2014 Volkswagen Passat

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2014 Volkswagen Passat
2014 Volkswagen Passat

Key specs

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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

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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 design 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


Great Buy

We bought this VW Passat for our daughter’s 16th birthday, excellent interior design, it’s safe, reliable, great value for the money, and she loves it!!!!


Reliable and good gas mileage

The car was great and comfortable good on gas mileage has enough room for 5 people enjoy 😉 using the car for transportation to Outings


Costly repairs, poor design

Too many problems to list. Timing chain jumped a couple teeth causing catastrophic engine failure. No check engine light to warn of impending doom. This is a very very common issue with the passat which is known by VW and they refuse to address it. I was a VW/Audi tech for 7 yrs and have lost faith in this brand. Complete junk.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
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
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