Volkswagen Passat (2015–)

What's good

  • Impressive refinement on the move.
  • Spacious and quiet cabin means it's relaxed on the motorway.
  • High quality interior.
  • Frugal range of diesels and hybrid option. 
  • Volkswagen Passat achieved 5 Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating. 85% adult protection, 87% child protection, 66% pedestrian protection, 76% safety assist.
  • 24-8-2017: Report of year old 2016 Passat BiTDi 240 R Line reaching 100,000 miles, often driven at very high speeds on German Autobahnen, without any trouble.

What's bad

  • List prices are expensive, especially compared to the competition.
  • Lacks the premium appeal of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

What to watch out for

23-1-2015: Complaint of clock running slow on a 2015 Passat, losing an hour a day. Dealer says a software fix is on the way.

30-5-2015: Isofix seatback tethers not compatible with Maxicosi Family Fix child seats. Instrument panel failed and to be replaced under warranty.

4-11-2015: EA888 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI engines recalled in USA because the rear camshaft lobe is prone to unexpectedly shear off from the shaft. The failure causes reduced engine power and loss of vacuum pump power, cutting vacuum supply to the brake booster and eventually resulting in increased braking effort."A reduction in engine power and/or increased need for braking effort after vacuum reserve has been depleted while driving can increase the risk of a crash," a statement cautions. The campaign affects approximately 92,000 vehicles including the 2015-2016 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat. In notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, VAG stated that the root cause of the camshaft failures has not been fully understood. The company is still continuing an in-depth failure analysis and development of a repair solution, however a fix may not be ready until the end of the first quarter next year.

28-5-2016: Complaint of 2015 Passat 1.6 TDI stalling and making a "strange noise" when frestarted, then losing forward drive. Reverse worked. Dealer remapped software and got it working again.

11-8-2016: Fault reported with Autohold brake of November 2015 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI Bluemotion estate bought as an ex-demo in May 2016. In last 2 weeks autohold has failed to release on over 25 occasions on one journey and on 8 occasions on another journey. The garage cannot identify the fault, despite it occurring twice in the dealership's car park with a mechanic in the car. We'd guess as a problem with the multifunction brake light switch that has separate switches for the brake lights, autohold and (if a DSG) to send a message to the ECU that the brakes are on.

17-3-2017: Cabin heater fault reported on 2016 Passat at 35,000 kilometres. Intermittently hot air comes into the cabin at window and footwell even though the heater has been set to OFF on both sides.
Garage advised switching on the Recirculate button when it happens.

1-10-2017: Report of leaking roof on 2017 Passat Estate with panoramic roof. Dealer says it needs a new roof under warranty.

25-10-2017: Report by high mileage driver that his Passat 2.0 TDI 150, bought in March 2017, had its first service at 20,000 miles in October 2017 and that MPG has dropped from 58MPG to 55MPG, plus 'flas spots' in each gear whe accelerating, possibly as the result of a NOx reducing TSB.

21-7-2018: Obtrusive hum reporteed between 2100 and 2300rpm from engine of 2017 Passat 2.0T DI SE Business at 27k miles I gave a 2.0 litre diesel Passat SE business 2017 with 27k on the clock. Particularly noticeable in 3rd, 4th and 5th gears, the latter being the most irritating as it coincides with typical motorway speeds. Turned out to be a resonance problem of engine noise frequency at 2,200 rpm coinciding with the natural vibration frequency of an a/c pipe. Changing the pipe eliminated the noise.

14-8-2018: Report of DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG of 24k mile 2017 Passat 1.6 TDI Business Edition estate going into 'emergency mode'. It has had a fresh clutch pack, new Mechatronics and been reprogrammed but still fails, so the dealer is fitting a new transmission under warranty.

3-9-2018: Report of problems with 2917 VW Passat 1.4TSI DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG at 6,500 miles. When changing from 2nd to 3rd gear a judder can be felt through accelerator. Also on 2 occasions the DSG has got stuck in 3rd gear. It would not go higher although the engine was screaming. Driver had to slow down sufficiently to allow the engine to go into 2nd gear and stop. Restarted engine after 5 mins and all seemed ok. Booked in with supplying dealer to be checked.

