2015 Volkswagen Passat: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: More power, better fuel economy for TDI models

Price change: TBD

On sale: TBD

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014 gas, but 2015 diesel

Volkswagen's midsize family sedan receives only a few minor trim and package changes for 2015, with the most notable to the base model S and Wolfsburg Edition trims. An optional Technology Package is available for the two trims and includes a backup camera and a touch-screen stereo system with eight speakers (instead of the current six). Satellite radio also is part of the Technology Package on the S trim; it's already standard on the Wolfsburg.

Related: What Is the Most Affordable Midsize Sedan for 2014?

All TDI diesel models get a new 2.0-liter engine that comes with a 10-horsepower bump to 150 hp as well as increased fuel economy. The Passat TDI now gets an EPA-estimated 44 mpg highway for the manual transmission and 42 mpg highway for the automatic.

Other trim level changes include a SE Convenience model replacing the SE with Sunroof trim. The SE with Sunroof + Navigation trim adds chrome trim, sport seats and fog lights. The SEL Premium adds standard rain-sensing wipers.

Passat sales were strong when the current Tennessee-made version went on sale in 2011, but it hasn't been revised since its update. It's still an excellent family sedan with an exceptionally roomy backseat, a variety of engines catering either to frugality-minded buyers or speed freaks, with every trim level feeling more upscale than many of its rivals.

With pricing not yet available and not that many changes between the 2014 and 2015 models, the 2014 gasoline-powered models are likely a better bet as dealers try to clear inventory with special incentives in preparation for the 2015 models. For the Passat TDI models, however, the 2015 might be worth waiting for as the all-new diesel engine, which makes more power and has better fuel economy, will be standard in TDI models across VW's lineup.

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Comments 

hybrit

In Europe recently my only rental car option was a diesel and what a boring car to drive. To get good mileage you have to lug the motor and if you rev it at all a light flashes telling you to upshift. Zero fun, it is like driving a tractor, including the diesel clatter. A diesel power train matches the styling of the passat, the most boring looking car on the planet.

Aaron

Hybrit - You sound like a hybrid driver. The least environmentally friendly cars on the planet.

Hybrit

Typical diesel car driver , pretending to be hip and environmental while burning the filthiest fuel on the planet.
Diesel is a major health threat, which has wrecked the air quality in London. Just google "europe diesel catastrophe" and read the bloomberg news story.

WTF

Here we go again. Well known antagonist of all things diesel is back and spewing the same ignorant nonsense.

Hybrit

Wtf, take the blinders off for a moment and read the story, which appeared in Time, Business Week and Bloomberg news. or are you going to call those sources and the people they quote ignorant? Actually you are looking like the ignorant one.

WTF

I won't call them ignorant but they certainly have an agenda just like yourself. As always, nothing is ever so black and white and yet people want to make it so. Ultimately I don't take issue with your health concerns but primarily your inaccurate portrayal of the diesel driving experience and I will leave it at that.

VW Diesel Fan

Hybrit seems a little irrational and certainly inaccurate in his evaluation of the diesel driving experience. While in Ireland recently we had the pleasure of driving a TDI (Diesel) Passat. I found it tremendously economical, fun to drive with amazing pep, especially from a dead start- and the feel of comfort found normally in only much more expensive vehicles. When the 2015's come out with the more powerful diesel, I will be standing in line for one of the first to arrive.

Hybrit

Irrational is someone who gushes about the pep of a passat diesel, which gets to 60 mph more than a second slower than the gasoline 1.8 litre passat. Camry hybrid destroys them both on acceleration and gets better mileage using cheaper gasoline that is available everywhere. Thats why 95 percent of car buyers avoid diesel cars and leave them to "rational" folks like you. Have fun shelling out a premium price for the diesel powertrain and a premium price every time you fill up. Enjoy waiting in line between two big rigs to get your stinking go juice. And don't forget to fill the urea tank or the car won't run.

Terry

The Hybrid will never reach 500k to 1 million miles, and hybrids never come close to EPA MPG ratings, where diesels ALWAYS do better than EPA MPG ratings. Diesel can be twice the price before it pays to go hybrid. What happens to the nickel strip mines in Canada for battery production, the environmental devastation is unreal, just for hybrid production, and that nickel circles the globe 3 times before it gets installed into a Toyota hybrid? (Yep, a non-emissions diesel ship hauls the material burning through the hybrid's lifetime fuel savings). Seriously, do the math! :) Pray you don't get into an accident, that nickel battery is a huge hazard....1st responders go through special training. What to accident responders recommend for safe cars? They see it all and hands down recommend German cars and Volvos. Oh and don't forget the battery is hazardous material at the end of life, approx 10 years. It's $8 grand to replace the battery, so you have to junk a hybrid at that point. You can buy a lot of fuel for $8 grand and still have a vehicle. Hybrids are definitely NOT green when the entire picture is looked at.

