4.0 Overall Score
Performance 3.9 Comfort 3.9 Styling 3.7 Value 4.0

Editor's Overview

VW designed the 2014 Passat to be the ultimate sedan. It’s big enough to serve the needs of the family, while still sporty enough to satisfy most enthusiast-oriented drivers. Frugal buyers will appreciate the generous standard content and choice of fuel-efficient engines, including a clean diesel option.

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If you’re in the market for midsize sedan, but the budget demands the price remain competitive and the fuel economy high, VV’s Passat for 2014 is worth a look. It offers a number of engine and transmission choices as well as European road manners and the latest in electronic innovation.

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While the Passat does have a low base price, adding popular options can quickly move this midsize sedan into premium luxury-car territory. From a styling point of view, the Passat may be a bit too generic for some, especially when parked next to the Kia Optima or Chevy Impala.

What's New

For 2014, the VW Passat sees a number of improvements. A new 1.8-liter turbocharged engine will gradually replace the 2.5-liter unit as the base engine. VW’s Car-Net connected services will be offered on select trims, and a rearview camera is now standard on SE and higher trim levels.

Interior Features

The 2014 VW Passat isn’t flashy inside. Think clean lines and tasteful – but not overdone – chrome highlights. Lower-end Passats can look vanilla, but moving up to the Premium level adds an Autumn Nut Burl wood-trim detail that brings some visual interest to the cabin. Base S models come with standard cloth seating surfaces while Wolfsburg and SE models get V-Tex Leatherette, and SEL models receive the full leather treatment with suede-like “Dinamica” inserts. And on the subject of seats, thanks to the Passat’s longer wheelbase, rear-seat passengers now enjoy more legroom than in any other current midsize sedan.

Exterior Features

The 2014 Volkswagen Passat may not be as distinctive-looking as the Passats that came before it, but its clean styling should serve it well over time. It is sleek and subtly angular in appearance, sporting a 3-bar horizontal grille and pronounced side crease lines that draw attention to the sedan’s increased length. This length also allows for a more sizable trunk – with 15.9 cubic feet of space, it’s nearly a cubic foot larger than the trunk in the Honda Accord, which the EPA classifies as a large car.

Driving Impressions

Volkswagen upsized the Passat a few years back, a move intended to make it more appealing to Americans. However, despite its added size, the 2014 VW Passat has lost none of its appeal, both from a driver’s standpoint and a quality perspective. A 4-link independent rear suspension helps the car eliminate most road imperfections while still allowing the big sedan to hustle through twisting turns without drama. The new 1.8-liter turbo is a strong performer, offering the same horsepower as the outgoing 2.5-liter unit while providing more torque at a lower rpm. The 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, however, is our pick for performance and fuel economy, with enough low-end torque to shame some V6s. Beyond its numerous engine choices the Passat offers a comfortable, quiet interior built of high-quality materials and assembled to perfection. Segment-leading rear-seat legroom should make adults relegated to the back seat a bit happier about their station.

Pricing Notes

A base 2014 Volkswagen Passat S with a manual transmission carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $21,600. If you prefer an automatic, add another $1,100 to the bottom line. The TDI turbodiesel Passat spans a range of just over $27,000 (SE) to nearly $34,000 (SEL Premium). A fully loaded SEL Premium climbs past $34,000. The Passat competes in the crowded midsize segment, which includes heavyweights like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, as well as value-oriented rides like the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata. Check KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price to see what local transaction prices are running. In resale value, the Passat falls behind the Camry and Accord but bests the Optima and Sonata over time.

Notable Equipment

For just under $22,000, a 2014 Volkswagen Passat S sedan comes equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, hill-hold control, cloth seating, automatic dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a 3-year/36,000-mile maintenance program. Hoping for a USB port to plug your mobile device into? You’ll have to move up to the top SEL trim to get it.

Notable Options

With a lot of available options, packages and trim levels, it’s easy to equip a 2014 VW Passat the way you want. Noteworthy items include vegan-friendly V-Tex Leatherette seating, a Fender Premium audio system, an iPod interface and the quick-shifting 6-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission. For a little more oomph in your daily drive, a 3.6-liter V6 or the strong but frugal 2.0-liter 4-cylinder clean turbodiesel engine is also on the menu.

Favorite Features


VW’s choice of electric guitar icon Fender is appropriate, given the company’s long history perfecting the art of sound reproduction. The Passat’s available 9-speaker 400-watt system, developed in conjunction with Panasonic, is one of the best we’ve heard.


If you’re looking for power and fuel economy, VW is hard to beat. Whether it’s the high-mileage, high-torque TDI clean diesel, the economical 1.8-liter gasoline turbo or the potent V6, the Passat wants for nothing in the powertrain department.

