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2014 Volkswagen Passat

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$20,845

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

26

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

191.6” x 58.5”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Comfortable, composed ride
  • Roomy cabin, especially backseat
  • Cabin quality

The bad:

  • Steering lacks road feel
  • Hesitation with optional dual-clutch transmission
  • V-6 needs premium gas

24 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • New turbo 1.8-liter gas engine
  • Available diesel engine
  • Optional Fender stereo
  • Built in America

2014 Volkswagen Passat review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2014 Volkswagen Passat?

The 2014 Volkswagen Passat is a full-size sedan with seating for five. It's offered in five main trim levels: S, Wolfsburg Edition, SE, Sport and SEL Premium. All versions have front-wheel drive. Competing sedans include the Honda AccordToyota Camry and Kia Optima, among others.

What's New on the 2014 Volkswagen Passat?

For 2014, the Volkswagen Passat gets a 170-horsepower, turbocharged gas 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, replacing the 2.5-liter five-cylinder. The SE and higher trim levels now get a backup camera, and the SE also comes with two-tone seats. The Sport trim is new to the Passat lineup.

Volkswagen's Car-Net telematics system is also available and includes roadside assistance, crash notification and stolen vehicle assistance. Speed alerts, a vehicle health report and an improved point-of-interest service for the optional navigation system are also included withCar-Net. Car-Net's features can be managed via a smartphone app or web portal.

How Does the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Compare to Other Full-Size Sedans?

The Passat isn't particularly techy or eye-catching, but it's practical, competitively priced and roomy. One of its biggest selling points is its spacious backseat with 39.1 inches of legroom. To put that in context, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima offer 34.6 inches and 34.7 inches, respectively.

What Features in the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Are Most Important?

Under the hood of the 2014 Passat you'll find a 170-hp, turbocharged gas 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Two optional engines are available: a 140-hp, turbo-diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 280-hp, gas 3.6-liter V-6. The gas engines can run on E15 fuel. Available transmissions include a six-speed automatic, a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Significant standard features include 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, a CD stereo with auxiliary input and Bluetooth streaming audio, cruise control and a 60/40-split, folding backseat. Available options include a power moonroof, foglights and a navigation system.

The Passat also comes standard with antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both front and rear seats.

Should I Buy the 2014 Volkswagen Passat?

Overall, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat offers good value for families. Interior quality is impressive, as is passenger space throughout the cabin. On the road, it delivers a comfortable, composed ride, although the steering lacks road feel. There's hesitation from the optional dual-clutch automatic transmission, and if you opt for the V-6, plan to purchase premium gas.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.5
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

A real diesel for longevity with proper maintenanc

To all the "whiners" out there (detailing mechanical issues) "after" 100,000 miles. You don't let ANY brand of car go without "scheduled maintenance at or around 90-100,000 miles. Look at your maintenance book that came with the car. (ALL) cars have an expensive scheduled maintenance plan. If you buy a new 2024 its gonna have a $100-300 inspection and a mechanic bill of $150-175/Hr labor before parts. Some of you sound like you're suppose to be able to buy a perfect car that will never need maintenance. Really??? sheeesh. Buy an extended warranty and a new(er) car. You're the worst kind of driver to review any car. This brand is often nicknamed the "million mile" car bc it can go that far with "scheduled maintenance" of the engine wear items and oil changes. Can your Honda or Hydaui go that far??? I challenge you as a 4 VW car owner from the 2006-2014 to beat this brand of engine on highway mpg and engine longevity. Go do your homework and stop whining. My 2006 VW diesel still going at 325,000 and my 2014 Passat Tdi still going at 147,000 with the engine pistons and rings just getting seated at 90000-100,000 miles. You don't know what that means but as a diesel tech I can tell you it means it just getting its first break in period on its longevity of the engine parts. Farfenugen baby. Go VW!!!

3.0

Buy at your own risk

2.5 stars is more accurate because it’s a 50/50 car. I bought one used around 100k miles no accidents. Did it look nice? Yes. Was it comfortable? Yes. Beautiful interior, nice and sleek exterior and a car that gets pretty good gas mileage, all things you looks for. Here’s where we went wrong: The internals. Sure this car performs great when it’s running, and that’s what suckers you into buying it with ease. But after a short amount of time owning it, timing chain goes out. Learned this was a common issue and while it was a pain (and expensive) it was manageable. Well then it starts leaking oil so you fix that. Then the turbo starts cooking off oil and breaks. Before you know it the engine goes and now you’re 7k in repairs on a car you probably paid 15k or less for. To make my personal situation worse I totaled it within a month of it finally running like when I first bought it. It’s a buy at your own risk. Me personally? Not worth it and comes with plenty of issues and expensive repairs. At the same time, I’ll miss it. It’s arguably one of the more comfortable, nicer looking, and higher performing (when running) sedans on the market. Buy at your own risk.

3.0

Good car, but not reliable.

I bought 2014 passat four years ago and was driving for a while. During that time, i had to fix such a lots of things. Everytime I went to volkawagen center, they required 200 dollors to test what's wrong there. Then I spend more than 3000 dollors during that time, but sometimes not everything was fixed.

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Safety

Based on the 2014 Volkswagen Passat base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
5
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
5
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
10.7%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Maintenance
24 months/24,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-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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