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VW Passat

Ubiquitous in Europe but a rare sighting in Australia, the Volkswagen Passat is the company’s renowned family sedan and wagon range, which is currently in its eighth generation

That lineage has spawned numerous model lines and special versions of the Passat over the years, but in recent times a waning desire for large sedans and wagons has forced VW’s local team to pare back the range substantially.

Currently, the VW Passat is available as a sedan, priced at $46,590, or a family-friendly station wagon, priced at $58,790

This vehicle is also known as Volkswagen Dasher, Volkswagen Quantum, Volkswagen Santana, Volkswagen Corsar, Volkswagen Magotan (China), Volkswagen Carat.

Volkswagen Passat Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Volkswagen Passat here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • How do I fold in the wing mirrors on my 2017 Volkswagen Passat?

    From what I can gather, the 2017 Passat in its Australian-delivered configuration doesn’t include the ability to automatically fold its mirrors in when you lock the doors. Certainly, you can do this manually for when you tackle an automatic car-wash, but that becomes tedious if you want the mirrors folded every time you lock and leave the car.

    But what’s interesting is that the car in other markets does, in fact, incorporate this feature, so it’s entirely possible, since your car already has the hardware) that the function is buried away deep, deep inside the set-up menus with a series of incomprehensible steps required to enable the function. Modern cars are subject to numerous hacks like this one, and a VW dealer might be able to point you in the right direction. It’s a handy feature and one that is valued highly by those who park on narrow streets each night. Actually, that’s why European versions of the Passat have the function in the first place, but it seems a bit mean that VW would drop it for our market.

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  • Volkswagen Passat 2012: What does the flashing wrench indicator mean?

    Hi Chloe, the wrench symbol is the service indicator light on this generation of Passat. I would take the car to your nearest licenced mechanical repairer and have them read the fault codes logged in the ECU, which is basically your car’s brain. Basically, when a part of your car stops working properly it sends an error message to the ECU, which has an error code it can display when the mechanic plugs their scan tool into the computer. This model Passat had an issue where the service light would come on, requiring the ECU’s software to be updated by the dealer. I’d take the car in and see what error codes come up as the first job.

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  • Volkswagen Passat 2013: Is my car safe after a transmission failure?

    There is little chance of anything else being damaged as a result of the transmission failure. I understand your concern about the safety of the car given your experience when the transmission failed and left you in a precarious situation, but the chances of it happening again are pretty slim now it has been repaired.

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  • Volkswagen Passat: Key replacement cost

    You can go to your dealer to get your key fob replaced, but without more information about your vehicle I can't guarantee how cheap it will be. If you don't want to go to your dealer to get your key fob replaced, check out this article for more options.

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Volkswagen Passat Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Volkswagen Passat varies based on the trim level you choose. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO
2021 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $35,000 $45,320
2021 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $36,800 $47,630
2021 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $46,590 $51,790
2021 SUV 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $46,990 $58,790
2021 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $48,590 $53,790
2020 SUV 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO
2020 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $35,000 $45,320
2020 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $36,800 $47,630
2019 Sedan 1.8L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $25,800 $41,800
2019 Wagon 1.8L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $27,200 $56,430
2019 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $31,800 $44,660
2018 Sedan 1.8L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $21,400 $47,190
2018 Wagon 1.8L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $22,600 $50,270
2018 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $29,700 $44,000
2017 Sedan 1.8L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $18,200 $40,370
2017 Wagon 1.8L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $19,100 $43,010
2017 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP $25,900 $40,700
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Volkswagen Passat Colours

Base Passats can be had in a choice of five colours, including white, blue, black, silver, and grey. The top-spec Passat R-Line wagon is available in a unique shade of blue.

  • Pure White
  • Aquamarine Blue Metallic
  • Manganese Grey Metallic
  • Pyrite Silver Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl Effect
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Volkswagen Passat Accessories

The Passat comes standard with alloy wheels from 17-inches up, LED headlights, a multimedia screen from 8.0-inches up with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a digital dash cluster, built-in navigation, and a reversing camera. Tri-zone climate control and keyless entry with push-start ignition are also standard, while higher-spec cars score leather seat trim, a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch alloys, a powered tailgate, 360-degree camera suite, interior ambient lighting, and a premium audio system.

