Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,842 - $29,495
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
31 City / 43 HWY
Horsepower
140-280
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,842 - $29,495
Used Fair Market 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...

2012 Volkswagen Passat Owner Reviews

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125 Reviews
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My car is comfortable and it has Bluetooth! Yay.

2012 Volkswagen Passat

I just bought my car so I haven't had a bunch of time with it but so far it is been great. The gas mileage is amazing especially with the gas prices nowadays. It does great on long distance drives which is great for me because I drive long distance often. It is super comfortable and I love how it has Bluetooth for my music and so I can answer the phone handsfree. Also even though it is a small car the truck has a bunch of room and the backseat is extremely roomy. The only downside is that I live in an area that snows a bunch in the winter and I am afraid that it will not do good in the snow since it is front wheel drive. Other than that it is a reliable car and great purchase.

- Jackie H

My overall experience with the dealer and vehicle would keep me with them.

2012 Volkswagen Passat SE

I have had trouble with faulty airbag once since owning this vehicle. The overall feeling of performance I have not been disappointed with this car at all, handling is very good with adequate tires. Fuel consumption while commuting or traveling is guaranteed 30+ mpg. Reliability has not been an issue for me, I get regular service when the car is due and haven't had any trouble. My vehicle has the leather option and during long trips I have never felt uncomfortable driving or being passenger as well as being an average height I still have adequate legroom in the back seat. My vehicle came almost basic features but I haven't been missing anything.

- Steven H

The awesomeness of German engineering.

2012 Volkswagen Passat SEL

The location of the manifold absolute pressure is problematic. It usually catches oil, hence the engine light is on most of the time. You can easily clean and fix it yourself, but it is usually a time consuming task. Since it is a German brand's car, the design is for Germany's (or most parts of the Europe's) road/climate conditions. So, you may not have the same performance during summer. In cold weather, it works perfectly. On humid days, the belts usually expand, hence they make noises because they are loose than they should be. The interior is absolutely perfect. The console is easy to use. My next car will be definitely a passat.

- Cassy U

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$5,842 - $8,089
$29,495 (MSRP)

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
140 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L MPFI DOHC 20
2.0L DOHC 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

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.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control

Dual Zone

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Accessories

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

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
3166 - 3221 lbs.
3397 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
140 hp

Torque

Torque
177 ft. lbs.
236 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
lbs.
lbs.

Turbocharged

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
5 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 gal.
18.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
27 mpg
35 mpg

City

City
22 mpg
30 mpg

Highway

Highway
31 - 32 mpg
40 mpg

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*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