It has a Teutonic elegance to its design with its sharp lines and solid tank-like build quality. The 2019 Passat comes in just two trims and a single 2.0L motor as an option and loses out on the GT Trim and the V6 that was present last year.

With the prices nudging the $25k mark for the base variant, the Passat takes on some well-established rivals in the segment such as Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu. Let's move ahead and find out how does the Passat holds up against them.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Front Three-quarter View
2019 Volkswagen Passat Front Three-quarter View
2019 Volkswagen Passat Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Volkswagen Passat Rear Three-quarter View

7.0/10
Features

 

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Volkswagen Passat Features

7.0/10

Starting at just $18,545 for the base S Variant, the 2019 Jetta is available in a total of 5 trims namely the S, SE, R-Line, SEL and the top of the line SEL Premium. The base variant comes with some great standard features like Powered Side Mirrors, Automatic LED Headlights with LED DRL's, LED Tail Lights and more.

Trims

Wolfsburg Edition

SE R-Line

Price(MSRP)

$25,295

$29,995

Features

Apple Car Play and Android Auto

Adds/Upgrades these from Wolfsburg Edition

 

6.3" Infotainment Touchscreen System with 1 USB and AUX Input

8" Infotainment Touchscreen System with Navigation and 2 USB ports

 

17" Alloy Wheels

19 inch Alloy Wheels

 

Keyless Entry

Hands Free Trunk Opening

 

Push Button Start

Fender Audio System

 

Leather Upholstery

Ambient Interior Lighting

 

Heated Front Seats

Powered Sunroof

 

Heated Side Mirrors

Dual Zone Climate Control

 

Power Adjust Driver's Seat

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

Active Blind Spot Monitoring

 

60/40 Split folding rear seats

Front and Rear parking Sensors

 

Automatic Headlamps

LED Headlamps and Tail Lamps

 

AM/FM/HD/Satellite Radio and Bluetooth Connectivity

Auto-Dimming Inside Rear View Mirrors

We Recommend

At $25,000, the Wolfsburg Edition offers the bang for your buck. Unless you really want a luxurious feel in the cabin and a fancy audio system, we’d prefer you stick with the Wolfsburg Edition.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Engine and Performance

7.8/10

"The 4-cylinder engine seems a bit overwhelmed by the Passat's large size. Still, it offers strong fuel economy and a fairly smooth transmission, so it's probably best to look past the average acceleration"  -Autotrader.com

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat comes in just 1 Engine option, which is the 2.0L Turbocharged 4 Cylinder Motor that belts out 174hp and 184lbs-ft. of Torque.

VW has decided to give the powerful V6 seen on the 2018 Passat, a miss in favor of better Fuel Efficiency Figures and lower emission figures.

The Turbocharged 4 Cylinder Motor is plenty responsive with its 174HP and the Turbocharged Engine yields decent results in terms of the Fuel Efficiency Figures as well.

The TSI motor is a proven Motor and delivers a Strong mid-range performance and grunt, once you get past the 1400rpm mark.

Models

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Toyota Camry SE sedan

Honda Accord Sport sedan

Chevrolet Malibu LT sedan

MSRP

$26,190

$26,470

$27,075

$27,340

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded

2.5L i4 Regular Unleaded

1.5L i4 Turbo

1.5L i4 Turbocharged Gas

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously variable automatic

Horsepower

174 hp @ 5000 rpm

203 hp@ 6600 rpm

192 hp@ 5500 rpm

160 hp@ 5700 rpm

Torque

184 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

184 ft-lbs@ 5000rpm

192 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

184 ft-lbs@ 2500rpm

The 6 Speed Automatic Transmission has got to be one of the best in class. The Transmission offers smooth shifts through the gears and shifts gears precisely as and when needed. The Gears shift up and down without much fuss when moving through traffic or exiting the Major Slip Road and joining the Motorway.

Acceleration

Given the Turbocharged Motor inside the 2019 Volkswagen Passat, the Turbocharged Motor is expected to perform well in providing decent acceleration from the Engine.

The 2.0L Turbo doesn't disappoint in this aspect and provides small bursts of acceleration after the motor does away past the turbo lag mode.

Models

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Toyota Camry SE sedan

Honda Accord Sport sedan

Chevrolet Malibu LT sedan

0-60 MPH

5.7 sec

N/A

6.1 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

14.7 sec

16.5 sec

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded

2.5L i4 Regular Unleaded

1.5L i4 Turbo

1.5L i4 Turbocharged Gas

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.1

5.5

N/A

5.5

In terms of outright comparison, the Passat clearly beats the rest of the competition with ease with the sporty Honda Accord coming in second. The Big and Hefty Malibu has to bear the heft of this weight and is the slowest of the lot.

