2012 Volkswagen Passat SE Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Volkswagen Passat - Road Test Specs

2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

(2.5L 5-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2012
StyleSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$24,825
Options on test vehicleDestination, $700
As-tested MSRP$25,595


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected inline-5
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,480/151
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.5
Redline (rpm)6,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)177 @ 4,250
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.04; II = 2.37; III = 1.56: IV = 1.16; V = 0.85; VI = 0.67; Final Drive = 3.87


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.4
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, front215/55R17 94H
Tire size, rear215/55R17 94H
Wheel size17-by-8 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front12.3-inch ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.7-inch solid steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.2
0-45 mph (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph (sec.)9.0
0-75 mph (sec.)13.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.6 @ 84.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.8
@ Full throttle (dB)71.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsIt has that strange inline-5 sound. Stability control cannot be switched off. It's quickest in Manual mode (although it still shifts for itself at peak rpm), and Drive, Sport and Manual modes all shift at 6,000 rpm. Quick shifts. Power braking allows wheelspin for a quicker start, but it triggers stability control and slows acceleration times. Manual shifting comes via console-mounted lever (pull back for upshift). Does not blip throttle on downshifts. Will not hold gears to rev limiter.
Braking commentsFirm pedal action with short travel. The car tracks straight but there's lots of ABS commotion and the majority of distances were on the long side. First stop was shortest at 123 feet, while longest stop of 132 feet came on fourth of six stops.
Handling commentsNon-defeat ESC. Skid pad: Steering effort is noticeable but not too heavy. Good sense of impending understeer and very little intrusion by stability control, but very poor throttle response. When ESC intrudes, it merely breathes the throttle almost imperceptibly. Good ESC calibration with good vehicle balance. Slalom: Nice crisp turn into corners. Linear yaw reaction and proves neutral in rapid transitions. Predictable responses mean ESC doesn't intrude unless there's a good reason. There might be another 1 mph speed in this car if the ESC didn't intrude, but that's about it. When ESC does kick in, it uses quick, sharp brake applications to keep the nose of the car tucked into the apex of a turn without altering course much. Again, a sophisticated and well-balanced stability control, but throttle response is so poor that we're unable to take advantage.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)52
Relative humidity (%)74
Wind (mph, direction)2, crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/31 highway/25 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)25
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,221
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,266
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60/40
Length (in.)191.6
Width (in.)72.2
Height (in.)58.5
Wheelbase (in.)110.4
Track, front (in.)62.1
Track, rear (in.)61.0
Turning circle (ft.)36.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)39.1
Headroom, front (in.)38.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)57.0
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.9


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested
IIHS offsetGood

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