Our Opinion - 2022 Volkswagen Passat Review

Volkswagen’s Passat has fallen by the wayside as the company focuses more on SUVs. It lacks many of the recent updates that other models in the stable have received, and as a result, it has to make due with an analogue instrument cluster and a last-generation version of Volkswagen’s infotainment system.

In spite of the Passat’s sluggish acceleration and on-road dynamics, it creates a relaxed ride and a spacious cabin. The odd measurement makes it difficult to control the Passat when bringing it down from higher speeds, and the brake pedal feel is still a source of frustration.

In addition to the standard features of the new Limited Edition trim, buyers may want to consider another model in Volkswagen’s lineup that has received more attention.

  • S trim is no longer available 
  • 18” wheels, leather leather seats, heated seats in the backseat and power passenger seat are just some of the new Limited Edition’s features.


  • Cabin with plenty of space
  • The trunk is quite large
  • The benchmark adaptive cruise control


  • Improved brake pedal feedback is needed
  • Out-of-date infotainment technology
  • More sluggish than competitors

It used to be one of Volkswagen’s best-selling cars, and now the Passat is coming to an end. There has been no new model since 2012, when it managed to win the MotorTrend Car of the Year award, and this one is based on the same platform. The most recent major update to the Passat was in 2020. If you’re looking for a smoother ride, a huge trunk, and a roomy interior in a midsize sedan, look no further than this vehicle.

A turbo engine 2.0-liter inline-four from Volkswagen is the only engine option for the Passat. When compared to the power delivery of its rivals, it performs poorly because it is designed for easy, relaxed driving.

The 6 automatic transmission contributes to this lack of performance in part by having gearing that is too long and shifting that is slower than other transmissions currently on the market. With an EPA-estimated 24/36 mpg city/highway, the vehicle’s fuel economy is adequate.

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For the Passat’s final year, the midsize sedan comes standard with a slew of driver assistance features. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and forward collision warning are all included. Automatic wipers and high beams are now included as standard equipment after Volkswagen discontinued the entry-level S trim. 

Flexible front lighting front and reverse parking sensors sensors are included in the Limited Edition trim.

Even though the Passat is one of the earliest midsize sedans on the market, the Passat has a lot of room for cargo and legroom. In comparison to the Honda Accord’s 21.4 cubic feet, this trunk is 15.9 cubic feet.

The Passat is a disappointment when compared to other VW models, much less its competitors. It has a 6.3-inch infotainment display, which is smaller than the 8.0-inch display found in other Volkswagen models. There is still a stark black-and-white display between both the tachometer and speedometer, highlighting the Passat’s recent decline in performance.

A total of 3 USB ports are included in the Passat’s base configuration as standard. When it comes to sound, the SE model now comes standard with six speakers; R-Line models and Limited Editions get upgraded Fender premium sound systems.

Limited Edition models, which start at just over $31,000, are the best bet for those hoping to get their hands on this vehicle before it can be retired. These models are loaded to the brim, with a slew of special features. 18-inch wheels and LED headlights to adaptive front lighting are standard on the Passat Limited Edition. It has front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free trunk opening feature, and power folding mirrors as standard equipment.

Volkswagen’s premium Fender audio system and its nine-speaker infotainment system now include navigation. Leather seats, a heat source and front rear seats, power-adjustable passenger seat, and a driver-seat memory system round out the interior improvements.

In total, Volkswagen will produce 1,973 Passat Limited Edition models. Volkswagen sold the Passat in limited quantities in four color schemes, each of which represents an important milestone in the Passat’s history. Here’s a breakdown of the rationale for each one:

  • As a nod to Chattanooga’s area code, 423 models will be made.
  • As a tribute to the original Passat “production code,” 411 will be produced in Aurora Red metal oxides over Titan Black leather.
  • Perfect Pearly over Mauro Brown lambskin: 524 pieces will be made to commemorate the start of production on May 24, 2011, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

615 units represent “6 generation after generation of imported Passats, one century assembled in Chattanooga, as well as five decades of sales in the United States.”

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