(4.6) 28 reviews
MSRP: $2,978$10,818
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 20-24
Engine: 200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2008 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take on the 2008 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take

Redesigned for 2006, the Passat is Volkswagen's midsize car and is available in both sedan and wagon body styles. Front- and all-wheel-drive models are offered. Competitors include the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. For 2008, the Passat's trim levels have been overhauled; it's now... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Throttle lag with automatic transmission
  • Torque steer in FWD V-6 models
  • Rough V-6 idle
  • Price of entry compared to competition

Notable Features

  • Turbo four-cylinder or V-6
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Optional adaptive headlights
  • Standard power liftgate (wagon)

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

When the 2008 Volkswagen Passat rolled into my driveway, I had no idea how exciting our time together would be. I knew VW has upheld an uber-cool image for many years, and I remembered that the Cabrio was my dream car when I was 16. I also knew that in the last 10 years, VW has had some reliability issues, so I had my doubts about the 2008 Passat. While reliability is hard to test in seven days... Read full review for the 2008 Volkswagen Passat

Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 28 reviews

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by Loves my V-Dub from El Paso, TX on August 9, 2010

Let me start off by saying that in 1999 I bought a VW Jetta and it all but fell apart on me (kept it 2 years)... so you can understand why I became skeptical when my husband pointed out the Passat at ... Read Full Review

15 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.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Passat Komfort

Head Restraints and Seats
M
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Passat Komfort

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
M
Overall Rear
M
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 Komfort

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Passat Komfort

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 2 recalls for this car.


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

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/50,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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