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2007 Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 5100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Volkswagen Passat

  • Entertaining to drive, boasting a beautifully trimmed cabin and equipped with upscale features, the 2007 Volkswagen Passat is one of our favorite choices for a midsize sedan or wagon.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong engines, fine handling and ride balance, roomy and upscale cabin, top-notch build and materials quality, available all-wheel drive.

  • Cons

    More expensive than competitors, excessive road noise.

  • What's New for 2007

    Volkswagen fully redesigned the Passat sedan last year. For 2007, a wagon version of the new VW Passat debuts, as does a Wolfsburg edition of the 2.0T. Other updates this year include the addition of a new adaptive cruise control system, an auxiliary input jack for the audio system, minor standard feature adjustments and the dropping of the "Value Editon" nomenclature.

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Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Volkswagen fail.

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Vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Passat

expected more when purchasing new 2006 Passat, previous car was the new beetle and a friend had the 2001 Passat, when changes were made that must have cut costs with interior design and electrical system. Within 2 years, the AC failed, front headlights, interior lights and service buttons were always on. Also, after two summers of heat the ac controls, stereo buttons and auto windows had blistering and then peeling. Looks like a pos! Still drives fair considering the electrical system is out of whack. Last time I will buy new - over rated, definitely last time buying VW. Best car ever was Lexxus. **Note: the guy still driving his 2001 with 185,000 miles plus. Buy new VW & good luck.



4 of 7 people found this review helpful

Lemon. period.

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Vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Passat

Where do I even start. First off, DO NOT buy this car. I had this vehicle for almost five years and it is indescribable the feeling I had when I got rid of it. Never will I stray from Honda or Toyota again. There is a reason there are so many Hondas on the road and very few VWs. I learned the hard way. This car consistently broke down and needed repairs. Not cheaper, either. The air compressor went out twice, cold air return motor died, and numerous recalls. I honestly still can't believe a car could be so bad. On the bright side, I tell anyone who will listen how awful my experience with VW was. I have convinced at least 30+ people to never buy a VW with my previous experience.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sooner it's gone the better

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Vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Passat

This vehicle while is fun to drive has spent more time with the mechanic than with us. 5 trips to fix the injectors, 4 trips the second time they went in only 140Km. I can't believe 2 sets of injectors in only 140Km. All 4 wheel bearings failed before 80Km, AC failed, trunk release failed, and on and on. The dealer would try something and when surprise it wasn't fixed told us to book another appointment, great except we live 5 hours from the nearest dealer, in one case it took 4 trips to fix one little problem. NO support from the VW dealer so we phoned VW Canada and all I got was "that's the way our warrenty works" I guess that means tough luck consumer. Stay away from this vehicle.



8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Lemon vehicle

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Vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Passat

I own a 2006 passat sedan, the first year of owning the car my catalytic coverter went out. From that point each year a major componet on the vehicle goes out. Now I keep getting check engine light, the oil has to be replaced often and the cost to repair vehicle continues to rise. Now I have a camsgaft issue that is causing the regulator to leak. This is by far the worst vehicle I have ever owned. I tell everyone I know and don't via reviews to stop buying vw vehicles. They don't stand by their product. Its pure garbage, since owning the vehicle I have spent approx. 7500 in repairs. Please don't be fooled into buying this product. Its DAMAGED and UNTRUST WORTHY!!!!!!!



3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Stay away sell now and

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Vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Passat

I own a 2006 Passat 2.0 T with 62K. This is the worst car I ever owned in my 50 years. The positive about a car is cool exterior look. The interior is falling apart. The drawers are stuck, paint is peeling off, other plastic parts have broken hinges. The engine is losing oil. I have to do oil change every 2,500 miles to keep dipstick inside the range. The wheel bearngs were replaced for both rear wheels. Air conditioner compressor died and AC didn't work for 2 years. The compressor for this car is the most expensive, due to high demand. VW of America are useless. Many Technical service Bulletins were issued, admitting the design flaws, but not granting financial aid. Stay away.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Save your money

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Vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Passat

Since early 2007, I have had the catyletic converter split, front and read brakes replaced, steering column replaced and put on sideways...had to take it back to the dealer. Front axle, compressor, 12 tires...its awful in the snow and ice. Satellite radio died, peeling on the arms and buttons, leak in the sunroof, terrible heating/cooling system...takes forever to heat up. Electrically system messed up and when I try and open the window, it closes, then opens. Numerous other things wrong with it. In just the past 6 months I've sunk $8000 into the car. The only thing I like is the way it handles on the open road. Im so disappointed with this car and will never buy a VW again.



