2017 Volkswagen Passat

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2017 MODEL
$22,440 - $33,995 See Inventory Prices

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The Passat sedan is among the affordable sedans available in the USA and belongs to the midsize car segment. It was launched back in 2011 in the USA with an aim to cater the needs of average size families. In contrast with the outgoing model, the 2017 version of Passat Sedan offers forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking as standard features.

Looking at the power section of the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan, it comprises of either a 1.8 L V4 engine or a more powerful 3.6 L V6 engine. Irrespective of the engine variant, a 6-speed automated manual transmission is utilized for effortless gear shifting.


7.0/10
Features

 

7.4/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

7.9/10
Exterior

 

7.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

In the USA, there are numerous midsize sedans that are potential rivals of the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan. However, the three closest rivals of the 2017 Passat are namely Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and Chevrolet Malibu.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Features

7.0/10

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat's lineup consists of 5 distinct trim levels viz. S, SE, SEL, SE 3.6L V6 and SEL 3.6L V6. The Passat S is the base trim, whereas the Passat SEL 3.6L V6 is the top-end trim and is the most expensive. One important thing to notice about the trims of the Volkswagen Passat is that the lower three trims namely S, SE and SEL comes with the 1.8L engine while the upper SE V6 and SEL V6 feature the more powerful 3.6 L engine.

Trim

S

SE

SEL

SE 3.6l V6

SEL 3.6l V6

MSRP

$22,440

$25,495

$30,995

$29,295

$33,995

Key

Features

  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic Vehicle Illumination
  • Composition Color touchscreen sound system, MP3/WMA-compatible CD player, AM/FM radio, and SD memory card reader
  • Composition Color touchscreen sound system, MP3/WMA-compatible CD player, AM/FM radio, and SD memory card reader

 

  • Composition Color touchscreen sound system, MP3/WMA-compatible CD player, AM/FM radio, and SD memory card reader

 

  • LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Automatic Vehicle Illumination
  • Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with proximity sensor, MP3/WMA/FLAC-compatible CD player, AM/FM/HD Radio, and SD memory card reader
  • Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service with 6-month trial subscription
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription
  • LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Automatic Vehicle Illumination
  • Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with proximity sensor, MP3/WMA/FLAC-compatible CD player, AM/FM/HD Radio, and SD memory card reader
  • Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service with 6-month trial subscription

 

The low-end S trim is available for a price of almost $22,440 and offers features such as cloth upholstery, dual-zone climate control, rearview camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, 6-way manually adjustable front seats, keyless power door locks, and cruise control.

Moving a step ahead, the SE trim stands in the lineup with a price tag of $25,495. Apart from the features available in the S trim, the SE trim provides more advanced features including, leatherette finished seats, heated front seats, keyless entry with push-button engine start, 8-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and bigger 17-inch wheels.With an MSRP of $30,995, the SEL trim deals even more enhanced features that are not available in the lower two trims. Some of those features include LED headlamps, lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery and 18-inch alloy wheels.Jumping to the SE V6 and SEL V6 trims, the major difference between them and their SE and SEL counterparts is of their engine. Both the SE V6 and SEL V6 comes with the more powerful 3.6-Liter engine and have MSRPs of $29,295 and $33,995 respectively.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Engine

7.4/10

The 1.8-Liter 4-cylinder engine variant of 2017 Volkswagen Passat is capable of generating a power of 170 hp at a maximum rpm of 4,800. Whereas, it can deliver a torque of 184 lbs.-ft. at a maximum rpm of 1,500. Switching to the more potent 3.6-Liter 6-cylinder engine, its maximum power and torque delivery correspond to 280 hp and 258 lbs.-ft. respectively. Additionally, the 2017 Passat's drivetrain comprises of a 6-speed automatic transmission with the manual gear-shifting mode.

