2007 Volkswagen Passat Expert Review

You'll Like The 2007 Volkswagen Passat If...

If you appreciate the typical distinctions associated with European sedans - tangible and intangible - you might consider the Passat to be one of the best values on the road.

You May Not Like The 2007 Volkswagen Passat If...

If its driving dynamics or design distinctions don't make an impression on you, there's little reason to choose the Passat over benchmarks like the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.

What's New

No major changes for 2007.

Interior Features

Inside the Passat you'll find a combination of style and refinement unmatched by any of its non-premium competitors. Quality materials and dynamic design combine in a passenger cabin that's at once both relaxing and energetic. Leatherette seating gives even the base model an upscale feel that cloth rarely delivers. Interior trim options include wood, aluminum or composite materials. Neat features include an electronic key and electronic push-button parking brake, plus a cleverly placed umbrella holder and two cooled storage compartments. The optional Dynaudio sound system is excellent. Rear-seats offer generous legroom, and a 60/40 split seatback functionally extends the Passat's already deep but narrow trunk. Sport Package extras include sport seats and a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Exterior Features

With similarities extending from their tall, V-shaped chrome grilles all the way back to their nearly identical taillights, never before have the Passat and Jetta shared such a strong family resemblance - even though the larger Passat effectively projects itself as the more sophisticated older brother. The Passat is also bigger than the last-generation car, measuring three inches longer and three inches wider. Wheel options range from 16-inch covered steel wheels to 18-inch alloys. The big VW badge placed prominently on the back doubles as the trunk release.

Driving Impressions

If above all else you're seeking insulation from the realities of the open road, the Passat might leave you feeling a bit exposed - it is neither the smoothest-riding nor the quietest car in the category. Still, we remained comfortable after hours on the road. We liked the 280-horsepower V6 but were especially impressed by the 200-horsepower 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder that's more responsive than traditional turbocharged engines. We haven't had a chance to drive the six-speed manual, but the six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission was very good and especially reactive in its sport mode. As is characteristic of European sedans in general, the Passat behaves with stability and predictability at high speeds and low. Perhaps most significantly, the all-new Passat is wholly successful in being exactly the car it wants to be.

Pricing Notes

Passat pricing ranges from a base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $23,820 to more than $40,000, with V6 and all-wheel-drive models starting at $30,820 and $32,770, respectively. Compared with most of its non-premium Japanese and domestic competitors, the Passat is indeed pricier - even though our Fair Purchase Prices have reflected real-world transaction prices $1,000 to $1,500 shy of MSRP. Look beyond the badges, however, and the Passat can be a bargain compared to many higher-end sedans with which it can go head-to-head in several areas, save prestige. In terms of resale (an important factor to consider when comparing vehicles), we expect the Passat to hold its value nearly as well as the most resilient competitors at both ends of its wide price range.

Notable Equipment

Even base Passats feature an impressive list of standard equipment that includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, six-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, single-zone climate control, AM/FM/CD-MP3 sound system, leatherette seats, power locks/mirrors/windows (one-touch up/down in front), cruise control, comprehensive trip computer, umbrella holder, keyless entry, cooled storage, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, electronic push-button parking brake, tire pressure monitoring system, 16-inch covered steel wheels and a hill-hold function that prevents roll-back during hill starts. Standard passive safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags plus crash-active headrests and seatbelt pretensioners. Active safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes (ABS) plus stability and traction controls.

Notable Options

The Passat's list of optional features is almost as impressive (or daunting) as its standard equipment list. Powertrain options include a 3.6-liter V6, six-speed automatic transmission and newly revised 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Other trim-level, package and stand-alone options include rear-side airbags, navigation system, power glass sunroof, six-CD changer, Dynaudio sound system, burled-walnut or brushed-aluminum trim, leather seating, multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, 10- or 12-way power front seats, heated front seats, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, foglights, heated wiper nozzles, self-dimming rearview mirror and manual rear sunshades. A new sport package includes a stiffer suspension, deep sport seats and a three-spoke steering wheel with Tiptronic shift levers.

Favorite Features

Dynaudio Sound System

The optional 10-speaker sound system, the first in-vehicle endeavor by Dynaudio (a well-regarded Danish speaker outfit) is one of the best we've heard.

Sport Package

Offering a stiffer suspension, lower ride height and deep sport seats, the optional sport package makes the Passat even more of a driver's car.

Under the Hood

We really liked the Passat's new, more powerful V6 engine, but came away even more impressed by the new four-cylinder turbo that provides plenty of power along with highway fuel economy of more than 30 miles per gallon. Six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are also new, as is the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system that now operates as a front-wheel-drive unit until extra traction is needed, thereby reducing fuel consumption. The 4MOTION system is available only in combination with the V6, while the manual transmission is available only with the 2.0 turbocharged engine. Zero-to-60 miles per hour times range from 6.2 seconds to 7.4 seconds, according to Volkswagen. The sport suspension option isn't offered on 2.0 turbocharged models.

