2014 Volkswagen Passat

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Volkswagen Passat. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    170-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2014 Volkswagen Passat

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

2014 Volkswagen Passat Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Passat family sedan reflects Volkswagen's bigger and bolder styling direction, which consumers may also recognize in the Jetta sedan. They look similar, but the Passat is larger than the Jetta and has a larger footprint than the previous-generation Passat. With seating for five, it competes with midsize sedans like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Kia Optima.
New for 2014
The Passat's new 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.8-liter gas four-cylinder replaces the car's 2.5-liter five-cylinder. It appears first on SEL trims and spreads to other versions later in the model year.  SE and higher trim levels now have a backup camera, and SE models can also have two-tone seats. A Sport trim level has also been added to the lineup.


Volkswagen's Car-Net communication system is also available for the Passat. It includes services like roadside assistance, crash notification and stolen vehicle location assistance as well as boundary and speed alerts, a vehicle health report and an enhanced point-of-interest service for vehicles with navigation. All Car-Net features can also be administered by a smartphone app.
Exterior Highlights

  • Standard 16-inch wheels; 17- and 18-inch wheels available
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available fog lights

Interior Highlights

  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • CD stereo with auxiliary input and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-lite...
Vehicle Overview

The Passat family sedan reflects Volkswagen's bigger and bolder styling direction, which consumers may also recognize in the Jetta sedan. They look similar, but the Passat is larger than the Jetta and has a larger footprint than the previous-generation Passat. With seating for five, it competes with midsize sedans like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Kia Optima.
New for 2014
The Passat's new 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.8-liter gas four-cylinder replaces the car's 2.5-liter five-cylinder. It appears first on SEL trims and spreads to other versions later in the model year.  SE and higher trim levels now have a backup camera, and SE models can also have two-tone seats. A Sport trim level has also been added to the lineup.


Volkswagen's Car-Net communication system is also available for the Passat. It includes services like roadside assistance, crash notification and stolen vehicle location assistance as well as boundary and speed alerts, a vehicle health report and an enhanced point-of-interest service for vehicles with navigation. All Car-Net features can also be administered by a smartphone app.
Exterior Highlights

  • Standard 16-inch wheels; 17- and 18-inch wheels available
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available fog lights

Interior Highlights

  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • CD stereo with auxiliary input and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter gas four-cylinder engine
  • Available diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 140 hp
  • Available 3.6-liter gas V-6 makes 280 hp
  • Gas engines can now run on E15 fuel

Safety Features

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Kudos to German Engineering

by LauraB Funko Fan from Dallas, TX on August 22, 2018

I have never before owned a Volkswagen. I wasn't even considering one when I went looking to replace my Honda Civic. Maybe because I didn't know much about the brand or thought a VW was out of my ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love this car, handles great

by VWdriver from New York on August 15, 2018

The car drives great on the road. It is a sedan, but feels very sturdy and safe. All the features are high end and AC works amazingly well. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Volkswagen Passat currently has 6 recalls

IIHS 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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volkswagen

Program Benefits

100+ point dealer inspection, 2 years of 24/7 roadside assistance, CARFAX Vehicle history report, and three-month SiriusXM All-Access trial subscription

  • Limited Warranty

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    *See owner’s literature or dealer for your vehicle’s warranty coverage, exclusions, and limitations.
  • Eligibility

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    Vehicles receive a 100+ point inspection and reconditioning.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker