2012 Volkswagen Passat User Reviews

2012 Volkswagen Passat Review Ratings

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PROS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"big space" 4 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"driver" 2 reviews
"awd" 2 reviews

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ladylikesVW writes:
2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium Review
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5

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I like rare cars, I'm not into the dime a dozen variety.
This car turns heads.

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A bit long, harder to parallel park.
The exterior is a bit bland but it has staying power. I chose to add the sport package, now it looks as awesome as it is !

ladylikesVW
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This Lady Loves Vw ! — Owned a 95 Golf, 2002 Altima (garbage), 2005 Jetta, 2008 Passat. This is my 4th VW. I've never had "reliabilty" issues that all the VW haters love to rant about. Every manufacturer has a lemon so get over it. My Golf was going strong at over 350k until it was totalled in an accident. I'm a 30-something women with 1 child, 2 dogs. I don't do soccer mom SUVs so sedan are my thing. When I heard VW was slashing $7000 off the price of the Passat I nearly had a stroke. I was certain they were going to cheapen it down to the level of all the other sedans to compete with the rest of the pack. Let's face it most people will sacrifice quality to save a few bucks. Every time I purchase a vehicle, I seriously shop around, Mazda, Acura, Toyota, good grief, they can't even compare. The interior fit and feel of a German car cannot be beat. I always go back to VW, I think I want a change until I see what's out there and I return to what I know is the best value for my money. Sure I bought the top line model but I still paid $20,000 less than an a similarily tripped out Audi A6 with the same features. The new Passat screams class without being pretentious and that works best for me. Additionally, VW has been great to me and my family, their service has been exceptional, I cannot ask for more.....

Primary Use: Family transportation

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LagunaVeedub writes:
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Review
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5

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I own the TDi with the DSG transmission. I love the ultra quick shifts and the incredible torque of the diesel engine. The fuel mileage is nothing short of amazing: On the highway I easily get 47 Mpg and with a bit of luck and effort I get over 50 Mpg highway.

The Fender sound system is the best I have ever had in a car. The sound is so clear that I can pick out instruments and voices I never knew existed in the music I listen to.

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My car came with Hankook tires and I find them to be pretty noisy when driving on rough surfaces

The GPS navigation radio is very slow. It seems it has a slow CPU and I guess that's why it is so slow to respond to any input.

LagunaVeedub
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Fantastic Mileage, Power And Handling — Overall I love this car. I love the diesel engine and its amazing torque. I love the DSG transmission and its super quick shifts. I love the amazing fuel mileage. I use the car as my daily driver and for work. My job involves seeing customers all over southern California and this car is prety close to perfect for my needs. It is roomy (I am 6'2) and is the only car in many years that I have been truly comfortable in. There is plenty of leg room and head room for me, and if I get in the back, I sit extremely comfortably in the back seat with the front seat adjusted the way I need it. The car is maybe not a true sports sedan but I never expected that it would be. It cruises very very comfortably on the freeway and when I want to "play" a little on tight back roads, the steering tightens up very nicely with good response and the car feels very very stable and solid through turns. The sound system sounds really fantastic with clear, powerful sound that is just a joy to listen to. The only downsides I have found so far, is the GPS navigation system is generally slow (has a slow CPU) and the tires that came on my car are noisy when driving on rough roads.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Planeman writes:
2012 Volkswagen Passat S w/ Appearance Review
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Very solid feeling car, excelent standard features for amid size car in this price bracket.  The voice activated Bluetooth is outstanding, the base audio system is very impressive.  The interior room is amazing, so much more room than a Camry or Accord.  Ride and handling are impressive and so very quiet ont the freeway.  Free maintenance for 3 years/36,000 is very nice.

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Nothing yet, I have less than 50 miles on the car.  I am a little concerned about the reliablity of a 1st year production on a completly new design, but I will give them the benifit  at this point.

Planeman
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Knocked My Socks Off!! — I just purchased a new 2012 VW Passat! It was a totoal impluse purchase on the way to the Toyota dealer to look at the new Camry. One drive and I was completly impressed by the ride, quality, and price. What you get for the price puts this in comparison with BMW 5 series and Lexus. The quality and features are outstanding, hopefully the reliability is there down the road. I have always avoided the 1st production year of a new design, but I could'nt pass on the Passat. I got mine for $23, 222 after having to bury back in $800 on my 2006 Sonata, but I it was worth it. I did get to go driove the 2012 Camry and while it's a very nice car, to get the features I have on the Passat I would of had to spend another $5k. This is my 1st VW purchase and I am very impressed with not only the car, but the dealer. There was very little pressure when I said I could make a deal until I drove the Accord and the Camry. They said "no problem, we're not worried, you will be back", and I was back, within an hour after driving them both. VW is on a mission to win market share and they needed a mid size family to do it. With the new 2012 Passat they are on the way, one convert at a time.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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christycritter79 writes:
2012 Volkswagen Passat SE PZEV w/ Sunroof and Nav Review
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5

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Beautiful car great handling and gas mileage.