Under the Hood

The 2014 VW Passat sedan offers four engine choices, which greatly affect the character of the car: a 2.5-liter inline-5 to be phased out over the model year, a new 1.8-liter turbocharged unit to replace the 2.5, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 diesel (TDI), and a 3.6-liter V6. There are four transmissions available: a 5-speed manual (with the 2.5, 1.8T), a 6-speed manual (TDI), a 6-speed automatic (2.5, 1.8T) and the DSG 6-speed dual-clutch automatic (TDI and 3.6). If how much you spend at the pump is important to you, you’ll be interested to know that the TDI can return a class-leading 43 mpg on the highway when matched with the manual transmission. To get comparable fuel economy in any other sedan, you’d have to move down out of the midsize segment.

2.5-liter inline-5

170 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm

177 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm

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

1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4

170 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm

184 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/35 mpg (manual), 24/34 mpg (automatic)

3.6-liter V6

280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm

258 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4

140 horsepower @ 4,000 rpm

236 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31/43 mpg (manual), 30/40 mpg (automatic)

Editors' Notes

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware that this vehicle's diesel engine is involved in a Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act issued by the EPA to Volkswagen for producing and selling 4-cylinder diesel cars that include a software device that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. The EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) determined that these diesel cars emit up to 40 times more pollution than emission standards allow. Recalls, investigations and litigation are currently ongoing.

The Volkswagen Passat for 2014 faces a number of well-received competitors including the new Nissan Altima, Honda Accord and Chevrolet Impala. To stay a step ahead, VW has loaded its base model with features most consumers want, and then added a robust line of trims, engines and options to help satisfy a wide variety of shoppers. Although the Passat doesn’t offer a hybrid or pure electric model, it does offer a diesel engine that, until the Mazda6 comes online, remains the only family sedan in the segment to do so. You can also get a manual transmission on a number of Passat trims, another olive branch to the driving enthusiast who needs to trade up to a more family-friendly ride. This roomy German sedan is so good, you'll find it on our list of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2014.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat is a good running car with great Bluetooth capabilities.

2014 Volkswagen Passat S

My 2014 Volkswagen Passat is a really good car. It runs real smooth and it is very spacious. When I first got the car, there were some issues such as bad tires, no oil change, bad brakes and a bad battery. The previous owner never got the car maintained so I was left with those problems. After getting those issues fixed, car started running great. But it seemed like gas was running out pretty quickly. After getting tune up, it started to run smoothly. Maintenance costs for this car is pretty expensive. My car has Bluetooth capabilities that I love. I can connect my iPhone and listen to music and YouTube. My car doesn't have the touch screen radio that some 2014 Volkswagen cars have. There is also a feature where there is a Siri like voice command system in the car where you can make phone calls, play music or play satellite radio. The dashboard shows you how many miles you have in gas and it shows you how many miles you have altogether. It also shows you the time and the weather. As previously stated, this car is spacious. You can pull driver and passenger seats back and slide both seats back and forth. This is an airbag above the radio. The air and heat runs pretty nice. You have knobs where you can adjust how strong it blows, how hot/cold it blows and where it blows. Defrost works a little slow but it's manageable. This is no sunroof on this car. It has two car port chargers under the radio and inside arm rest. The backseat is spacious. It's easy to attach car seats. Up to three people can sit in the back. There are child locks on both doors. All doors lock automatically once inside. If you leave keys inside the car or in the ignition, the doors will not lock. Trunk is very spacious. It had a spare tire with tools and jumper cables included.

- Pretoria H

Why I love my Volkswagen Passat. Fantastic gas mileage. Superb legroom.

2014 Volkswagen Passat

I love my car. It is the first Volkswagen I have ever owned. It gets superb gas mileage. It is a 4 cylinder but drives like a 6. When I am on those out in the country two lane roads I can pass fast and safe. It has outstanding back seat leg room. So I am told. Since I am driving. It handles like a dream. When I am driving the curvy roads of highway 7, the car takes then like a race car. Going the speed limit of course. It has good trunk space. Although the trunk is not too deep it does go back real far. There's enough trunk space to hold the luggage of 4 people. I love the heated seats. I only wish I had a heated steering wheel too. The sound system is awesome. I am hearing things in songs that I never knew existed. It also has a USB port in the glove box between the front seats. The granddaughter loves this since she can plug in her electronic games while she is seating in the backseat.

- Barbara P

VW passat - reliable family vehicle.

2014 Volkswagen Passat SE w/Sunroof

Vehicle is more spacious than our SUV, more than ample trunk space. Back seat is laid back to ensure leg room regardless of where the front seats are positioned. Vehicle drives smoothly and has decent acceleration. Sound system is sufficient. Would prefer front seat option to set settings for different drivers. Sunroof has screen that controls wind and limits noise when driving at high speeds. Gets great gas mileage, but costs a bit more to fill due to tank size. Simple maintenance has been easy to do. Being a foreign vehicle, non-routine maintenance can be pricey. Only issue I have had is that the motor to roll down driver side window has been contaminated and caused electrical issues, trunk popper was rolling down the window. Overall, car has performed better than expected, has been reliable, and I would purchase a VW again.

- Kevin M

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