Ride and Handling

Volkswagen promotes the Passat as one of the most comfortable sedans in the segment and hence, the ride is more comfortable than sporty. The Suspension has been sprung towards the softer side and hence the ride is extremely smooth over most road conditions.

In terms of handling though, the Volkswagen engineers have ensured that the Soft ride doesn't hamper the handling of the Sedan. The Chassis is well balanced and offers very little body roll on the corners and while doing high speeds.

Braking

The Brakes of the 2019 VW Passat have been improved over the 2018 model. With big and chunky 12.3" rotors on the front and 10.7" on the rear, the Passat offers good braking power and good bite. The Brakes are not soggy or soft and offer good feedback while braking hard.

Model

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Toyota Camry SE sedan

Honda Accord Sport sedan

Chevrolet Malibu LT sedan

Brake Front (in.)

12.3

12

12.3

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

10.7

11.1

11.1

11.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3285

3241

3208

3159

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

109

109

The Passat also comes with Automatic Emergency Braking as Standard and this adds to the overall braking performance, for when the driver is slow to react or isn't concentrating hard.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Fuel Economy

In terms of the Fuel Economy, the 2019 Passat delivers a very solid 36MPG in the mileage. The 2.0L Turbocharged motor may not be the most fuel efficient in its class but the mileage figures are pretty respectable, considering the class the Passat sits in.

Model

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Toyota Camry SE sedan

Honda Accord Sport sedan

Chevrolet Malibu LT sedan

MPG (city)

25

29

29

29

MPG (highway)

36

41

35

36

MPG (combined)

29

34

31

32

Range (city/highway)

463/666

421/595

429/518

458/569

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

14.5

14.8

15.8

The Passat, despite with its average overall Fuel Economy of 29MPG manages to beat the competition in terms of the overall range because of its massive 18.5 gallon fuel tank.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Interior

8.0/10

The 2019 VW Passat is just the ticket for long-legged families- TheCarconnection.com

Seating and Comfort

If you are looking for the best Car to be driven around, the 2019 Passat is the car to beat. The Passat is one of the Few Cars in the segment that offers more space in the rear than the front.

4 People can seat with supreme comfort inside the Passat while taking 5 aboard the same, won't be much of a tussle.

Model

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Toyota Camry SE sedan

Honda Accord Sport sedan

Chevrolet Malibu LT sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.3/56.9/42.4

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.5/58.3/42.3

39.1/58.5/41.5

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

37.8/57.0/39.1

38.0/55.7/38.0

37.3/56.5/40.4

37.5/57.1/38.1

Throughout the 2019 Passat range, you will be greeted by Synthetic Leather Upholstery Interiors with seats that are supportive and pack a wide range of adjustment options with them.

The Seats have been well contoured and the large legroom makes for a superb drive, down the Pacific Coast Highway or Route 66.

Cargo Capacity

Volkswagen has not done any kind of cost cutting when it came to providing good Cargo Capacity to the 2019 Passat. The Passat packs in 15.9 cubic feet of Storage Volume capacity, which makes it one of the biggest Cargo Carriers in the segment.

Model

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Toyota Camry SE sedan

Honda Accord Sport sedan

Chevrolet Malibu LT sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

15.9

14.1

16.7

15.8

In terms of Storage Space though, the Honda Accord with its cleverly built Cabin and Exterior Design gives it the best Cargo Capacity in the segment. The VW Passat comes in Second while the Malibu from Chevrolet comes in a close 3rd.

Infotainment System

VW has updated the Infotainment System of the 2019 Passat. The Car comes with a big 6.3" Touchscreen infotainment system that supports both Android Auto and Apple Car Play as Standard.

Other Noteworthy features include

  • Bluetooth Telephony
  • Rear View Monitor
  • 8" Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation
  • CD Player with SD Card Support
  • USB and AUX connectivity
  • Fender Audio System
  • Color Multifunction Display

Interior features

In terms of the Features offered inside the 2019 Passat, VW hasn't skipped on much. The Interiors are well built and strongly put together and also house some good features.

Some of the Interior Features include

  • Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Park Distance Control
  • Push Button Start
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Controls and Paddle Shifters
  • 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seats
  • 8 Way Power Adjust Driver's Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Auto Dimming Rear View Mirrors
  • Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Forward Collision Warning

2019 Volkswagen Passat Exterior

"The 2019 VW Passat is the J. Crew of cars. It's crisp, well-tailored, and will blend into any crowd" -TheCarconnection.com

Design

The Current Crop of Volkswagens have an understated design language and the same follows for the 2019 Passat.