Terry

Hybrit:
Notice it is ONE of their taxis, not the whole fleet, and it's a non-North American version of the Prius. Also, they mention "normal maintenance" which means replacing the $8k battery at 150,000 miles per Toyota. (That's Toyota's design life of the Prius). Post back when your Prius reaches 600,000 miles. There's always an exception with everything, there's always a guy and you found him. I'm glad one guy in a Prius was able to nurse his Prius to make a headline. Unfortunately ONE data point does not a trend make! The exception with VW diesels is not getting to 500k miles. Millions of data points there since 1977 when the VW diesel was introduced to the U.S. Market...sorry Prius. The 19 million web hits on the TDIClub prove that. If the Prius was that good, there'd be a club with that much enthusiasm. I think you're out numbered...
Prius Forum:
Discussions:136,610
Messages:2,021,422
Members:106,746

TDIClub Forum:
Discussions:403,804
Messages:4,475,840
Members:102,331

Please help the environment and NOT purchase a Prius, they are ruining our future. Seriously, look at the facts. The energy used to produce the Prius and dispose of the Prius is huge.

Hybrit

Wow, you actually admitted you were wrong for knocking the durability of hybrids. You are also wrong on every other statement you made about hybrids.
Hybrids are the highest rated cars for reliability, tdis are near the bottom. The federal government paid me and lots of other folks $3,200 to buy a hybrid because of environmental benefits. No such luck for filthy diesels. Finally , can't really understand why lots of posts on the TDI forum is a good thing. I checked it out and it seemed like a majority were about problems like the failure of TDI turbos in 2012 models, and other topics like "I can't get the mileage they promised."

rock

Shut up.

Cecily

I'm super down for a 2015 diesel VW! You hear that vw dealer ? You may sell me one! Just keep that bad boy in stock unlike the last few times I was there.

MDFlight

I have a dealer loaner 2014 Passat TDI.
60 mile trip today, average MPG 51.5.
Range shows 795 remaining with 60 driven.
Yes I am looking forward to the 2015 Passat TDI.

Foobar

Hybrit, you are an extremely misinformed individual with regards to TDIs. The more you post, the more foolish you sound.

MpgKing

Bought a VW Jetta TDI for the wife in 2011, our first diesel. The gas mileage is unbelievable (she gets 51 MPG at 70 on the interstate and about 48 combined). The high torque at low RPMs makes real world driving a blast. In America we get too wrapped up in horsepower figures, unless you're driving at wide open throttle, torque plays a more important role in day to day driving. The emissions in the new clean diesel engines are the same or less than low emission gasoline vehicles. I plan to get a Passat TDI (or maybe the Audi A4) when the 2015 are available.

DeezNuts

The VW TDI is an amazing vehicle. Hybrit is a liberal, green weenie. TDI's are more environmentally friendly than hybrids. The clean diesels with DEF eliminate most Nox from the tailpipe. Most real world driving, the Prius gasoline is ALWAYS running, unless stopping.

Heeznuts

You're a moron.

Trucker1

This is a VERY simple solution. What type of engine does a commercial truck use? Diesel. And they last over 1 million miles. I couldn't give a rats butt about some bug living a swamp that has an issue with diesel. It's the best, hands down. Hybrit can wave his green flag all he wants as I fly past him in my new TDI.

VWEd

Whenever I take a long trip, every day I see a Prius alongside the road with a white cloth stuck in its door handle. So much for Rrius reliability. Very rarely do I see a VW on the shoulder let alone a TDi. Of course there are exceptions but I consider VW a quality car in any model. But whichever model I drive, first priority is a diesel with a manual tranny.

tr6

Sounds like your making stuff up. Tdi, the car for dishonest people.

AladdinSane

@ VWEd: You must have been dreaming when you made that comment, Ed...VW can be da pits when it comes to reliability/dependability and service, speaking for myself...AladdinSane<-

King Passat TDI

The 2014 Passat has too many advantages over Prius. In order to see the mpg, the Prius must be driven like a grandma driving to church on Sunday- and every day. When accelerated in a reasonable, the Prius sounds like the gerbil is going to die - coupled with CVT joke. Passat - will spin the wheels and accelerate without needing to approach redline. VERY annoying to watch Prius accelerate slower than a turtle and then point out the 0-60 times. The Passat is HUGELY quieter than Prius - especially under even the "load" to go over an overpass. The "stinky & truck stop fillings" have been debunked too many times to address. Emissions 101g CO2 per Km Prius vs 119g CO2 per Km. I used the "normal" Prius vs. The larger Passat.

Richard

As a current owner of a 2008 Prius and previous owner of a 2003 Civic Hybrid I can verify the batteries won't last even 100k miles. enjoy tinkering so was able to, with a great deal of effort, disassemble the batteries and replace the bad cells and then re-balance the entire (newish) battery of my Civic. That cost me roughly $1000 which is a lot less than the dealer was going to charge me for a whole new battery. The Prius is a dog to drive and I HATE mine. It is the worst car I ever owned for long trips. You must baby it to even get 48 mpg. The Civic I could drive hard and still got over 50 mpg no matter how I drove. Over-accelerate of maintain speed uphill and you will suffer a 20% loss of mileage in the Prius. I am now trying to decide between the 2015 Passat of a 2014 CC. I now live in Europe so this is basically the same mileage I get in my Prius (45 mpg).