Volkswagen Passat Dimensions

The dimensions of the Volkswagen Passat Sedan, SUV and Wagon vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Sedan 1461x1832x4775 mm 142 mm
2021 SUV 1530x1832x4780 mm 173 mm
2021 Wagon 1477x1832x4773 mm 144 mm
2020 Sedan 1457x1835x4775 mm 144 mm
2020 SUV 1530x0x4780 mm
2020 Wagon 1477x1832x4773 mm 144 mm
2019 Sedan 1456x1832x4767 mm 145 mm
2019 Wagon 1477x1832x4767 mm 145 mm
2019 SUV 1506x1820x4777 mm 165 mm
2018 Sedan 1456x1832x4767 mm 145 mm
2018 Wagon 1477x1832x4767 mm 145 mm
2018 SUV 1506x1820x4777 mm 165 mm
2017 Wagon 1477x1832x4767 mm 145 mm
2017 SUV 1506x1820x4777 mm 165 mm
2017 Sedan 1456x1832x4767 mm 145 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen Passat Dimensions

Volkswagen Passat Boot Space

The Volkswagen Passat SUV has a boot space size of 650 Litres.
Volkswagen Passat Boot space

Volkswagen Passat Wheel Size

The Volkswagen Passat has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x45 R18 for Sedan in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Sedan 235x45 R18 235x45 R18
2021 Wagon 235x45 R18 235x45 R18
2021 SUV 245x45 R18 245x45 R18
2020 Sedan 235x45 R18 18x8 inches 235x45 R18 18x8 inches
2020 Wagon 235x45 R18 18x8 inches 235x45 R18 18x8 inches
2019 Sedan 215x55 R17 17x7 inches 215x55 R17 17x7 inches
2019 Wagon 215x55 R17 17x7 inches 215x55 R17 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x50 R17 17x7 inches 225x50 R17 17x7 inches
2018 Sedan 215x55 R17 17x7 inches 215x55 R17 17x7 inches
2018 Wagon 215x55 R17 17x7 inches 215x55 R17 17x7 inches
2018 SUV 225x50 R17 17x7 inches 225x50 R17 17x7 inches
2017 Sedan 215x55 R17 17x7 inches 215x55 R17 17x7 inches
2017 Wagon 215x55 R17 17x7 inches 215x55 R17 17x7 inches
2017 SUV 225x50 R17 17x7 inches 225x50 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen Passat Wheel Sizes

Volkswagen Passat Fuel Consumption

The Volkswagen Passat is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by PULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.4L/100km for Sedan /PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Sedan 6.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 8.1L/100km 2.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2021 Wagon 6.6L/100km 2.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2020 Sedan 6.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 8.1L/100km 2.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 6.6L/100km 2.0L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan 6L/100km 1.8L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 6L/100km 1.8L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2018 Sedan 4.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2018 Sedan 6L/100km 1.8L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 5.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2018 Wagon 4.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2018 Wagon 6L/100km 1.8L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 4.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2017 Sedan 6L/100km 1.8L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 5.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2017 Wagon 4.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2017 Wagon 6L/100km 1.8L PULP 7 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Volkswagen Passat Pricing and Specs for 2021

Volkswagen Passat Interior

The Passat's interior is relatively large, offering great adjustability for front passengers, and ample storage in the doors and centre console. The front seats are either manually adjustable on entry level cars, or power adjustable on higher grade cars, with heating and cooling as well as a message function on top-spec Premium trims.

Volkswagen Passat Towing Capacity

The Volkswagen Passat has maximum towing capacity of 2200kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Sedan 1800kg 2000kg
2021 Wagon 1800kg 2000kg
2021 SUV 2200kg 2200kg
2020 SUV 0kg 0kg
2020 Sedan 0kg 1800kg
2020 Wagon 0kg 1800kg
2019 Sedan 1800kg 1800kg
2019 Wagon 1800kg 2200kg
2019 SUV 2200kg 2200kg
2018 Sedan 1800kg 2200kg
2018 Wagon 1800kg 2200kg
2018 SUV 2200kg 2200kg
2017 Sedan 1800kg 2200kg
2017 Wagon 1800kg 2200kg
2017 SUV 2200kg 2200kg
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Volkswagen Passat Seats

The Passat has five seats which will suit even larger adults in decent comfort levels, clad in either cloth or 'Vienna' leather trim depending on the grade.

Volkswagen Passat Speed

The top-spec Passat R-Line will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.7 seconds.