Models

Volkswagen Passat S

Honda Accord LX

Mazda 6 sport

Chevrolet Malibu L

MSRP

$22,440

$23,155

$22,995

$21,680

Engine

1.8L I4

2.4L 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC I4

2.5L DOHC 16-Valve I4

1.5L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

170-hp @ 4,800 rpm

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

184 hp @ 5700 rpm

160 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque

184 lbs.-ft. @ 1,500 rpm

181 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

Comparing the engine specs of the rivals with the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan, it is found that the Honda Accord LX has the highest power figure of 185 hp while the highest torque of 185 lbs.-ft. is offered by the Mazda 6 Sport. For the transmission, both the Mazda 6 and Chevrolet Malibu have 6-speed automatic transmission, whereas, the Honda Accord utilizes a CVT automatic transmission.

Acceleration

The V4 engine present in the Passat S allows it to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, which is second best after the 7.3 seconds of the Honda Accord LX. Moreover, after continuing the run, the Volkswagen Passat hits the quarter mile distance mark within 15.7 seconds. However, the Chevrolet Malibu\u2019s 14.3 seconds of quarter mile time is the best.\xa0

Models

Volkswagen Passat S

Honda Accord LX

Mazda 6 sport

Chevrolet Malibu L

0-60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.3 sec

7.6 sec

8.0 sec

Quarter mile

15.7 sec

15.8 sec

16.1 sec

14.3 sec

Engine

1.8L

2.4L

2.5L

1.5L

Emission

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

6.5

5.9

6.1

5.8

In terms of emission, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan is the most polluting vehicle among its three major rivals due to its high annual emission of 6.5 tons.

Ride and Handling

The front wheel drivetrain allows the Passat to behave very well in terms of throttle response. Moreover, the V6 engine is even more satisfying in terms of aggressive movements and agility. The chassis of the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan is sturdy and thus enables the car to have ample stability even when cruising at high speeds on the highways. Additionally, the power steering of the Passat operates effortlessly and allows the vehicle to maneuver easily in cities as well as on highways. The Sedan utilizes four-wheel independent suspension along with front and rear stabilizer bars that result in smooth rides even when the vehicle is moving on bad roads.

Braking

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan incorporates disc brakes in all of its 4 tires that are backed by a 4-wheel ABS system. The curb weight of the Passat is approximately 3263 lbs., which entitles it as the heaviest sedan among the rivals. However, its 60-0 mph braking distance is 124 feet and is better only against the 126 feet of the Mazda 6 Sport. The most efficient braking system is that of the Chevrolet Malibu L that allows it to have the 60-0 mph distance of just 113 feet.

Model

Volkswagen Passat S

Honda Accord LX

Mazda 6 Sport

Chevrolet Malibu L

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

11.1

11.7

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.3

11.1

10.9

10.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3263

3239

3250

3108

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

117

126

113

2017 Volkswagen Passat Fuel Economy

7.7/10

Fuel economy is not the parameter where the 2017 Passat outshines its competition. In fact, in comparison with the three rivals considered here, the Volkswagen Passat has the worst fuel economy (combined), which is equal to 27 MPG. On the contrary, the highest fuel economy of 30 MPG is offered by both the Honda Accord LX and Chevrolet Malibu followed by the 29 MPG of Mazda 6 Sport.

Model

Volkswagen Passat S

Honda Accord LX     

Mazda 6 Sport           

Chevrolet Malibu L    

MPG (city)

23

27

26

27

MPG (highway)

34

36

35

36

MPG (combined)

27

30

29

30

2017 Volkswagen Passat Interior

6.0/10

"One of the most inviting parts of the 2017 Volkswagen Passat is its reserved yet classy interior. Cabin materials are excellent, and the cabin layout is, as you'd expect from the German automaker, logical and simple" -Edmunds.com

Seating and Comfort

The seating capacity of 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan, as well as of its competitors, is limited to 5 people. At the front row, the Passat Sedan offers the lowest headroom and shoulder room than its rivals. However, the legroom offered by the Volkswagen Passat is 42.4 inches, which only falls a little less than the 42.5 inches of the Honda Accord.

