2014 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Reviews

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2014 Volkswagen Passat
4.5
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Serious automobile

by from Elgin, TX on November 2, 2013

I have owned only 1 other VW, a bus in 1970. This is like a fresh breeze. Great handling, outstanding mileage, extremely spacious and comfortable backseat, awesome Fender stereo system and very helpfu...
I have owned only 1 other VW, a bus in 1970. This is like a fresh breeze. Great handling, outstanding mileage, extremely spacious and comfortable backseat, awesome Fender stereo system and very helpful and friendly VW Carnet folks to help with navigation (downloads directions directly to the navigation system). Just went from Austin, TX to Grand Island, Nebraska and back and averaged 45.3 mpg over the entire trip. Turbocharged diesel engine is wonderful, almost too peppy and I simply set the cruise on 75 (2100 rpm) and let it run. Great trip - wonderful car. Would recommend to anyone wishing to travel in comfort and get great mileage at the same time.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Long Term Rental

by from Rochester MN on February 20, 2015

I had a 2014 VW Passat Wolfsburg edition for a few thousand miles, while my Jeep was in the shop. The Passat has all the design and styling cues of a bar of soap. It didn't help that the one I drove ...
I had a 2014 VW Passat Wolfsburg edition for a few thousand miles, while my Jeep was in the shop. The Passat has all the design and styling cues of a bar of soap. It didn't help that the one I drove was white, but as it will never win a beauty pageant, it will also not turn you off. The one thing that does bother me is how much it resembles a Jetta. VW could have called the Jetta XL instead of splitting the Passat into regular and CC models. Overall I like the look of the car, I prefer subtle. Even on the cheaper version I drove the interior was decent. The drivers seat kept my backside happy for 7 hours in one particular trip, which is uncommon for ANY car. The rear seat is very spacious and oddly enough, the seats are comfortable there also. The technology although intuitive seemed dated and in need of a refresh, I guess that upgrade comes with the CC model. My two complaints regarding the drivers position were the steering wheel and its lack of tilt. Yes it had it, but I would have preferred to come down more toward my lap. The other was the power mirror controls. I did not like the placement and the control stick felt like it was going to snap off when I touched it. The ride and handling were smooth, there was ample power out of the hole and passing. Even with out cruise set, inconsistent speeds, and passing I was getting right in the ball park of what VW MPG estimates were stating. There were a few times at lower speeds that the engine had an unfavorable sound. It never affected the response but just a sour note when pressing on the pedal made me cringe. Over all, I like this vehicle a lot. I would consider one as my next purchase but I really need AWD or 4 WD and the 3.6L version offers nothing more than horsepower.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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TDI SE Pretty Good but Things to Consider

by from Pacifica, CA on April 3, 2014

Generally a good car and I'm happy with it. Just a few comments that potential buyers may want to consider. The diesel engine, though clean and quieter that other diesels, is still a diesel, and has t...
Generally a good car and I'm happy with it. Just a few comments that potential buyers may want to consider. The diesel engine, though clean and quieter that other diesels, is still a diesel, and has that distinctive diesel clacky sound mainly at low speeds. I suggest test driving it with the windows down and driving at low speeds or up hills. Also, there's a slight diesel smell that follows the car when I pull it into my garage. In hindsight I might have preferred the regular engine and given up the additional 6 mpg had I really noticed these things. Also, the Passat is a pretty big car - bigger than some other mid-sized sedans. You might want to also check out the Jetta. I wish I had, but that being said, I do love the quality, the stereo, and the highway driving performance. Also, as CR notes, the transmission is a little quirky at low speeds, but not a big deal. Good luck.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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NoGoTurbo

by from Iowa on February 22, 2015

New 2014 Passat TDI SEL. Turbo went out at 12,650 miles and is currently in the shop. I was provided a loaner. After looking online I notice this is a common issue with the Passat. I feel VW should ex...
New 2014 Passat TDI SEL. Turbo went out at 12,650 miles and is currently in the shop. I was provided a loaner. After looking online I notice this is a common issue with the Passat. I feel VW should extend my warranty. Several consumers report this as happening more than once with under 50,000 miles. Frustrated.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Disappointed