17-12-2018: Report of failure of rear brake discs of 2016 VW Passat B8 2.0TDI estate at 36,000 miles due to pads 90% worn and rear brake discs corroded. (This model Passat has an electromechanical parking brake with autohold brake hold function.) The on-board entertainment and nav system is always playing up too. They did a software update at the service too and this had made no difference. Half the time the volume won’t come off silent without turning it off and on again, the compass doesn’t work sometimes on the display in front of the steering wheel and also this same displays gets stuck on starting nav…. Even when the main screen is working.

6-2-2019: Corroded rear brake discs reported on 2016 VW Passat.

15-07-2019: Ongoing issues with the 1.5 TSI engine with no resolution from Volkswagen.

12-8-2019: Report from owner of 2019MY VW Passat 1.5TSI EVO that following concerns about its running when manoeuvring at low revs (as reported on the HJ website) owner raised this with the Dealer and subsequently had a software update. Following the update the car is now less responsive, as if it is in eco mode, and owner is not convinced it has the same power as before. He requested it be returned to the original setting but was told this was not possible. We suggested running it on 99RON Shell V-Power or Tesco Momentum because the higher RON will give more torque at low rpm and might overcome the problem.

11-9-2019: Report of both front and rear brake discs of December 2017 VW Passat becomine so corroded and the rears 95% worn in 19 months and 14,660 miles that VW dealer recommended replacement of all four at a cost of £800.

29-12-2019: Report fof one family's VW Passat B7 and B8 2.0TDI manual estates both cutting out occasionally without warning at slow speeds and take several seconds to restart. Alarming on roundabouts, etc. Possible caused by a sticking brake pedal switch.

Recalls

3-1-2015: Just-Auto.com tells us that Volkswagen of America has announced a voluntary safety recall to check for fuel leaks on 2015 Golf and Golf GTI models and 2014 and 2015 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Jetta and Passat variants with 1.8T and 2.0T engines. The recall affects about 37,970 cars. "It is possible that a sealing cap on the fuel rail may fail to seal, thus allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment. Leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, may result in a fire," the automaker said in a statement. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the fuel rail.

4-11-2015: EA288 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI engines recalled in USA because the rear camshaft lobe is prone to unexpectedly shear off from the shaft. The failure causes reduced engine power and loss of vacuum pump power, cutting vacuum supply to the brake booster and eventually resulting in increased braking effort."A reduction in engine power and/or increased need for braking effort after vacuum reserve has been depleted while driving can increase the risk of a crash," a statement cautions. The campaign affects approximately 92,000 vehicles including the 2015-2016 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat. In notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, VWG stated that the root cause of the camshaft failures has not been fully understood. The company is still continuing an in-depth failure analysis and development of a repair solution, however a fix may not be ready until the end of the first quarter next year. UK Passats are not affected because none of them have those engines.

22-03-2017: R/2017/079: Airbag/belt tensioners may not trigger in event of an accident: Due to an error in the manufacturing process the air bag and/or seat belt pretensioner may not trigger in the event of a collision. Fix: On affected vehicles replace air bag assembly and seatbelt pretensioner where necessary. VIN: WVGZZZ1TZHW015832 to WVGZZZ1TZHW029384; WVWZZZAUZHP016078 to WVWZZZAUZHP552907; WV2ZZZ7HZHH020247 to WV2ZZZ7HZHH084411; WVWZZZ3CZHE029991 to WVWZZZ3CZHP013537; WVWZZZ13ZHV002320 to WVWZZZ13ZHV005588; WVGZZZ5NZHW320847 to WVGZZZ5NZHW847521; WVWZZZAAZHD005939 to WVWZZZAAZHD037356; WV1ZZZ2HZHH002360 to WV1ZZZ2HZHH002373; WVWZZZAUZHW037011 to WVWZZZAUZHW804016; WV1ZZZ7HZHX013663 to WV1ZZZ7HZHX014052; WV3ZZZ7JZHX014827 to WV3ZZZ7JZHX014827: Build dates: 01-05-2016 to 31-10-2016.

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