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Volkswagen Passat Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 5100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2009 Volkswagen Passat

  • Now available only in turbocharged four-cylinder form, the 2009 Volkswagen Passat remains a compelling proposition for those who prefer sophisticated road manners and high-quality interior materials to V6 vigor.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Good balance of ride comfort and handling, upscale interior appointments, energetic turbocharged engine, available wagon body style.

  • Cons

    Elevated road noise, costs as much as V6-powered competitors, no V6 option, missing some common options.

  • What's New for 2009

    The 2009 Volkswagen Passat lineup undergoes a major downsizing, as there is now just a single front-wheel-drive Komfort trim level, and the only available powertrain is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four with a six-speed automatic transmission. One new feature this year is a hard-drive-based navigation system with a touchscreen and digital music storage capability. However, some previously available features, such as leather seating, a premium audio system and xenon headlights, are no longer available.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (15 total reviews)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Follow up

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Vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Follow up to review last year. Car is not 2+ years old with 39K Miles. Runs beautifully, with one recall for a switch, one service for a loose A/C condensation hose - both free of charge. Still as tight and sweet as when purchased, and the Perellis are still in great shape. So far, so good!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great car, great value, more

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Vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

I've owned mine since June /09. I was skeptical at first - somewhat odd looks, VW reputation for marginal reliability, not all the luxury I really wanted. However on test drive changed that. The 2.0L turbo engine is fantastic - quick, responsive, pulls very hard when you mash the throttle. The 6 speed transmission is mated perfectly to it and is smooth and accurate in shifts. So far, so good. I've got 36K+ miles of mostly highway driving and no breakdowns/strands/failed starts. No maintenance costs either with first 2 years covered. Some trim pieces have broken due to little kiddie fingers. I would highly recommend this car for anyone looking for an alternative to ridiculously oversized SUV



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great german car

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Vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Have had this '09 since 8/09. It runs flawlessly and is a very enjoyable family sedan. Storage is HUGE, performance is tight and torque is excellent. High end smooth comfortable ride with great control. Most of the benefits of Audi w/o price tag. Great bargains to be had (this one was $5K off sticker). No, not as cheap as a Camry or Honda, but much more style, class and fun to drive. This car is a sleeper and soon to be changed and produced in Mexico - it's a buy.




Great thus far

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Vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Have had this car for a full 3 months, and it's met or exceeded my expectations. So far no unscheduled trips to the dealership, which is good. Being that this is a "performance" German car, you have to know it will need regular maintenance. The engine is adequate, though not at all inspiring. Does a decent job of moving along when pushed. Int design is very nice. Leatherette works great w/o worry of ruining it with wet beach shorts, sun damage, or regular wear and tear (look at pics of older models and seats still look new). Center tunnel is a tad narrow and would be nice if it were carpeted. I think ext looks nicer than Passat sedan. Audi-esque front grill is great!




Extremely unreliable

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Vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The car is stylish, but unfortunately seems to break down frequently. I have under 30,000 miles and have had the throttle body replaced, throttle body wiring, and steering column replaced. It has left me stranded 5 times. Probably the least reliable car I have ever owned. I'm totally bummed I have a 4 year 60,000 mile lease, it's a horrible car



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Eurostyle wagon experience

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Vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

I shake my head at all our neighbours driving these hideous SUVs and crossovers that handle like buses and drink fuel like crazy. There are options! This car has way more room than our neighbour's Murano and is a blast to drive! We love manual trannys and this was the only wagon we could get one in. We got a highline with real leather, moonroof, dual climate, satellite radio. Had an Acura TSX before and this is quicker but gets the same mileage. It is also quieter and smoother but the leather and aesthetics were nicer in the Acura.



Full 2009 Volkswagen Passat Review

What's New for 2009

The 2009 Volkswagen Passat lineup undergoes a major downsizing, as there is now just a single front-wheel-drive Komfort trim level, and the only available powertrain is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four with a six-speed automatic transmission. One new feature this year is a hard-drive-based navigation system with a touchscreen and digital music storage capability. However, some previously available features, such as leather seating, a premium audio system and xenon headlights, are no longer available.

Introduction

Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, so a rising Euro lifts the prices of German cars for the American consumer -- and few models demonstrate the consequences better than the 2009 Volkswagen Passat. Having carved out an enviable niche as an upscale alternative to workaday family sedans and wagons, the Passat looked set to conquer even more market share with its clean-sheet redesign a few years ago. While that new design may not have resonated with buyers as VW had hoped, economic realities also intervened. By last year, the starting price for a V6-powered Passat had ballooned to a jaw-dropping $36,000. Not surprisingly, stateside shoppers steered clear of this exorbitantly priced model, and the Passat lineup in general floundered while consumers turned to more affordable rivals.

