Best Bet
(3.7) 26 reviews
MSRP: $1,730$7,918
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

18 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.