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  • (3.8) 30 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,517$8,313
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-32
  • Engine: 170-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2005 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take on the 2005 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take

Volkswagen's midsize sedan and wagon went on sale as freshened 2001.5 models. A TDI turbo-diesel engine became available during the 2004 model year.For 2005, Volkswagen has dropped the costly Passat W8 model. Leatherette seating surfaces replace cloth in the GL and GLS models, and the GLS ge... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 30 reviews

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So far, so good!

by Pablo from Pennsylvania on August 31, 2011

Six years and 180,000 miles with out a problem. Granted the vast majority of miles are highway. Overall mpg is 37.5 and taking a trip 40 mpg+ is common. I continually run VW recommended diesel fuel ad... Read Full Review

18 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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