The Volkswagen Passat is a stylish four-door mid-sized sedan which is making a comeback after a few years of languishing sales and enthusiasm over model choices. Frankly, the 2010 Volkswagen Passat had a few issues. The price was out of line with other mid-sized sedans, and the styling just wasn’t what it should be. Volkswagen took a year off to totally redesign the model, and now, with its new, flashy look and reasonable price tag, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat promises to be a great choice for its class. With seven trim levels and three engine options, almost anyone can find a Volkswagen Passat to suit individual tastes.

Volkswagen Passat Review

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat ranked near the top in U.S. News “affordable mid-sized car” category. The reviewers were impressed with the luxurious interior and the smooth handling of the 2010 and 2012 models. The Passat was also named Motortrend’s “Car of the Year” for 2012. The 2010 model was considered a bit high-priced, but new design and pricing makes the 2012 model much more affordable and in line with other cars of its size. The 2012 Passat has been retail priced at between $19,995 and $32,950, depending on trim model.

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat has several features which make it a great improvement over earlier models. The new version features more legroom in the backseat, and some reviewers have found that it rivals some full-sized sedans in overall interior space. While the styling still seems a bit dated to some, the new look of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is a great improvement over its past models and is fine for anyone not interested in “flashy” mid-sized cars.

All 2012 Volkswagen Passat models carry a 2.5-liter, 170 horsepower engine which gets good gas mileage—up to 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway. The optional 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine allows drivers to jump into the 40-mile-per-gallon range, with 31 city miles per gallon in the city and 43 on the highway. For those who want to go “green,” this savings will justify the $6,000 increase in price for the diesel model.

Volkswagen Passat Safety Ratings

The Volkswagen Passat ranked high in safety tests in several areas. For the 2008 model, in the federal government’s crash safety tests, the Passat received four out of five stars in front driver and passenger overall safety, four out of five stars in side rear passenger safety, four out of five stars in rollover two-wheel and four-wheel drive safety, and five out of five stars in side driver safety. The 2009 and 2010 models received identical safety ratings, although the four-wheel drive rollover tests were not performed for these models.

How much is car insurance for a Volkswagen Passat?

Car insurance for the Volkswagen Passat 2012 base model, the S Sedan, averages $1,126 per year. For the 2012 SEL Premium Sedan, the cost jumps to an average of $1,298 per year, and the TDI SE Sedan costs about $1,256 per year to insure. The 2010 model averages $1,139 per year to insure, due to its age but also its higher original price tag and higher replacement costs. Comparable models such as the 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS averages $1,141 per year for insurance costs, and the 2012 Mazda 6 I Sport model averages $1,161. Clearly, the Volkswagen Passat remains a vehicle with competitive insurance prices when compared to other mid-sized sedans.

Volkswagen Passat Warranty

The Passat carries Volkswagen’s standard three-year, 36,000-mile warranty, which is slightly less than many other cars in this class. Volkswagen offers free scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles, an extremely rare find in mid-sized sedans. With the $7,000 drop in price from the 2010 model, this addition makes the 2012 Passat a wise choice for the budget-conscious. Volkswagen also offers a five-year, 60,000-mile drivetrain warranty, a three-year, 36,000-mile roadside assistance package, and a twelve-year warranty on rust and corrosion. While not up to industry standards, the warranties are nevertheless useful for at least the first three years of ownership. Repair costs are modest, with an intake manifold gasket replacement running around $275, an ignition coil replacement costing about $225 on average, and a fuel injector replacement costing about $185. With free maintenance the first three years, and an average repair cost of $848 for years four and five, the Passat is not out of line with most mid-sized sedans in terms of reliability.

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