Model

Volkswagen Passat S

Honda Accord LX

Mazda 6 Sport

Chevrolet Malibu L

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.3/56.9/42.4

39.1/58.6/42.5

38.4/57.1/42.2

39.1/58.5/42.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/57.0/39.1

37.5/56.5/38.5

37.1/55.5/38.7

37.5/57.1/38.1

In the second row, the Passat\u2019s interior space comprises of 37.8 inches of headroom, 57.0 inches of shoulder room and 39.1 inches of legroom. When compared these figures with that of competition, it can be established that both the headroom and legroom available in the Passat are the highest. Whereas, its shoulder room is only 0.1 inches shorter than that of the Chevrolet Malibu.

Infotainment System

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan employs its proprietary MIB II infotainment system with a 5-inch touchscreen display for entertaining the passengers. Moreover, the infotainment system is intuitive and easy-to-use and offers various features such as Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, Auxiliary input port, AM/FM reception, navigation support, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. However, in the upper trims of the Passat, a larger 6.3-inch display comes with the infotainment system along with additional features such as satellite radio. \xa0\xa0\xa0\xa0

Interior Features

The interiors of the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan is highly functional and incorporate numerous features with a few of them listed as ahead:

  • 2 one-touch windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Steering mounted cruise and audio controls
  • Interior air filtration
  • Bucket front seats
  • Height adjustable front seats

Cargo Capacity

When it comes to accommodating cargo, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan offers an ample space of 15.9 cubic feet, which surpasses the cargo capacities of all of its three major competitors.\xa0

Model

Volkswagen Passat S

Honda Accord LX

Mazda 6 Sport

Chevrolet Malibu L

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

15.9

15.8

14.8

15.8

2017 Volkswagen Passat Exterior

7.9/10

"True, this is a sedan to get if you're not interested in flash and flare. With reserved but classy styling, the Passat has a pretty timeless look to it" -Edmunds.com

Dimension and Weight

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan measures about 191.9 inches in length and 72.2 inches in width with both the figures lesser than the competing sedans. However, its 58.5 inches of height makes it the tallest car. The 2017 Passat offers a good ground clearance of 5.4 inches but it is inferior in comparison to the 5.8 inches and 6.4 inches of ground clearances offered by the Honda Accord and Mazda 6 respectively.

Model

Volkswagen Passat S

Honda Accord LX

Mazda 6 Sport

Chevrolet Malibu L

Curb weight (lbs.)

3263

3239

3250

3108

Length(in)

191.9

192.5

192.7

193.8

Width(in)

72.2

72.8

72.4

73.0

Height(in)

58.5

57.7

57.1

57.6

Ground clearance (in)

5.4

5.8

6.4

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

110.4

109.3

111.4

111.4

Track width (in) F/R

62.1/61.0

62.8/62.0

62.4/62.0

62.6/62.5

Exterior Features
From outside, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan is not among the best-looking sedans but it still has many interesting features. Some of its main exterior features are as follows:

  • Four bar front grille
  • Dome-shaped hood
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Alloy wheels
  • All season tires

2017 Volkswagen Passat Safety

7.1/10

Safety Features

For assuring the safety of passengers and avoiding accidents, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan integrates numerous safety features in it. Some of the most prominent safety features of Passat include 3-point safety belt at rear center, child safety locks at rear doors, engine immobilizer, dusk sensing headlamps, traction control system, tire pressure monitoring, 4-wheel ABS, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.

The safety features of the 2017 Passat are effective and this is backed by the impressive ratings scored by the sedan in both the IIHS and NHTSA safety tests. In the IIHS safety test, the Passat has scored a \u2018good\u2019 rating in most of the individual parameters. Similarly, the NHTSA has approved the safety of 2017 Volkswagen Passat with an overall safety rating of 5-star.

