Though it has been passed on to by the Germans, people often think of the Passat as one of the quintessential American sedans. With a sleek design and tons of room in the back unlike most sedans in its class, it’s one of the best family-style sedans around. Though it may never take any top sedan awards from the Accord or Camry, it is still an automobile that deserves all of the praise it can get.
A Brief History In Production – The VW Passat
The Volkswagen Passat has been in production since 1973. Though the Passat was originally made to parallel the design of the Audi 80, they currently have their own design.
Technology and Design of the VW Passat
The 2019 Passat has two different models: Wolfsburg and SE R-Line, each of which uses a 2.0L four-cylinder engine. The Wolfsburg has 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, and a 6.3” infotainment system on top of the standard technology.
The standard technology includes forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and automated emergency braking. The SE R-Line comes complete with everything mentioned above, as well as top-tier trims.
Seven Generations of the VW Passat
- First Generation VW Passat (1972-1984)
The first-generation Passat was available in two, three, four, and five-door versions. It featured a four-cylinder OHC 1.3L engine. By 1984, the headlight had changed from round to rectangular.
- Second Generation VW Passat (1984-1988)
The second-generation came with the addition of a three-vox saloon. Top-of-the-line versions of the car received 1.9-2.2L VW engines.
- Third Generation VW Passat (1988-1996)
The third-generation lacked a grille, which was reminiscent of older Volkswagen models with rear engines. This was the first transverse engine layout in the realm of Passats.
- Fourth Generation VW Passat (1997-2006)
The fourth-generation Passat was equipped with a front-wheel-drive system and was based on the B5 platform. By 2002, the car had a 4L engine with 275 horsepower, though they also introduced a 2L turbocharged 136 horsepower model in 2004.
- Fifth Generation VW Passat (2006-2010)
By the fifth-generation, the car was equipped with a variety of brand new Passat features, including a DVD navigation system, a keyless start engine, and a DVD/Navigation system.
- Sixth Generation VW Passat (2010-2015)
The sixth-generation Passat featured a totally reworked exterior with a Scirocco-like grille and a sharper, more aggressive body.
- Seventh Generation VW Passat (2015-Present)
By 2015, the car was completely refreshed with new LED headlights and tail lights. It now features the VW MIB II infotainment system and Car-Net connectivity.
The VW Passat In the News
In recent VW news, the new VW Passat GTE is now available for order. This modern VW is a plug-in hybrid with a high-electrical range battery. Learn more about it below!
Celebrity Endorsements of the VW Passat
Though it’s more of a family car than a celebrity car, there are a few famous fans of the VW Passat, including musician Jasmin Wagner and athlete Tanja Szewczenko.
Best VW Passat Groups
There is no better place to discuss Passat love than Passat World!
The VW Passat – The Family-Size Car With A Mid-Size Design
German engineering is some of the best around, and when you can get it in a vehicle that is affordable and easy-to-drive, it is like having your cake and eating it too. Here is to another few decades of Volkswagen’s best sedan, the VW Passat!