2016 Volkswagen Passat Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Black Uni
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$11,162 - $18,510
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
30 City / 42 HWY
Horsepower
150-280
Seats
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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.2 Overall Score
Performance 4.5Interior 4.3Comfort 4.2Value 3.8

Editor's Overview

Updated for 2016 with new style and tech, the segment's only European entry boasts excellent driving manners and exceptional roominess. Rear-seat legroom is class leading, the driving experience is both relaxing and satisfying, and with the tech upgrade VW's Passat becomes one of the first vehicles to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Volkswagen Passat Models & Trims

chevronDown icon 3.6L V6 SEL Premium $14,497 - $18,510
Horsepower: 280 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 1.8T SEL Premium $14,138 - $18,053
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 1.8T S $11,162 - $14,255
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 1.8T SE $12,822 - $16,373
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 1.8T SE w/Technology $12,822 - $16,373
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 1.8T R-Line $12,692 - $16,207
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 1.8T SEL $13,687 - $17,476
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 1.8T R-Line w/Comfort Pkg $12,692 - $16,207
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.0L TDI R-Line w/Comfort Pkg
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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My Passat is the queen of cars!

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My VW Passat is very quiet when I am driving. We went to Las Vegas and back from San Diego on one tank of gas. It is a medium size car and very easy to parallel park. It has room for grand kids in the back seat and has plenty of legroom in the passenger front seat. The windows automatically roll up and down with a push of a button. The steering wheel can be adjusted for the needs of the driver. We nicknamed our car Queenie. The grand kids like the name and love to go on trips with Queenie. Giving her a name personalise your car as one of the family. The grand kids don't want to ride in any other car because they do not have names. Queenie has soft interior cushy seats for long rides. Grand kids can nap while on long trips. The gas mileage is insane and the best mileage for any vehicle I have owned. Am in my 70s and have owned 10 cars in my life. Three of them have been Volkswagen vehicles. Several young adults have learned to drive with Queenie being the instructor. Now they all want a Volkswagen for their first vehicle. Queenie loves parking garages because she gets to park with other cars. Being social she makes friends with other cars and especially likes big trucks. The grandchildren who are now teenagers get to compare Queenie with all other vehicles by size, style, available colors, interior decor, driving ability regarding turning radius, wheel treatments, dashboard design, interior lighting, and ease of using the steering wheel. We have 16 grandchildren who may all become Volkswagen owners just because of their relationship with grandma's car, Queenie.

Linda S
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2016 Volkswagen Passat. Great family car, very spacious and great gas mileage.

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The performance on my 2016 Volkswagen Passat is out of this world compared to my previous cars. It drives like a dream. My particular model is turbo charged and you can be driving at 90 mph and it handles so well you do not even notice it until looking at the speedometer. The car handles the road incredible and in all driving conditions other than snow and that is only because of the location in which I live. The Passat has incredible gas mileage both city and highway. The cabin is very spacious and features a touch screen radio that is Bluetooth capable as well as USB and SD card slots. You can also use your phone through your stereo system. The sound system is wonderful and for someone like me who loves music, you would love this stereo system!! The trunk is super spacious as well and my favorite part is the trunk has a hidden button you can press to open it that way you're not shuffling all your stuff to try and hit the button on the remote. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this vehicle. I am 1000% happy with my buy. I hope you will be as well!!

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The gas mileage is great. I don't know the exact amount of mpg it gets, but with my 2010 Jetta I was refueling about once a week or so, whereas now I'm only refueling about once every 2 weeks of so.

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I love the technology options, from heated seats and controls on the steering wheel for radio and more, to Bluetooth and automatic controls for my seat. The moonroof is a great bonus, as are the center console bucket and rear middle seat pull down for an armrest and cup holders. The entire interior of the car and trunk are very spacious, and the leather seats are quite comfortable. The valet key to lock the glove box is great for keeping items safe when I have to leave them in the car, and the digital reminders are very helpful, especially when low on gas and it estimates how many more miles can be driven. The gas mileage is amazing, so I only have to refill about once every two weeks. Also, I love that there are digital numbers listed for the air temp and speed, so it's much easier to tell what each it. Lastly, the number of ports for phone chargers is extremely helpful.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$14,497 - $18,510

Horsepower

Horsepower
280 (hp)
150 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.6L VR6 280 HP Narrow
2.0L 150 HP TDI Diesel
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Alarm

Alarm
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Optional
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
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Power Steering

Power Steering
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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
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Leather
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
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Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
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Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
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Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
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Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Optional
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/45HR18
P215/55HR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.4 (in.)
110.4 (in.)

Turning Radius

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

Length

Length
191.9 (in.)
191.9 (in.)

Width

Width
72.2 (in.)
72.2 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3571 (.lbs)
3437 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
280 (hp)
150 (hp)

Torque

Torque
258 (ft. lbs.)
236 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 (.lbs)
100 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

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

Combined

Combined
24 (mpg)
36 (mpg)

City

City
20 (mpg)
30 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
28 (mpg)
42 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Optional
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Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
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Standard
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Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
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Standard
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Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

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Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Vw Car-Net Emergency Sos *
  • Blind Spot Alert Blind Spot Sensor
  • Front Assist w/Autonomous Emergency Braking and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Park Distance Control w/Park Assist Automated Parking Sensors
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Front Assist w/Autonomous Emergency Braking

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (2)

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Fuel System, Gasoline > Fuel Injection System > Fuel Rail Jun 5, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 5, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V403000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2016 Jetta vehicles manufactured October 31, 2015, to January 21, 2016, 2016 Passat vehicles, equipped with 1.8T engines manufactured November 13, 2015, to December 9, 2015, and 2016 Golf vehicles manufactured November 5, 2015, to November 11, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the fuel rail may detach from the cylinder head and result in a fuel leak.
Consequence:
A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, can result in a vehicle fire.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the cylinder heads, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 15F7.
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Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Power Assist > Vacuum Oct 25, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 25, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V705000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, Golf and Golf SportWagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the camshaft lobe that drives the brake vacuum pump may shear off, resulting in a loss of brake assist.
Consequence:
If the camshaft lobe shears off there would be a loss of brake assist, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen dealer will update the engine control module (ECM) software. The recall began March 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 23R1.

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