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No known negatives

christycritter79
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Great Value And Sexy!! — There is not too much not to like about this vehicle, all of its reviews and receive 5 stars for just about every category.the car is one of the most cleanest emissions vehicles in the country let alone the world world.And at 32 miles per gallon what's not to love about that

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Chrismax writes:
2012 Volkswagen Passat SE w/ Sunroof and Nav Review
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4

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Roomy

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Missing some safety features found in other cars....blind spot, back up cam, lane departure

Chrismax
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Good Family Car — Good gas mileage, lots of room for a family. 2012 model year did not have back up cam or rear seat a/c vents which is a must with kids in the back seat. would recommend the Passat. Carefree maintenance for 3 years has been great, just show up every 10K miles and no charge for service.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Pennman88 writes:
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE w/ Sunroof Review
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5

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Gas mileage and roominess!

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No AWD

Pennman88
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Looks Good And Drives Great! Exceptional Gas Mileage!! — Terrific family car if you don't want and SUV! Tons of room through the car and is drives great! The TDi provides exceptional gas mileage!! Given that VW also makes Audi, I would have love to have seen this car with AWD, but overall, I am very satisfied with this vehicle - great value for the money.

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Jay writes:
2012 Volkswagen Passat SEL Review
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Great fuel economy and German luxury

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wish it was available in AWD, but that would be an Audi, at an Audi price.

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Like An Audi, But Much Less Money — You can see the family DNA here. It looks and feels like an Audi, at much less money. An amazing amount of luxury and performace for the price, and 30+ MPG. Autobahn safe, but not autobahn fast. The nav system is good with the Sirius Travel link (provides realtime traffic data and re-routing). And the Fender sound system is better than any Bose or Harmon Kardon system I have had before.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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kelewele writes:
2012 Volkswagen Passat SE w/ Sunroof Review
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4

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Great family car, lots of leg room. Fuel efficient.

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Need to have home link standard not optional in this centry

kelewele
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Sweet Machine — Liked everything so far. I have only had it for 3 months with no issues. Ride is smooth and fun. Could use a little bit more power when accelerating. Safety windows are nice to have. Great hands free phone system.

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Nick_99 writes:
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Good handling.  Torque helps the 170 hp engine.

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Driver seat needs to be more adjustable on SE model

Nick_99
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New Passat Great Addition To Vw Line — The 2012 Passat has been a great car the first 14,000 miles. Great gas mileage on the road approaches 33 mpg and the torquey 170 hp 5 cylinder gives plenty of pep for most. VW handles well, and has plenty of room for all but the very tall. Anyone set on a Toyota Camry or Chevy Impala, Honda Accord, needs to take a look at the new Passat.

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The passat has looks great and has plenty of room inside, particularly for the back seat passengers.  It also has nice trunk space and ample storage in the passenger compartments.  I like the little things like a sunglasses holder and a specific space in the glove box to hold the owners manual.

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The drivers seat has an almost constant squeaking sound. I have taken it twice to be repaired but the dealership has not been able to fix it.

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Bad Choice — Avoid this car - purchasing this car was a huge mistake for me as I cannot get Vista Volkswagen to stand behind the product and repair the defective seat. Each day I drive this car I am disappointed. Choose any other vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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One Of The Best Sedans On The Road. By Ventura

I've driven a lot of cars and this is one of my all time favorites. The Passat TDI even as a base car comes nicely loaded, the SEL has some added luxuries that make longer drives even nicer. The inter... Read More

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

3d Passat And No Wonder! By nedm

This 2010 is truly the last of the good performance Passats. VW blew it with the underpowered 2012+. It is simply a blast to drive. The 2.0L turbo w/ 200 hp is amazingly responsive and FAST! No wonder... Read More

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2009 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Audi Styling & Handling At Vw Pricing. By skyhawk182

Couldn't be happier with the Passat Wagon. Large storage use, handles like a dream and wonderful styling inside and out (but of course the 2012 version has been dummied down to look and drive like a ... Read More

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Great quality car VW has really outdone themselves. It is very responsive and has great power especially in the 3.6 version. Handling is great for the size of the car. It is funny to race people in... Read More

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Reviews

Vw Is Amazing By tallfrothy1

LOVE THIS CAR!! Its sleek and and has much more pickup than im used to in a sedan. Would recommend this car to anyone who wants something fast as well as stylish. Gas mileage is a con but not a deal b... Read More

Awesome And Clean By Tiff5516

I bought this car after having a 5 series BMW, and I have to say I was pretty impressed with how it drove and how comfortable it was. I was of course nervous it would be a nori bile downgrade, but it ... Read More

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