  • Driver and passenger front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system
  • Side Curtain Protection\xae head airbags, front and rear
  • 3-point safety belts for outboard seating positions
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor points
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), and Engine Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System

 

IIHS Ratings

Small overlap front driver side

Good

Small overlap front passenger side

Marginal

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Front crash prevention

advanced

Headlights

Poor

Child seats anchors (LATCH)

Good

 

NHTSARatings

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

4 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

4 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

4 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

4 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

2017 Volkswagen Passat Competition

Volkswagen Passat vs. Honda Accord LX

Priced at $23,155, the Honda Accord LX is $715 expensive than the Volkswagen Passat. However, the Japanese Accord outperforms the Passat in terms of engine power, 0-60 mph time, annual emission, fuel economy, ground clearance and braking ability. On the other side, the Passat only excels in having more torque delivery, larger second-row space and extra cargo capacity. Overall, there is no denial in the fact that the Accord is a better sedan than Volkswagen Passat in terms of performance.

Volkswagen Passat vs. Mazda 6 sport

The Mazda 6 Sport is yet another close competitor of the Volkswagen Passat and its price has been set at $22,995. Comparing the specifications of both the cars, the Mazda 6 has an upper hand over the Passat when it comes to engine power, torque, fuel economy, ground clearance and front row space. However, the Passat easily beats the Mazda 6 in parameters including 0-60 mph acceleration, quarter mile time, braking capability and cargo space availability.

Volkswagen passat vs. Chevrolet Malibu L

Chevrolet also competes with the Volkswagen Passat with its Malibu Sedan, which comes at an MSRP of 21,680, which makes it $760 cheaper than Passat. Despite the low price tag, the Malibu offers lower emission, lesser 60-0 mph deceleration distance, greater mileage, and bigger headroom and shoulder room at front row as compared to the Passat. On the contrary, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan is superior in terms of engine power, acceleration, second-row space and cargo capacity.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Final Verdict

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sedan is highly reliable due to the fact that it is a German engineered vehicle. Moreover, the price of Passat makes it one of the most affordable sedans. Talking about the competition, most of the major rivals of Passat may have better performances but when it comes to safety, the Passat is one step ahead of them. In total, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat is one of the best family sedans available in the US and is a worth buying vehicle.

Pros

Spacious interiors provide extra comfort to passengers

The V6 engine is powerful

Exceptional safety ratings

Very responsive handling

Aggressive pricing

Cons

Simple exterior design

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22440

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

110 cu. in.

horsepower

170 hp @ 4800 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10.7 in. ventilated front disc/12.3 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

110.4 in.

length

191.9 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

58.5 in.

curb weight

3263 lbs.

ground clearance

5.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

2200 lbs.

payload capacity

1091 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/27/34 mpg

highway range

629 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Volkswagen Passat in Urano Gray Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Passat in Reflex Silver Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Passat in Reef Blue Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Passat in Pure White color  2017 Volkswagen Passat in Platinum Gray Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Passat in Fortana Red color  2017 Volkswagen Passat in Deep Blue Pearl color
Urano Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine

7.4

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.9

Safety

7.1

Driving

8.6

Comfort

7.8

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Volkswagen Passat S

S

power
170 hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$22,440


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $22,440 MSRP (23/27/34) 170 hp @ 4800 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

R-Line

power
170 hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$23,975


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
R-Line 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,975 MSRP (23/27/34) 170 hp @ 4800 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volkswagen Passat SE

SE

power
170 hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$25,495 - $27,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $25,495 MSRP (23/27/34) 170 hp @ 4800 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA
SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $27,995 MSRP (23/27/34) 170 hp @ 4800 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Deep Blue Pearl
  Fortana Red
  Platinum Gray Metallic
  Pure White
  Reef Blue Metallic
  Reflex Silver Metallic
  Urano Gray Metallic

 2017 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE

V6 SE

power
280 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$29,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V6 SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) Starting at $29,295 MSRP (20/23/28) 280 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium

SEL Premium

power
280 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$30,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $30,995 MSRP (23/27/34) 280 hp @ 6200 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium

V6 SEL Premium

power
170 hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$33,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) Starting at $33,995 MSRP (20/23/28) 170 hp @ 4800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

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