The ball was in Volkswagen's court, and the company has certainly taken a bold swing with the 2009 Passat. That overpriced V6 model? Auf Wiedersehen. In its stead, Volkswagen is offering a single trim level -- Komfort (ja, that's with a K) -- that comes with the turbocharged four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission. With a base price of more than $28,000 for the sedan (and almost $30,000 for the wagon), the Passat still doesn't come cheap, but it's priced competitively with upmarket six-cylinder versions of mainstream family sedans. VW is hoping that the Passat's high-quality interior and European panache will convince consumers to settle for its blown four-cylinder rather than, say, the potent V6-powered Altima or Camry.

We wouldn't be surprised if many car shoppers do just that. The Passat's power plant may be down a couple cylinders, but it still provides reasonably zesty acceleration with decent fuel economy, and the Vee-Dub's interior is clearly a cut above in terms of quality and design. What's more, the Passat's suspension evinces that characteristic German feel in the way it expertly blunts impacts, yet tackles corners with respectable composure. High-speed stability is another plus -- the Passat was engineered for use on the autobahn, and that shows in its unruffled manner at extralegal speeds. However many cylinders are under the hood, there's a lot of fundamental goodness in the Passat's package.

Another Passat pro is the available wagon version, one of only two family-sedan-based wagons currently on the U.S. market. (Subaru's Outback is the other.) With the uncertain status of gas prices, the Passat wagon makes for an intriguing alternative to thirsty SUVs. Also introduced this year is the Volkswagen CC, which is essentially a Passat with sleeker styling and all the luxury goodies that used to be on the Passat's features list -- including the V6 engine. With a lower roof line, only four seats and a smaller trunk, the CC trades the Passat's utility for style. Indeed, both the CC and the 2009 Volkswagen Passat are intriguing alternatives in general. The question is whether you're willing to step down a notch engine-wise in order to enjoy the Passat's many virtues.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Volkswagen Passat is available as a midsize sedan or wagon. Both body styles come in Komfort trim only. Standard equipment on the sedan includes 17-inch alloy wheels, heated windshield washer nozzles, a sunroof, air-conditioning, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, premium leatherette vinyl upholstery, power heated front seats and an eight-speaker sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio. The wagon features all of the sedan's standard equipment and adds chrome roof rails.

Options include sportier 17-inch alloy wheels, a variety of exterior appearance packages (sedan only), an iPod adapter (replaces the standard aux jack) and a hard-drive-based touchscreen navigation system with a USB port, an iPod interface and 20GB available for digital music storage.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive 2009 Volkswagen Passat is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control is mandatory. In performance testing, we've timed a Passat sedan with the 2.0-liter engine at 7.7 seconds to 60 mph. This is slower than its V6-powered rivals, but plenty quick for most buyers thanks to its abundance of low-end torque.

Fuel economy is respectable given the Passat's peppy performance. EPA estimates stand at 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined for the sedan, while the wagon dips slightly to 19/28/22.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, stability control, anti-whiplash front head restraints, front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags are all standard on the Passat, while rear-seat side airbags are optional. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the 2009 Volkswagen Passat earned four stars out of five for its protection of front occupants in head-on collisions. Side-impact tests resulted in five stars for protection of front passengers and four for those in the rear. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Passat as "Good" (the best rating possible) in its frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The VW Passat's comfortable and upscale cabin is one of its high points. Fit and finish is superb and there's a feeling of precision to all the controls. Interior materials quality is first-rate -- the Passat is more akin to entry-level luxury sedans than family sedans in this regard. Even the leatherette vinyl upholstery looks and feels better than many cars' cow-sourced stuff. Trunk capacity stands at 14.2 cubic feet, which is about average for this class. The wagon has 35.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the second-row seats up, and a cavernous 72.6 cubic feet with the seats folded down -- that's about the same as a Honda CR-V or a Toyota RAV4.

Driving Impressions

Although the 2009 Volkswagen Passat is tuned more for comfort than for attacking corners, its well-sorted chassis imbues it with a confident feel and the steering is light but accurate. Thanks to its German bloodlines, the Passat feels unflappable at higher velocities. The turbo-4 provides more than adequate power under most circumstances, and it sounds good, too. Our only real complaint is the somewhat intrusive road noise.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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