by from Minnesota on March 30, 2015

No new car owner should have to sit in a dealership for 2 hours after work with a car that only has 10,000 miles on it only to find out if you put any other windshield washer fluid OTHER than the blue...
No new car owner should have to sit in a dealership for 2 hours after work with a car that only has 10,000 miles on it only to find out if you put any other windshield washer fluid OTHER than the blue it will cause sensor to stay on showing its low. German engineering has cost me thousands of dollars and hours I can never get back. Do yourself a favor and but a Honda or Toyota
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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2014 VW Passat

by from Riverside, Nj on January 14, 2016

What is going on with the electronics? Drivers side door stays locked, lights dim, automatic car door lock does not lock now! My car is 2 yrs. old. What happened? Anyone having electronic issues??
What is going on with the electronics? Drivers side door stays locked, lights dim, automatic car door lock does not lock now! My car is 2 yrs. old. What happened? Anyone having electronic issues??
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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Not below 20F

by from St Paul, MN on March 1, 2015

Owned 2014 TDI Passat SE for 16 months. Great mpg in summer and ok in Minnesota winter...the big drop in gasoline prices took the shine off of the great mpg though. Great cargo capacity and can carry ...
Owned 2014 TDI Passat SE for 16 months. Great mpg in summer and ok in Minnesota winter...the big drop in gasoline prices took the shine off of the great mpg though. Great cargo capacity and can carry 1000lbs--good for a 4 cyl. Like the looks. Great room in back seat for 2 people and a kid. its a dog in Drive gear but Sport gear takes care of that and then some! The Automatic DSG manual shifting option is intresting but dont think many will use it...nice to have. BUT: has way too many, scary, cold weather problems. Got through first winter with only the ADBLUE solution freezing solid..did not turn off the key so did not get stranded--software fix seems to have done the trick. Then recall for the Turbo failures caused by lack of oil and an aggressive warm-up program in cold weather---software fix and 10 year/120,000 mile warrenty extension. Then cranked over but would not start at -25F...found a 380CCA battery under the hood...amazing! I don't think that they even sell batteries in Minnesota under 600CCA. If your winters get below 20F buy this with eyes wide open---diesel is not for people who ignore the oil warning light! :) Like the open rims but packed snow gets in there too easily and throws off the balance. Rear window defroster is under powered. Also kind of surprised that my 1998 Park Ave. had a few better features with radio and climate control. Had a problem hitting the accelerator when pressing the brake down too far so i watch where i keep my foot---first time in 10 cars i had this problem. Drivers seat not the greatest for wide shouldered people..seen worse. Dealership and VW have been great about all of the problems...so far anyways...
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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air bag terrible design

by from chicago on January 15, 2015

avoid this vehicle if you live in the real world. twice in 10k my passenger seat has popped up an error code claiming electrolytes were splilled into the seat. first time was fixed by manufacturer sec...
avoid this vehicle if you live in the real world. twice in 10k my passenger seat has popped up an error code claiming electrolytes were splilled into the seat. first time was fixed by manufacturer second time im SOL. they want 1500!!!! to repair it, which i cannot afford nor am i willing to fork out the money just to have it happend 5k later. This is a company that wont admit they have a faulty design. I dont believe that in 2013 nor in any year spilling anything on any kind of seat should cause this huge of a problem Terrible design
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Does not recommend this car

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Wonderful

by from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl on June 27, 2015

I am really happy with my new car. It came with very low mileage and in perfect condition and the price was exceptional. I love driving this car and I hope to have it a very long time. It has a very s...
I am really happy with my new car. It came with very low mileage and in perfect condition and the price was exceptional. I love driving this car and I hope to have it a very long time. It has a very sophisticated look and it is very roomy.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Best Birthday Gift EVER!

by from Tulare, CA on May 2, 2016

We bought the Passat TDI for family vacations. Kids love the roomy rear seat, with the pass through to the trunk. Sound system can drown out even the crankiest of kids! Love the navigation system a...
We bought the Passat TDI for family vacations. Kids love the roomy rear seat, with the pass through to the trunk. Sound system can drown out even the crankiest of kids! Love the navigation system and the rest of the interior amenities. We can get 700 miles in a tank of fuel. Cons: There is a lag time for the electronics. Back up Camera tends to stay on for a few seconds after you have left reverse and are already going forward. Hands free device seems to have lag time also, but nothing that has frustrated us!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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