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By Cars.com Staff
November 4, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Passat is Volkswagen's midsize car, and it's available in both sedan and wagon body styles. Competitors include the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.
New for 2009 The all-wheel-drive option and the V-6 engine option have been dropped. Heated seats and fog lights are standard, as are automatic headlights. The Passat is now available in only one trim level: Komfort.
Exterior A medallion-shaped grille covers the Passat's front end, and sweeping lines enhance the model's sides. The body is 188.2 inches long and 71.7 inches wide. The Passat's brakes have a wiping feature that removes moisture on the discs.
Sport suspension and Volkswagen's Adaptive Front Lighting System optional
16-inch wheels standard
17- or 18-inch wheels optional
New chrome window trim standard
Interior The Passat has room for up to five people. The 60/40-split folding rear seat has a pass-thru provision. Sedan owners get 14.2 cubic feet of trunk room. The Passat has an electronic parking brake, and the driver faces a four-spoke tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
Simulated leather seat trim standard
Leather upholstery available
Air conditioning, CD stereo standard
Optional navigation system with iPod connectivity
Optional park assist
Under the Hood Volkswagen's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder develops 200 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic that incorporates Tiptronic manual gear selection can team with the four-cylinder engine. The Passat is no longer available with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine or all-wheel drive.
Six airbags standard, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags
Rear-seat side-impact airbags optional
Adjustable head restraints standard; front seat restraints are active
Standard all-disc antilock brakes
Standard brake assist
Standard electronic stability system
2009 Passat Wagon Like the sedan, the 2009 wagon is available in only one trim level: Komfort. That includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 200 hp and 207 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic that incorporates Tiptronic manual gear selection works with the engine.
The wagon provides increased cargo space: 35.8 feet compared to the sedan's 14.2, however it is listed as being .2 inches shorter than the sedan. A power liftgate is standard on wagons.
The Passat wagon has all the same standard safety equipment as the sedan, as well as optional side-impact airbags for the rear seats, as does the sedan. Back to top
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