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Things We Like in Passat
  • Tech loaded; 3-zone climate control, touchscreen infotainment, Park Assist, 360-degree camera
  • Great long distance cruiser, the powerful engine manages the high speed effortlessly.
  • 5-star safety; 9 airbags, ABS, ASR, EDL, ESP, 360-degree camera and more
Things We Dont Like in Passat
  • Lack of petrol engine on offer
  • Interior looks similar to the other Volkswagen cars, so the cabin lacks the wow factor
  • Not as practical and spacious as its rival Skoda Superb

Volkswagen Passat Colors

Passat is available in 5 different colors - Glacier White, Deep Black, Reflex Silver, Light Brown and Oak Brown - Volkswagen Passat.

  • Glacier White

  • Deep Black

  • Reflex Silver

  • Light Brown

  • Oak Brown - Volkswagen Passat

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Review of Passat

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety


Volkswagen Passat is one of the most popular vehicles sold worldwide. Lately, executive sedans in India aren’t exactly setting the sales register ringing with more and more buyers inclining towards similarly priced SUVs. However, despite the fact, Volkswagen came up with a bold decision by reintroducing the all-new Passat in the segment. After launching it in the international market in 2015, the German auto giant has finally introduced the 2017 Passat in the Indian market as well. After so many speculations, Volkswagen introduced Passat in the standard powertrain rather being the hybrid one. After a brief break from the Indian car market, Passat is back in its third avatar. Internationally, the Volkswagen Passat is in its eighth generation. The new sedan is based on the MQB platform that makes it a second Volkswagen car in India after Tiguan SUV to get the newer platform.
Taking a glance at the exterior design, the Volkswagen Passat is a well-proportioned vehicle. It features the right styling bits that provide the vehicle a strong road presence. At the front, Passat gets large radiator grille with more chrome with the headlights flowing into it. On the sides, Passat boasts of 17-inch alloy wheels while the remaining profile is reminiscent of the older version with understated looks and the chrome strip outlining the windows. The rear is pretty identical of the last gen model but now gets sleeker and more stylish LED tail lamps. Dimensionally, new Passat is 2mm shorter, 12mm wider and 14mm lower and gets 79mm longer wheelbase as compared to its previous model. The car comes in vibrant shades such as Oryx White, Deep Black, Pyrit Silver, Atlantic Blue, Black Oak Brown and Mangan Grey.
The interior profile of the Passat is as simply designed as its exteriors. The fit and finish is the department where it impresses the most, each and every part of the plastic material is top notch. The wood inserts and Nappa leather upholstery makes it feel like it belongs to a more expensive vehicle category. The steering wheel is the same unit from Polo while the door handles, window switches and HVAC unit is shared from the Tiguan and Jetta. In terms of equipment, Volkswagen Passat gets 12.3-inch TFT digital instrument cluster and touchscreen unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other comfort features include Keyless Access, Climatronic Air conditioner with 3-zone climate control, tyre pressure monitoring system, Park distance control, Voice command control, cruise control and Park Assist.
The Volkswagen Passat has been launched with the tried and tested 2L diesel engine in the country. It’s 2.0L TDI diesel mill is capable of generating the power output of 177PS and the peak torque of 350Nm. The powertrain comes mated to 6-speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission. Passat returns the ARAI certified mileage figure of 17.42kmpl. Sadly, there is no plug-in hybrid variant available at present due to the increase in GST tax structure.
As we know that Volkswagen Passat is a premium car, we can expect the vehicle to be loaded with advanced safety features for the passenger’s protection. The safety net includes 9 airbags, Electronic Stability Control, ABS, ASR, EDL, Auto-hold function, Hill Start Assist, seat belt reminder, front underbody guard, Lockable wheel bolts with anti-theft protection and ISOFIX for child safety.
In India, Volkswagen Passat is available in only two variants Comfortline and Highline. The vehicle has been priced quite competitively in order to churn some sales in the segment. Its 2.0 TDI AT Comfortline variant is offered at the price tag of Rs. 29.99 lakh. While, on the other hand, it’s higher model 2.0 TDI AT Highline is tagged at Rs. 32.99 lakh. Volkswagen Passat goes up against the rivals such as Skoda Superb, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.


The cabin though has been given an all-black theme; the carmaker has tried to keep things sober here. You will not find the cabin flashy but the amount of attention given to details is certainly appreciable. The old school look can be seen in the form of an analog clock at the centre and ornamental wooden work across the dash, all which livens up the cabin. The quality of plastic isn’t soft touch but the finishing is smooth and the same can be seen on the nicely stitched door grips and leather seats that increase a sense of premiumness. The metallic engine start/stop button looks rich and pleasing to the eyes.
The dashboard features a single panel incorporating the air cons. The steering wheel is the same unit working in Polo hatch while the controls for HVAC, window switches, and the door handles are lifted from Jetta and Tiguan. Coming to the comfort, the cabin offers very supportive seats which can surely make long distance travel a memorable experience. Even 6-footers won’t find any reason for complaints. The seats at the front are electrically adjustable and can be heated too, sadly there is no cooling functionality.
The driver seat comes equipped with two memory settings as well as massage function. While many people would buy this car to be chauffeur driven for enjoying a comfortable experience at the back seats, sadly, the rear seats lack massage function. However, 3-zone climate control ensures you set the air flow and the temperature as per your preferences. Although Passat is no match for the limousine-like space in Skoda Superb, there is an ample amount of legroom and knee room for the occupants. And the 586L of boot space is a plus point while the practicality is further enhanced with the 1152L of space its gets by folding the rear seats.
Coming to the tech and equipment, the new Volkswagen Passat offers touchscreen infotainment unit powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment also offers a plethora of information such as ‘Think Blue Trainer’ which rates the driving style, boost pressure gauge, lap timer, and G-meter. You may think the cabin is understated but the stuff such as hands-free park assist, 360-degree camera, sunroof and ambient lighting will compel you to change your mind. And if you really want to feel like a boss working on the laptop, there is a proper 230V AC socket for that at the rear besides a regular 12V power outlet and 2 USB sockets.
The two pod instrument cluster with coloured multi-information display offer customizable readouts giving information on ambient temperature, current time, odometer, gear position, traveling time, gear position, average speed, and distance travelled. Other features in the car include keyless access, electrically operated boot and auto-dimming interior mirror. Overall the cabin feels impressive and cozy.


