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MSRP: $21,120 - $35,660
Invoice: $20,253 - $34,198
MPG: 24 City / 35 Hwy
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Volkswagen Passat Interior

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat earns praise from most auto writers for its simple, stylish interior and top-notch materials. Reviewers also appreciate the Passat’s exceptional rear-seat space and large trunk. Still, several critics wish the optional navigation systems responded faster to inputs.

  • "Underneath its clean but conservative exterior, the Passat boasts a comfortable and commodious cabin. Passengers in the back seats benefit from best-in-class legroom, and up front the dashboard is simple and elegant." -- Left Lane News
  • "The quality of the VW Passat's interior materials is among the best in the class. The overall cabin design is decidedly upscale while the layout of gauges and controls is refreshingly simple." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Passat's 5-passenger interior is roomy for sure (see above), but is otherwise tastefully understated. Base versions of VW's midsize sedan are rather plain with cloth seats and - gasp! - an audio system that doesn't boast a touch screen. Both of those facets are rectified as one climbs trim levels." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In our interior evaluation of the Passat, we awarded points for the upmarket look of the gauges and the precision feel of the knobs and levers, even if the materials aren't quite as nice as in older Passats." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Available features include leatherette upholstery, leather upholstery with suede inserts and power-adjustable heated front seats. Reviewers agree that the 2015 VW Passat has a very spacious cabin and a huge back seat.

  • "The Volkswagen Passat offers excellent passenger and cargo room in a very practical and comfortable package." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In back the Passat verges on full-size sedan dimensions as even 6-footers will have room to stretch out their legs." -- Edmunds
  • "You don't have to be an NBA player to appreciate the Passat's rear seat, but if you are this is the midsize sedan for you. Technically there are 39.1 inches of legroom back there, but beyond the numbers it feels like there's even more." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In the rear compartment, meanwhile, the Passat offers so much space that we think it's a viable alternative to large cars such as the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat comes standard with Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio input and automatic headlights. Available features include an iPod input, satellite radio, an upgraded touch-screen audio system, a Fender premium audio system, a rearview camera, a sunroof, remote start, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5-inch touch-screen navigation system and a 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation system.

Some automotive journalists think that the Passat’s navigation systems are easy to use, but others complain that they sometimes take too long to process inputs. Test drivers also say the navigation systems have difficulty identifying voice commands. However, reviewers think the Passat’s other controls are easy to use, and they add that its Fender audio system is one of the nicest-sounding in the class.

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  • "Our only significant complaint involves the optional navigation systems. The SE models have a lower-cost navigation unit with a small touchscreen display. You get a usefully larger screen in the SEL but we've found this higher-end interface is slower to process commands whether you're changing a radio station or entering a destination." -- Edmunds
  • "Every control is easy to reach and see; even the Passat's navigation system is a breeze to operate, although we found its voice controls had a tough time recognizing some inputs." -- Left Lane News (2014)
  • "All Passats we've driven have had the available navigation system. This system uses a combination of buttons and touchscreen controls, and it also absorbs many of the audio system's functions. Most users will need to acclimate to it, and in one test car, the system was slow to react to inputs." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Fender, the electric-guitar icon, is making its first foray into automotive audio. The Passat's optional 9-speaker, 400-watt system developed with Panasonic provides clear, well balanced sound." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Cargo

At 15.9 cubic feet, the 2015 VW Passat’s trunk is very big for the class. The Passat comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Automotive journalists agree that the Passat’s trunk is large and deep, and they appreciate the variety of storage areas in the cabin.

  • "At nearly 15.9 cubic feet the Passat's trunk space is copious, and 60/40-split folding rear seats add to this sedan's versatility." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The ample trunk can swallow 15.9 cubic feet of cargo -- a number that bests many competitors' -- and you can haul bulkier items when the 60/40 rear seatbacks are folded down." -- Edmunds
  • "In the cabin, there is generous small-item storage that includes a good-size glovebox, door pockets with bottle holders, and a pair of covered cupholders." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The cavernous passenger area doesn't come at the expense of cargo room, as the trunk measures a competitive 15.9 cubic feet. It's very deep and rectangular, with few intrusions." -- Cars.com (2012)
Review Last Updated: 10/23/14

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