2017 Passat

Consumer Reviews

2017 Volkswagen Passat

$10,806 - $18,466  MSRP Range
2017 Volkswagen Passat

Review Score

4.8 out of 5 stars

4.8

169 Reviews
95% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.8 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.8 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.7 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.8 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.6 out of 5 stars Performance
4.7 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

What a follow up to the TDI

by teachscience from Southern NJ on Wed Feb 08 2017

The V6 smokes! A very nice wolf in sheep's clothing. The SEL Premium has all the bells and whistles you might want (and some you don't) in a new car today. Handling is solid, brakes are good, and the engine... Torque and HP to spare in every situation.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

its great for what you are getting

by vwfan101 from Bethlehem, PA on Tue May 02 2017

definitely buy it because it will be worth it and if you get the v6 then it has a lot of juice too. The technology that is n this car is amazing, in the sel the lane assist function is great and works all the time.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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1 out of 5 stars

It's has damage

by Discerning from Philadelphia on Sun May 31 2020

Wynn should note slight damage on the right back door and quarter panel. It's been damaged, fixed and painted. Take a close look at wheel well and you will see overspray

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Great ride !

by Hammer from Pitman NJ on Wed Mar 15 2017

Passat with tech package ! Rides great and to me a good looking car with a lot of bells and whistles!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Does recommend this car!!

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1 out of 5 stars

This is a Great Vehicle with lots of features.

by Stagray44 from Birmingham, Alabama on Mon Nov 20 2017

If you haven't reviewed the2017 Passat, you need to test drive One as soon as possible. This is and excellent vehicle, a lot of bang for the buck.

1 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
1 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
1 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Nice practical sedan

by dianadupre from San Diego, CA on Tue Apr 30 2019

It handles well. The only real issue I’ve had consistently is with the Apple Play. It doesn’t sync 20-30% of the time. There was a slight mechanical issue and my inspection light went on when actually I wasn’t due for a service for another 4000 miles. All in all it’s a nice ride.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Does recommend this car!!

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2 out of 5 stars

Parts replaced before car was 9 months old

by Bhall from Baltimore Maryland on Fri Sep 08 2017

This vehicle has engine light issues It's not comfortable, no power on passenger Seat, poor customer service from corporate office , no car should have to have parts Replaced before firsts year of ownership

2 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
2 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Does not recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Best purchase

by Shannon Smith from West end NC on Thu Jul 06 2017

Great car, good horsepower, roomy, good gas mileage, I would definitely steely recommend to a friend/family

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Great deal!

by Nacole Sears from Lost Creek, WV on Thu May 18 2017

We are very happy with our choice of style and color. We look forward to making many memories with this vehicle.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Popular car, need some improvements

by Theo from Montreal on Wed Mar 18 2020

I was excited when I got my brand new 2017 Passatt. Great look outside! What improvements I suggest: 1. Brakes. Afters 40 000 kmI had to change disks and pads, not covered by VW 2. Seats. For a long ride 2000 miles from Canada to Florida, was killing my back and legs, and all passengers complained about the seats 3. There is no usb port for the passengers in the back 4. There is no AC control in the back 5. No LED lights 6.Dificil to warm up the windshield in the winter

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 2017 Volkswagen Passat

The verdict:


Multimedia system updates, a slew of new advanced safety features and lower fuel costs make the refreshed 2016 Volkswagen Passat much more attractive, even if its styling changes go largely unnoticed.

Versus the competition:


The Passat remains one of the roomiest and best-driving mid/full-size sedans. Updates where they were most needed keep the 2016 competitive, though its mileage is beginning to trail even though it went up this year.

Editor’s note: This review was written in January 2016 about the 2016 Passat, but little of substance has changed for this year. To see what’s new for 2017 click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. To read the full review of the 2016 Passat, click here.

When it was introduced, the current-generation Volkswagen Passat sedan won Cars.com’s top award, the Best of 2012. The midsize-priced, full-size sedan aged well, and the 2015 took third place against nine competitors — most of which had been redesigned more recently — in our $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge. For 2016, Volkswagen’s product planners left well enough alone and improved only what... Read More