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2006 Volkswagen Passat
2006 Volkswagen Passat
Available Price Range $2,730-$8,510 Trims4 Combined MPG 22-27 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2006 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take

Volkswagen redesigned its midsize Passat for 2006. Sedans hit dealerships first, and wagon versions followed later. The base engine is a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Constructed with four valves per cylinder, the new engine features direct-injection fuel delivery. The four-cylinder g... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Backseat legroom
  • Many road bumps are noticeable
  • Gauge visibility in sunlight

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2006
  • Turbo four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard stability system
  • FWD or AWD
  • Six standard airbags
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Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

The 2006 VW Passat arrives just in time for me to jump in and pick my kids up from school. Admittedly, I'm running a tad late, but what's new? I jump in, adjust the seat (which I'll get to a little later) and mirrors and try to start the car. How do I start this thing? There's no key, just a key fob and a slot that it seems to fit in. It doesn't turn, however. OK, I&apo... Read full review for the 2006 Volkswagen Passat

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Consumer Reviews

3.9

Average based on 58 reviews

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Caveat Emptor- Passat Ripoff

by Car hobbyist from Santa Barbara, CA on March 28, 2007

Those of you shopping for a midsize sedan and are thinking about or have already been smitten by the new Passat's attractive features (price and sleek lines) beware. I have been duped by VW again (3rd... Read Full Review

4 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.

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$22,950 - $31,900
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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Passat 2.0T

Head Restraints and Seats
A
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Passat 2.0T

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
A
Overall Rear
A
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Passat 2.0T

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Passat 2.0T

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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