The 2012 Volkswagen Passat has a price range of $19,995 (excluding $770 in destination charges) all the way to $32,950. Unfortunately, its base model has very little to offer. VW has recently launched the online configurator for the new Passat, which has begun to arrive at dealerships in the U.S. There are three trim levels available: S SE and SEL. Powering the base 2012 Passat model is a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that has a 170hp output.
Its standard transmission choices include a 5-speed manual but consumers can opt for the 6-speed automatic. VW also offers a 2.0 TDI Clean Diesel 4-cylinder unit that delivers 140hp.
The 2012 Passat TDI, which is coupled to a 6-speed DSG transmission, has a fuel efficiency rating of 43 mpg on the highway and a range of about 800 miles.
The top-of-the-line 2012 Volkswagen Passat features a 3.6L VR6 units that develops 280hp. The 2012 Passat VR6 that’s mated to a 6-speed DSG will return 28 mpg on the highway.
Meanwhile, a range-topping Passat V6 with DSG automatic, which has an Opera Red Metallic finish, with a Cornsilk Beige Vienna Leather and standard 18-inch alloy wheels is priced at $33,720 (including $770 in destination charges).
What makes the 2012 Volkswagen Passat distinct among the many models in the brand’s lineup is that this one has been customized specifically to meet the demands and way of life of consumers in the U.S. market. As expected, the cabin offers space, and plenty of it. There is enough room for five adults to sit and stretch out comfortably. Getting in, or out for that matter, poses no problem due to the four large doors that are also wide-opening. Speaking of sitting, the seats offer outstanding comfort especially with the focus on having that support for the under-thigh and the side-thigh. This is a quality that is crucial especially for long journeys. For the base version, the seat of the driver can be adjusted in 8 different ways, and this includes the lumbar area. This makes it different from models that only have the eight-way power adjustment.
The S version will have the cloth trim while the SE model will carry the signature perforated V-Tex leatherette of the brand. Meanwhile the SEL variants will have full leather for the surfaces of the seats. In terms of the interior’s layout, the theme is clearly simplicity coupled with refinement. Nothing inside is trendy or even over-the-top. The lines flow in a way that makes it easy to look at and this is matched by the attention to detail done when applying the high-quality materials. Its instrument panel is the same as that one in the Touareg. The air vents inside, climate control panels, navigation system, and the radio surrounds, all have that high-end chrome appearance. There is a digital multifunction display that is surrounded by gauges that have been trimmed in chrome. Even the handle button of the parking brake and the rotary light switch were given the chrome treatment.
With the exception of the base model, all trims made available for the Passat will have the opening switches of the trunk, mirror adjustment, and windows have chrome accents.
Because of the well-balanced proportions, this gives the 2012 Volkswagen Passat that dominant, timeless, and distinct style that echo the design DNA of the brand that was developed by none other than Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff. For those not familiar, de Silva is Volkswagen Group’s Italian design chief while Bischoff is Volkswagen Brand German design leader. Due to the substantial proportions, the four-door 2012 Volkswagen Passat is likely the largest Passat to come from the brand. Overall length is at 191.6 inches with the wheelbase having a length of 110.4 inches and width at 72.2 inches. This is why the seats in the rear offer amazing space. For the rear section, it is clear that the design makes use of horizontal lines. Its large taillights have lines that go to its sides and thereby highlight the dynamics of how elegant the rear has been styled.
A rather unique element is how the two-part taillights have been combined with not just the trunk lid but the rear fender as well. Looking at its sides, the profile shows that the sill area has that muscular ridge which produces an animated interaction of the light reflections. Emphasizing even further the dynamic qualities of this model are the wheel arches that have been clearly powerfully sculpted. To stress even more that the style helps with aerodynamics, the roof lines move towards the rear through an almost coupe-like cut of the window, also in the rear. With its extended and long glass surface, the three side windows are able to give it a style that exudes luxury. However the main identifying feature, as with many strong brands, is the front end’s style.
Its headlights, three-blade grille, and the new horizontal brand face all combine to become one single element. The grille itself has been made in a three-dimensional shape and is now even more in a standing position. Because of the implementation of a stricter geometry, the grille offers a graceful and unique impression. Just below the front bumper is the lower intake which has an eye-catching honeycomb surface and has at each of its ends the corner-illuminating foglights. Clearly, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is not just a classy choice, but it is the best option in the midsize class. This notion is strengthened by the trademark clean design with a prevalence of horizontal elements on its body. Overall, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is a car that appears to be expensive but actually isn’t.