Full 2007 Volkswagen Passat Review

What's New for 2007

Volkswagen fully redesigned the Passat sedan last year. For 2007, a wagon version of the new VW Passat debuts, as does a Wolfsburg edition of the 2.0T. Other updates this year include the addition of a new adaptive cruise control system, an auxiliary input jack for the audio system, minor standard feature adjustments and the dropping of the "Value Editon" nomenclature.

Introduction

With its distinctly European styling and engineering, the Volkswagen Passat has become the car of choice for those bored with mainstream family sedans. We've been a fan of the car since its last generation (1998-2005) even as Japanese and American rivals bettered the Passat in terms of performance and interior room.

Last year, Volkswagen fully redesigned the sedan, making it roomier, more powerful and packed with upscale features. For 2007, a new VW Passat wagon debuts. As with the sedan, it's built on a new body structure that's considerably stiffer than before. Rear passenger room is especially generous, and the Passat's 37.7 inches of rear legroom is about an inch more than what's offered by many competitors.

As we've come to expect from Volkswagen, the Passat's interior boasts class-leading fit and finish, lending a more upscale feel to the cabin when compared to mainstream family sedans and wagons. The previous model's relative lack of interior storage has been addressed, as there are now plenty of storage cubbies and even an umbrella holder built into the driver door.

Thanks to a lineup that ranges from an entertaining basic family hauler with leatherette seating and a turbocharged four cylinder engine to an upscale touring vehicle with a leather-and-wood-lined cabin, a powerful V6 and all-wheel drive, the 2007 Volkswagen Passat deserves strong consideration by shoppers in the midsize sedan and wagon segments. True, it will cost more than competitors like the Accord, Altima, Camry, Mazda 6 and Subaru Legacy, but the Volkswagen has a premium feel throughout that its competition has yet to match.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize car available as a sedan or wagon. Currently, it's available in the following trims: base, 2.0T, 2.0T Wolfsburg, 3.6L and 3.6L 4Motion. (Note: Early-build 2007 Passat wagons had slightly different trim level designations.) Plenty of standard features come with the base trim, such as 16-inch steel wheels, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, air-conditioning, a CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary input jack, cruise control, power windows and locks, keyless entry, power heated mirrors and a trip computer. Step up to the 2.0T and a power driver seat, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear-seat/trunk pass-through and chrome window frame trim are added. The Wolfsburg edition adds 17-inch alloys, a CD changer, satellite radio, heated front seats, a power sunroof and fog lights. The 3.6L features unique alloy wheels, an in-dash CD changer, satellite radio and a sunroof. The Passat 3.6L 4Motion adds all-wheel drive to the mix.

Base Passats are very limited in terms of options, but you can get a sunroof, leather upholstery, an upgraded Dynaudio sound system and a navigation system on the 2.0T. Other options (depending on trim) include 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive bi-HID headlights, an adaptive cruise control system, automatic dual-zone climate control, 12-way power front seats, and wood or aluminum interior trim.

Powertrains and Performance

Base and 2.0T models come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 rated for 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic (standard on the Wolfsburg). All 3.6L and all-wheel drive 4Motion models are fitted with a 3.6-liter V6 good for 280 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque that's also coupled to the six-speed automatic. Even the 2.0 turbo with the automatic is quick: We clocked a sedan version running 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds. 3.6L cars can better that time by about a second.

Safety

All Passats come very well equipped as far as safety features. Antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, a tire-pressure monitor, anti-whiplash front head restraints, front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags are all standard. Optional for all trims are rear-seat side airbags. In NHTSA crash tests, the 2007 Volkswagen Passat earned four (out of five) stars for its protection of front occupants in head-on collisions. Side-impact tests resulted in five stars for front passengers and four for those in the rear. The IIHS scores the Passat as "Good" (the best rating possible) in its frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

Every VW Passat presents a comfortable and upscale cabin. Fit and finish is superb and there's a feeling of precision to all the controls. Starting the car is a bit unusual but easier than the normal stick-the-key-in-and-twist drill. One simply inserts the "key" into an easily seen/accessed slot on the dash and pushes it to start the car. Trunk capacity stands at 14.2 cubic feet, about the same as an Accord's and Camry's. The wagon has 35.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the second-row seats up.

Driving Impressions

A fully independent suspension along with an impressively rigid structure provides sportier handling than previous generations of the Passat. Although the chassis is still tuned more for comfort than attacking apexes, body roll is kept in check and the steering is responsive yet light, without feeling overboosted. Factor in the powerful engines and the 2007 Volkswagen Passat makes for one of the most entertaining rides in the midsize segment. The only significant negative we've found in road tests is excessive road noise on models with the larger wheels and tires.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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