2012 Volkswagen Passat Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,359 - $12,216
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
31 City / 43 HWY
Horsepower
140-280
Seats
5
Color:  Tungsten Silver Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,359 - $12,216
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
31 City / 43 HWY
Horsepower
140-280
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.1 Overall Score
Performance 4.0 Comfort 4.0 Styling 3.8 Value 4.1

Editor's Overview

The previous edition of the Passat was simultaneously too small and too pricey to be a big hit in America, but VW has changed all that with the 2012 Volkswagen Passat. Now built in the U.S., the new-edition Passat offers more interior space, a lower price and the option of a highly economical turbodiesel engine.

Volkswagen Passat Models & Trims

SEL Premium $8,957 - $11,872
Horsepower: 170 hp - 280 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5, Gas V6
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17, 18 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
S $6,359 - $8,602
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 16, 18 (in.) - Alloy, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE w/Sunroof & Nav $7,992 - $10,675
Horsepower: 170 hp - 280 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5, Gas V6
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17, 18 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE $7,078 - $9,555
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17, 18 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE w/Sunroof $7,078 - $9,555
Horsepower: 170 hp - 280 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5, Gas V6
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17, 18 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SEL $8,483 - $11,228
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17, 18 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
TDI SE $7,933 - $10,772
Horsepower: 140 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Diesel I4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17, 18 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
TDI SE w/Sunroof $7,933 - $10,772
Horsepower: 140 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Diesel I4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17, 18 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav $7,933 - $10,772
Horsepower: 140 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Diesel I4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
TDI SEL Premium $9,211 - $12,216
Horsepower: 140 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Diesel I4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
S w/Appearance $6,359 - $8,602
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Gas I5
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 16, 18 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.4

89 Reviews

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Volkswagen Passat: Long-lasting, Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

I drive a manual Volkswagen Passat. I really like this vehicle. It drives much more smoothly than other manual cars I've owned in the past. It has a great sound system with a Bluetooth feature and an AUX input. The interior is simple but functional. I've had very few problems in terms of maintenance. The car has almost 100k miles on it and I have not yet had to replace the rotors, only the brake pads. My only complaint is that oil changes are a bit expensive because it requires 6 quarts of full synthetic. Overall, it has been a great car!

- Laura T

Volkswagen Passat is a great car!

When having to fix a Volkswagen I have heard it's a bit pricey, but as long as you keep update to it, keep it on check it should all be well. I really like that it is a very spacious car unlike other models/makes. Lots of space in the front and back seats. Great family car. Super comfortable. It also runs very smooth. You can connect any device through Bluetooth instead of using a cable. A Volkswagen Passat is a very reliable car. Really recommend it.

- Gabriela S

The gas mileage is absolutely fantastic. I only fill up every two weeks.

I have found the Passat to be very reliable and the only complaint I have is the tire sensors. All four have gone bad meaning that on my dash I have a low tire warning, but as a poor college student I find that the price of fixing the sensors outweighs getting rid of the warning. I personally love the hands free Bluetooth and have found that to be a very useful feature.

- Brennan C

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$8,957 - $11,872
$6,359 - $8,602

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 - 280 (hp)
170 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L MPFI DOHC 20
3.6L DOHC MPFI 24
2.5L MPFI DOHC 20
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Standard
Not Available

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Not Available

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Not Available

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Standard
Not Available

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.4 (in.)
42.4 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.3 (in.)
38.3 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.1 (in.)
39.1 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.8 (in.)
37.8 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.9 (cu. ft.)
15.9 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Not Available

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Standard
Not Available

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Not Available

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Not Available

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Standard
Not Available

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Standard
Not Available

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Not Available

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Steel

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/45HR18
P235/45HR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.4 (in.)
110.4 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.4 (ft.)
36.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
191.6 (in.)
191.6 (in.)

Width

Width
72.2 (in.)
72.2 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3221 - 3446 (.lbs)
3166 - 3221 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 (hp)

Torque

Torque
177 (ft. lbs.)
177 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder, 5 Cylinder
5 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 (gal.)
18.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
24 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

City

City
20 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
28 (mpg)
32 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Not Available

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Driver-side Overlap Front N/A
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (6)

Recall Mar 17, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 17, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V125000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Passat vehicles manufactured January 2011 through November 2012. In the affected vehicles, the low beam headlight bulb may become loose and lose electrical contact.
Consequence:
A loss of low beam headlights may reduce the driver's visibility and increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the bulb holder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagens recall number associated with this campaign is 94G8/7V.
Fuel System, Diesel Apr 4, 2012
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 4, 2012
NHTSA Campaign:
12V146000
Summary:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 PASSAT VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 18, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 1, 2011. DURING ASSEMBLY, THESE VEHICLES WERE BUILT WITH A DIESEL FUEL FILTER ELEMENT THAT MAY NOT SEAL CORRECTLY.
Consequence:
OVER TIME, OR AFTER CERTAIN DRIVING DISTANCES, THESE VEHICLES ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FUEL LEAKAGE. LEAKING FUEL, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, MAY LEAD TO A FIRE.
Remedy:
VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DIESEL FUEL FILTER ELEMENTS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
Engine And Engine Cooling, Power Train May 11, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
May 11, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V309000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2012-2014 Passat vehicles, equipped with diesel engines and Direct-Shift Transmissions (DSG). The vehicle's underbody heat shield may not be long enough to protect the right half-shaft grease boot from heat, potentially resulting in a grease leak.
Consequence:
If the leaking grease contacts a heated surface, such as the exhaust system and/or the diesel particulate filter (DPF), it could increase the risk of fire.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driveshaft heat shield, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2017. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 23W5.
Unknown Or Other May 16, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
May 16, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V329000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2012-2016 Eos, 2012 Passat, 2012-2016 CC, 2015 e-Golf, 2011-2015 Touareg, 2012-2015 Tiguan, and 2011-2016 Golf and 2011-2013 GTI vehicles. Modifications made while the vehicles were in an internal evaluation period may cause the affected vehicles to not comply with all of the applicable regulatory requirements.
Consequence:
If the vehicles do not meet all regulatory requirements, there could be an increased risk of a crash, fire, or injury.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles to make them fully compliant or Volkswagen will repurchase them if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 13, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
Air Bags Feb 10, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 10, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V078000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Golf and Jetta SportWagen, 2007-2010 Passat sedans and wagon, 2012-2014 Passat sedan and Eos, 2009-2014 CC, 2009-2012 Audi Q5, and 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflators, free of charge. Volkswagen issued an interim notification to owners on April 12, 2016. Volkswagen owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Audi owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
Air Bags Aug 4, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 4, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V483000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan, 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta, 2011-2014 Golf and GTI, and 2011-2013 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag.
Consequence:
A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.

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