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2005 Volkswagen Passat

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

185.2” x 57.6”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Ride comfort
  • Quietness
  • Automatic-transmission response
  • Seat comfort
  • Handling and stability

The bad:

  • Engine noise with turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Seat-adjustment controls
  • Diesel-engine performance

8 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2005 Volkswagen Passat trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Choice of three engines
  • Available diesel engine
  • Available 4Motion AWD
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • Available stability control

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 3.8
  • Exterior 4.2
  • Reliability 3.6
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Most recent consumer reviews


Already broke down.

I like the leather interior. A little outdated, but it is an 05'. Engine issues, so not as reliable as I thought it would be. Already in the shop and the mechanic says I may need a new engine after 130K miles.


Best value and love the classic look

We have owned a few of these Passats from the 2001 -2005 body style. If you take care of it and wash it during the winter these cars do not rust. Very comfortable interior and I love how it drives. I have the V6 engine and I been told by many that the engine is bulletproof, but you do have to follow the service schedule. Some repairs are expensive, but long term it's worth it. I have the 4 motion 2005 model and it handles beautifully in the winter. We also still have 2003 v6 GLX and it's running great. I plan on getting another 2005 GLX if I can find a low mileage one. They are reasonable pricewise and last forever.


Very Nice Car

Low mileage, leather seat, runs great... Great for family or couple or singles(more room for you). Very low mileage of 128,047 plus these VW Passat runs forever. Fully loaded with Heat, AC, Heated Seat, etc. Call for more info

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Based on the 2005 Volkswagen Passat base trim.
Frontal driver
Frontal passenger
Nhtsa rollover rating
Side driver
Side rear passenger


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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