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2017 Volkswagen Passat Overview (See Available Styles)

  • 4-cylinder and V-6 engine options
  • Available Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility
  • Additional standard safety features
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is a mid-size sedan with turbo 4-cylinder and V-6 engine options. It competes with Mazda Mazda6, Honda Accord, and Hyundai Sonata. This year, it receives additional standard safety features and a V-6/SE trim model.

Four trims are available: the S, SE, SEL Premium, and R-Line.

Unlike other mid-size sedans, the Passat has more conventional, understated styling. The front grille stretches out to align with the headlights end-to-end. The outer edges of the front fascia are slightly flared out for more visual interest. A long, sleek body line extends across the side from the headlight to taillight. Power side mirrors with turn signal indicators and 16-inch alloy wheels come standard. Heated side mirrors, a rear spoiler, and LED lighting for the headlights and daytime running lamps are also available. The R-Line trim has sportier exterior styling and unique 19-inch alloy wheels.

Under the hood, the Passat is powered by a 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. A more powerful 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 is also available paired with a manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy for the 1.8-liter model is an EPA-estimated 23/34 mpg city/highway. It lowers to a 20/28 mpg rating for the V-6 model.

Inside, the Passat has a premium cloth interior with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The center stack houses a standard MIB II infotainment system, which includes a 5-inch display, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and a USB port. It can be upgraded with a larger 6.33-inch display, an integrated navigation system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, and Car-Net App-Connect services for roadside assistance, crash notifications, stolen vehicles location assistance, and speed/boundary alerts for parents with teens. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows/locks. Leatherette seating, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, power/heated front seats, heated rear seats, and push-button start are available as well.

The Passat earned a full 5-star overall crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard. Available features include a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 20 - 23 MPG
  • Highway: 28 - 34 MPG

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Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

130 of 133 (97%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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