• (4.5) 32 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $2,811–$9,935
  • 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 Latest Model 2008 Volkswagen Passat

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)

2008 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Vehicle Overview
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 available in Turbo, Komfort, Lux and VR6. Newly standard features include manual sunshades for the rear side windows, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a leather steering wheel and shift knob.


Exterior
A medallion-shaped grille is installed on the Passat. The Passat's brakes have a wiping feature that removes moisture on the discs. A sport suspension and Volkswagen's Adaptive Front Lighting System are optional. Standard wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17- or 18-inch wheels are available. A power liftgate is standard on wagons.

Interior
The Passat has room for up to five people. The 60/40-split folding rear seat has a pass-thru provision. Sedan owners get 14.2 cubic feet of trunk room, while wagons have 35.8 cubic feet of cargo room. The Passat has an electronic parking brake, and the driver faces a four-spoke tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Simulated leather seat trim is standard, but leather upholstery is available.

Air conditioning and a CD stereo are standard. An in-dash six-CD changer, navigation system and park assist are optional.


Under the Hood
Volkswagen's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder develops 200 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. Either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic that incorporates Tiptronic manual gear selection can team with the four-cylinder engine. The 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 drives only the six-speed automatic.

Safety
The Passat is equipped with six standard airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags. Rear-seat side-impact airbags are optional. All five occupants have adjustable head restraints, and the ones for front passengers are active. All-disc antilock brakes, brake assist, a tire pressure monitoring system and an electronic stability system are standard.

Driving Impressions
The V-6-powered Passat sedan is quick from a standstill and responds promptly and eagerly when passing or merging. Acceleration doesn't diminish much when the turbocharged four-cylinder is teamed with the automatic, and it's offset by greater fuel economy. Exhaust sounds are satisfying, but the V-6 is a little noisy while accelerating.

An undeniably taut sport suspension yields confident control and adept steering and handling without impairing ride quality too much. Bumps are commonly felt, but not too many are troubling. The ride isn't much different in four-cylinder Passats.

Ample glass aids visibility, but the mirrors aren't as useful as some. The car's deep-set, hooded gauges almost disappear at times on sunny days. The low cowl provides good forward visibility.

Front space is ample, and the seats are indisputably firm but adequately comfortable, though the wide console is close to the driver's knee. The sedan's rear headroom is sufficient and legroom is acceptable.


Consumer Reviews

(4.5)

Average based on 32 reviews

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Great value in a wagon

by achfly from Hurricane, UT on November 14, 2017

For cultural reasons these Passat wagons are not all that popular in some regions and the Jetta gets better gas mileage sacrificing some interior room and so it seems most people opt for the Jetta wag... Read Full Review

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Safety Ratings

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 4 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

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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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.

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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.

Other Years