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2014 Volkswagen Passat

2014 Volkswagen Passat

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$9,132 — $16,344 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
23-35 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2014 Volkswagen Passat exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Volkswagen Passat
  • New turbo 1.8-liter gas engine
  • Available diesel engine
  • Optional Fender stereo
  • Built in America

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

4.6
125 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

all ways something breaking

by Richard007 from Plant city on August 10, 2020

worst car I ever owned don't waste your money on German junk you be in the repair shop getting this car fixed over and over again for the same thing. Read full review

(5.0)

I love my car

by Yvonne from Montpelier Vermont on August 2, 2020

My car is amazing .. comfortable , pretty and reliable .. and spacious .. couldn’t have been sold anything better .. love my car . Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Volkswagen Passat currently has 9 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Passat received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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