The new Passat definitely looks more striking than its predecessor, especially when viewed from the front. It seems it has finally shed that chubby looks and adopted a sleek body. This experience comes from the flat bonnet, flowing horizontal chrome lines on the grille and the slim headlights. The sharp creases at each corner of the bonnet just lift up its muscular appeal. The car is 94mm short of platform partner Skoda Superb while the wheelbase is also 55mm less. On the flipside, Passat has matured in dimensions as it is now 2mm shorter in length and comes with an increased wheelbase of 74mm as compared to its predecessor.
View the car from the side and you might think if this really an updated car. To give the car a stronger look, the company has given sharp creases known as ‘Tornado Line’ running across the door handles. The 17-inch wheels are in-line with the understated design. The chrome strip lining the windows and the way window line tapers towards the C-pillar reminds us of the earlier version. The strong coupe roofline and the prominent shoulder line enhance the appeal.
From the rear, the new Passat is evolutionary. The boot overhangs appear less bulky. The tail lights have been given sharp cut with a net-like effect surrounded by LEDs. Rest the design remain minimalistic with a large brand logo and badge. Overall, the car undoubtedly looks classy but lack the needed elegance of a luxury sedan.

Mileage Running Cost

The company claims that the fuel efficiency has been enhanced. The new Volkswagen Passat can deliver ARAI certified mileage of 17.42kmpl and to achieve this figure, the onboard Think Blue Trainer will prompt you from time to time to alter your driving style.

Comfort Suspension

Confident and comfortable are the two words which describe the ride and handling on this machine. The car drives in a composed manner and the way it steers around the fast bends is really surprising. The steering has nice amount of weight and gets stiffer in the Sport mode.
The suspension set-up is like a typical European car. The vehicle gets McPherson strut upfront and multi-link suspension at the rear. Where small to medium road imperfections is perfectly gobbled up, the larger ones can still peep through the cabin. One can also use Comfort mode that would help smooth things right to some extent. Comfort level at the highways is beyond words with the broken patches is absorbed like a breeze.

Engine Performance

The new Passat sources its power from the 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI diesel engine with Turbocharger and Common rail direct injection technology. The powertrain pumps out 177PS and 350Nm of max torque, paired with 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. This is the same engine working in Superb and only engine available in India and sadly, no petrol option is there as opposed to its sibling. However, it’s the cruising that the passengers inside the Passat enjoy the most.
The car performs unruffled irrespective of urban driving conditions or freeways; the engine doesn’t feel out of place. The vehicle feels almost magical on highways with healthy power reserve assisting in speedy overtakes. The car begins to show its power from 1500 rpm and can rapidly make progress to redline set at 5400 rpm. The power delivery becomes sharper with the help of lightning fast and smooth gearbox.
The power delivery can be tweaked with the various driving modes that change the dynamics of engine, transmission, steering as well as damper properties. Where Drive mode is primarily for the city, it’s the Sport mode which makes the car a really fun to drive vehicle. There are also Eco, Comfort and Individual modes which suites different driving tastes.

Braking Safety

The all-round disc brakes are solid and the capability is confidence inspiring while putting the car on halt from high speeds. Even if the brake pedal is slammed at the triple digits, the Passat have no qualms in stopping in a straight line. Further, the braking system gets ‘auto hold’ feature which means you don’t have to hold the brakes in stationary mode.
The new Passat comes with a full suite of electronic aids. It is loaded with 9 airbags, ABS, ESC, ASR and EDL. It is further equipped with hill start assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, electromechanical parking brake, Park Assist, seat belt reminder, Electronic vehicle immobilisation device, ISOFIX child seat mounts and driver alert system among others.

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    Lokesh Jun 22, 2017
    Passat is excellent option instead of camry

    Great sedan with luxurious interiors. I was going to go for the Toyota Camry but decided against it and it was a very good choice. VW service for my car has been good. It has the latest tech and features. Compared to the Superb i like the looks better on the Passat. It has excellent engine performance as well. Read More

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    Arvind Jun 22, 2017
    Good Features

    The self parking feature on the car is very very cool. though it does miss parking at times. very comfortable car for the rear seat passenger. VW after sales are a pain and in and out of service station gives you a headache. Read More

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    Niranjan Jun 22, 2017
    Love this Car

    I drove this Car in US for last 10 years and it never gave me any trouble...not even once. It's a great-great car with a rock body and all the comfort one needs in this price range. I had 3 car accidents, other car was in bad shape but Passat hardly had a dent in it. I am in India Read More

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    RATAN Jun 22, 2017
    Beware and fall in Love

    Well i would like to make a few people aware who are interested in buying their Passat that the system that works with the Side rear view mirrors is a big pain in the behind. my friend experienced it abroad that the parts are hard to get and expensive when it comes to maintainance. But I am a big lover Read More

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    RATAN Jun 22, 2017
    about the design and the interiors of the cars regardinding indian roads

    please try to have a good imagination while running a car with a good tyres and good interiors too i am saying this because as u know about the roads in india. Read More

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