The Design is Crisp and Elegant and gives the Notion of a Solidly Built and Well Put together Sedan. The Big Alloy Wheels adds to the presence of the Passat while the Body Kit on the Rear adds a hint of sportiness to the design.

The Overall Stance resembles of a Coupe and the floating roof line adds to the same feeling.

In the front, you will be greeted by a big grill housing the big VW logo and sharp creases running across the bonnet that adds to the aerodynamics and enhances visibility for the driver.

The Rear of the 2019 Passat is similar to the 2018 version with LED Tail Lights and subtle amount of Chrome and houses the Big VW logo.

Dimensions and Weights

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat has dimension that resembles the other quintessential sedans of the segment. The Height and Weight of the 2019 Passat is similar to what the other rivals have but it's in the overall Height that the VW has its nose ahead.

Model

Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition sedan

Toyota Camry SE sedan

Honda Accord Sport sedan

Chevrolet Malibu LT sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3285

3241

3208

3159

Length(in)

191.9

192.1

192.2

194.2

Width(in)

72.2

72.4

73.3

73.0

Height(in)

58.5

56.9

57.1

57.9

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

63/63.2

62.6/63.1

62.6/62.5

The 58.5" of Headroom adds to the spaciousness of the Cabin inside and makes it easier for taller passengers to feel less claustrophobic than sitting in the other cars.

Exterior Features

Despite having an Understated Exterior Design, the Exteriors of the 2019 Passat has some unique design elements and features. You get the Big VW logo in the front grill and at the Rear while there is generous usage of Chrome on the front grill. Some other exterior features in the Passat includes

  • LED Headlights
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • LED Tail Lights
  • Powered and Heated Side Mirrors
  • Rain Sensing Windshield wipers
  • Remote Start
  • Hands-Free Trunk
  • Keyless Access
  • 19" Alloy Wheels
  • Powered Sunroof

2019 Volkswagen Passat Safety

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat comes with a whole host of Safety Features and has passed the tests conducted by the IIHS and NHTSA with flying colors. The Best part about the 2019 Passat is that unlike its rivals, Volkswagen is bundling a lot of Safety Equipment and Tech as standard in the Sedan without the need of paying optional extras.

Some of the Safety Features in the 2019 VW Passat include

  • ABS with EBD and Hydraulic Brake Assist
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Front and Side Curtain Airbags
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

IIHS Ratings

The IIHS in its Test Results has given the 2019 Volkswagen Passat, a Top Safety Pick Score with maximum scores of Good in all categories other than the Small Front Passenger Side, Front Crash Prevention and Front Headlamps section.

NHTSA Ratings

Like the IIHS, the NHTSA has bestowed the 2019 Passat a perfect 5 Star Rating with the Volkswagen acing all tests except a few, where it scored 4 Stars.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Competition

2019 Volkswagen Passat vs. Honda Accord Sedan

The Honda Accord has been a popular choice among buyers because of its spacious cabin, powerful engine, good looks, and Honda Reliability. The Honda Accord also has good resale value and has one of the lowest depreciation rates in the segment. The Volkswagen Passat, however, has one of the best-built Interiors and exteriors, which will last longer than most people ever will. The Passat also cocoons the Passengers sitting in the rear with its generous Seating Space and comfort.

2019 Volkswagen Passat vs. Toyota Camry Sedan

The Toyota Camry has also been among the popular choices of the People, looking for cars in this category. The Camry with its superb fuel economy, powerful engine and Hybrid Powertrain option has helped it gain prominence over the years. The Volkswagen Passat, however, offers a more understated elegance in the Design and manages to beat the Corolla in terms of the overall driving range and Safety Features as standard. The VW is also ahead of the Camry in terms of the build quality and feels like it has been made to last.

2019 Volkswagen Passat vs. Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

The Chevrolet Malibu has been the weapon of choice for people, who wanted a feature rich car that offers all the bells and whistles without compromising on the Mileage figures. Come 2019 however, Chevrolet has indicated that it will be axing down the Malibu for reasons unknown. The VW Passat, on the other hand, has a much better Safety System and offers a lot of equipment and build quality that GM engineers will take years to achieve.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Final Verdict

The 2019 Passat is the last Car of the Current Generation Passats as VW is expected to bring a New Generation of the same in 2019. Volkswagen has done its best to ensure that the 2019 Passat bows out with its Head High. The Passat matches Teutonic Styling and Build Quality with unmatched Cabin Space and Comfort and makes for one of the best chauffeur driven cars in the segment. At just $25,000 as well, the Passat offers one of the most feature loaded cabins and is definitely a Best Buy Sedan in the Segment.