2009 Volkswagen Passat

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$28,300

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2009 Volkswagen Passat

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • High-grade interior
  • Highway poise
  • Optional Dynaudio sound system

The bad:

  • Throttle lag with automatic transmission
  • Price of entry compared to competition

1 trim

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Notable features

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

2009 Volkswagen Passat review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Passat is Volkswagen’s midsize car, and it’s available in both sedan and wagon body styles. Competitors include the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.

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New for 2009
The all-wheel-drive option and the V-6 engine option have been dropped. Heated seats and fog lights are standard, as are automatic headlights. The Passat is now available in only one trim level: Komfort.

Exterior
A medallion-shaped grille covers the Passat’s front end, and sweeping lines enhance the model’s sides. The body is 188.2 inches long and 71.7 inches wide. The Passat’s brakes have a wiping feature that removes moisture on the discs.

  • Sport suspension and Volkswagen’s Adaptive Front Lighting System optional
  • 16-inch wheels standard
  • 17- or 18-inch wheels optional
  • New chrome window trim standard

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. The Passat has an electronic parking brake, and the driver faces a four-spoke tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

  • Simulated leather seat trim standard
  • Leather upholstery available
  • Air conditioning, CD stereo standard
  • Optional navigation system with iPod connectivity
  • Optional park assist

Under the Hood
Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder develops 200 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic that incorporates Tiptronic manual gear selection can team with the four-cylinder engine. The Passat is no longer available with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine or all-wheel drive.

Safety

  • Six airbags standard, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags
  • Rear-seat side-impact airbags optional
  • Adjustable head restraints standard; front seat restraints are active
  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard brake assist
  • Standard electronic stability system

2009 Passat Wagon
Like the sedan, the 2009 wagon is available in only one trim level: Komfort. That includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 200 hp and 207 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic that incorporates Tiptronic manual gear selection works with the engine.

The wagon provides increased cargo space: 35.8 feet compared to the sedan’s 14.2, however it is listed as being .2 inches shorter than the sedan. A power liftgate is standard on wagons.

The Passat wagon has all the same standard safety equipment as the sedan, as well as optional side-impact airbags for the rear seats, as does the sedan.
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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 3.5
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 3.4

Most recent consumer reviews

1.7

Complete piece of junk

I will NEVER buy another Volkswagen vehicle in my life! This car has been nothing but trouble from the beginning and I can't depend on it.

5.0

This car can constantly handle being driven hard

If you need a car that you can drive all day long and pass by gas stations the Passat is the answer. If you want style and not to worry about performance this is the car for you.

3.0

Unreliable and EXPENSIVE Repairs

I bought a used 2009 Passat at 4 years 65K, ALL Maintenance Records. 1 week later, CEL. Clogged PVC replaced $400 at dealer (3 month, 3000mile warranty not covered. 7K later overheated, on side of road, needed water pump. $1200 at non-VW specialty shop. VW dealer $1800. about 6 months later water pump failed. Shop replaced and told me they used silicone sealant around top of pump. Showed me tech blogs that part was defective but no VW recall. Also showed tech blog, TSB's about timing chain tensioners breaking, walnut carbon cleaning needed so I could make decision to save up or get rid of it. During that year, Valve cover oil leak, $1400 at Dealer (Speciality shop too booked). LAST STRAW was fuel pump running with ignition turned off. I first thought it was turbo fan as tired and late at night. Next morning, battery dead. Called AAA, He jumped battery started car, turned off and said sound coming from back. Happened in a car he had, fuel pump. I disconnected battery at night so it would start in AM. Called Dealer as recall came out that week, BUT NO FIX. Insisted they give a loaner until fix or think of something. They gave a loaner while in shop about 1 week. Tech bypassed circuit wiring for temporary fix. Seemed to work, but obviously not reliable. Traded in. This year 2020, received notice part of Class Action against VWA, faulty Water Pumps. I bought because of GOOD reviews. I might as well bought a BMW. NOW have KIA Sportage, transmission stuck in gear. KIA fixed under warranty, which is great as when it happened again, they replaced transmission. AND when it happened again, KIA is buying back...Next looking at Acura RDX or Telluride.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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