2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged

200 horsepower @ 5100-6000 rpm

207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800-5000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 (manual), 22/31 (automatic)

3.6-liter V6

280 horsepower @ 6200 rpm

265 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 (2WD, automatic), 18/26 (AWD, automatic)

Editors' Notes

Volkswagen's midsize Passat has moved upstream in both size and price, leaving the new Jetta to do battle in the sub-$20,000 price range. The Passat now competes with the top-of-the-line Accord and Camry models, along with such sporty sedans as Nissan's Maxima. Loaded with features - some unavailable on the competition - and offered in both sedan and wagon forms, the Passat continues to be the most affordable way to enjoy true German engineering without breaking the bank. A smooth and powerful turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers excellent fuel economy and V6-like acceleration powers the base model. Those seeking a bit more power can opt for a potent, but pricy, V6. Toss in an interior fit for an Audi, and you have a compelling reason to go VW.

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The family-friendly Passat.

My family has had our Passat for about 6 years now! We started off leasing it before we fell in love with it and decided to buy it. Out of all the 6 years we've had the car, it has only been to the shop twice. The first time was due to a technical malfunction with the car, while the second was because of the accelerator. Our Passat is comfortable and spacious, and is perfect for our 4 kids. All our kids have learned to drive with this car and all have passed their drivers test due to the cars accessibility. It is reliable and performs well, giving my family very few problems.

- Candace J

I highly recommend the Volkswagen Passat.

My 2007 Volkswagen Passat is the 4 cylinder turbo Wolfsburg edition. It has great acceleration and hugs the road when speeding through curves. It is a lot of fun to drive. I love the heated leather seats and sunroof. It has only had one major mechanical issue. There was a problem with the oil pump that resulted in the engine having to be replaced at 98,000 miles. Fortunately this was covered by the extended warranty. It now has 196,000 miles with no major issues. I love this car and would definitely buy it again!

- Melissa P

Leather Black 2007 Volkswagen Passat Lux FWD 6 Speed Automatic

The check engine light is always on, and I took it to someplace to fix it and they fix it but it keeps going on.It's rather see it's very comfortable and very roomy the trunk is big and the windows are tinted which is awesome. I also has a sunroof power And cruise control. I would definitely go on a road trip to the other side of the United States in a car she is dependable and safe

- Erin P

A luxury car in a station wagon shape.

Lit had a few recalls and a worn belt which is costly to repair, but it is a sturdy car otherwise and very comfortable to be in and drive. Only real issue with interior is lack of an aux. It is a simple and easy car to drive and a very smooth ride, and just has a few things that need to be taken care of in my case to have a great car.

- Autumn S

The car is basically out of whack.

The ac doesn't blow cold, it goes into the wet road mode and will not let me accelerate when the road is completely dry, it overheated when there was plenty coolant and good oil, it drives rough, brakes are bad, the passenger window will not go up sometimes, and the back driver side door will not unlock with the key fob.

- Ashanti J

Comfortable. Small. Economical.

The vehicle is very comfortable to drive. It is economical. It very smooth and easy to drive. It does have some issues with some recalls. But aside from I love it. It is not much of a family car because it is small. But it is comfortable for a single person or someone without kids. Or maybe with not that many kids.

- Rose M

Die hard VW fan: my review of my 2007 VW passat.

Pros: my vehicle is beautiful, reliable and powerful. Leather interior, air conditioning, sunroof, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, cruise control, cargo cover - retractable, power seat adjustment, rear window wiper, full size spare tire. Cons: expensive to maintain, average gas mileage.

- Angela V

Basically a good running car. Reliable and economical gas mileage.

Looks good. Has plenty of room and power. Rides smooth. Good on gas mileage. Wish that it had all wheel drive. Relatively comfortable on long trips. Tires are a little hard to get not every place stocks them and relatively more expensive. Seems like have to buy a lot of parts from Volkswagen.

- Sherry G

The one exception being a gas leak.

I most recently purchased the vehicle and can not make a full evaluation of the car. It does have 130k miles on it and I expect a few problems which is has had. All and all if the problems are limited to those I have had so far I'd say it has been a rather good experience.

- Jeff S

Passat is a sturdy family vehicle.

This car is working well for my family and has a huge trunk for a car! It handles nicely in the snow and icy conditions we get in Wisconsin. We are always happy to work with the local VW dealership for any needed repairs although it honestly has not given us any trouble.

- Sam G

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