AladdinSane

Richard: Hi...read your comment and my question to you concerns the Civic Hybrid...Is Honda's hybrid really trouble free and worth the purchase? I was considering the Prius C but the battery issues loom strong and heavy with either machine. I've read near horror stories online pertaining to battery woes with both the Civic and Prius C. Headaches, in the name of mpg economy is something NO one needs...including yours truly!
Whatcha say? Please inform, if you can. NO PRESSURE! Thanx, mate.
Peace! AladdinSane ★

PlanetSaver

Diesel and Hybrid lover really need to get on the same team, while I'm no fan of the oil industry anything is better than gas only options so if diesel is the stop gap until electric goes full swing then so be it. Diesel Plug-in Hybrids would be even better at least until electric only gets me 500+ between charges.

Boomer7199

Love Passat TDI. None of Hybrid can compare with TDI.

BeInformed

Sounds like a TON of misinformation on both sides. They are just cars people. Both have a tremendous following and everybody is entitled to their opinion and preferences. If you go to a big metropolitan city like New York City, or Chicago, you will find that the majority of taxi cabs are now Prius'. There have been so few battery replacements I don't see how that is really even an issue. Most of the replacements that have occurred were because of car crashes. And the life span of a diesel is common knowledge. Both are great alternatives to standard unleaded gas hogs. Personally, I see the prius as a great city car with lots of stop and go traffic. You will not beat its mileage in that setting. On the highway, you will get a much more consistent high rating on your mpg gauge in a diesel.

Looking at TDI Passats

While I'm looking at TDI technology, I'm also very honest about my potential purchase. While an engine or transmission may last 500k miles, let's not say that that is all a car is about. My Accord now has 195k miles and when the car hit about 175k, it started to have problems with parts which don't normally wear out, so let's not say that a Passat will last to 500k miles. Now I have to replace both front axles because, for some reason, both CV boots are completely gone, so the joints have been wearing.

hybrit

Accord is on everyone's ten best list. Why would you even consider a boring tdi to replace a popular and reliable accord? There's an excellent accord hybrid and even a plug-in hybrid that are faster and smoother running than a stinkmobile.

MyPassat

FYI to any naysayers on any TDI CLEAN DIESEL engines, not only are they cleaner than gas engines, but last a lot longer which usually means 300k plus. By the way my TDI Passat has great power, and I average 50mpg on expressways and 40mpg in the city. My Girlfriend's gas powered Prius averages low 40's on expressways and 40's in the city.

Idiocracy

Everybody is wrong. You must like the car I like or you're stupid.

Tjbuckeye

Concur completely with the MyPassat comments. I own a 2014 TDI Passat, and the emissions from the government webpage are far superior to most gas vehicles. The torque on the diesel is so great, it has some of the best get-up-and-go power from any car I have owned, including 400 HP 8 cylinders. I consistently get over 40 mpg in city driving, and in the high 40s mpg on the highway...if I keep it under 70 mph, then in it reaches just over 50 mpg. I would buy another TDI in a heartbeat.

hybrit

Passat Diesel's EPA city mileage rating is going down for 2015...from 31 to 30. Meanwhile, the price premium for diesel oil over gasoline continues to grow. With diesel now up to 30 percent more expensive than gasoline, and with gasoline headed into the $2.xx per gallon range nationally, it will be interesting to see the impact on diesel car sales when buyers consider the inflated diesel sticker, the hassle of keeping the on board urea tank filled, the slower diesel acceleration compared to the gasoline version, and the substantially higher fuel cost to drive a diesel.

CJ

Great review on this car. I’ve owned Toyotas and Honda the majority of my life and wanted to explore something different. Something on the Euro side so I started shopping for the Passat I will use the SEL TDI Premium and the Accord Touring(2014 and 2015) as examples. Both cars are sticker-ed just about the same but my concern/question is why do you get LED DRLs with the Accord and not the Passat?Why can’t you get LED headlamp on the Passat but its available on the Accord? if the Passat was created for US buyers, why do they not come equipped with USB ports but available on the Accord? Who uses SD Cards in a car? The laser welded Seams and the door hinges are impressive structural safety features but why did VW not complement them with Driver assistance technology such as blind side warning, frontal collision warning, lane intrusion warning? Which all of those are available on the Accord. I saw on the video Alex mention that the accord dash with the double screens was a little too busy while the passat was more simplistic. I had a VW sales rep tell me the same thing and even stated that VW did that to ensure driver focus and to avoid distractions. If that is the case then how come the NAV system doesn’t have voice assist like the Accord? You can actually type in the address while driving and how safety intuitive is that? that to me contradicts the claim of ensuring driver focus. Another concern is consistency between the 2 cars. The Nav system for the EX-L, EX-LV6 and the Touring are all the same. The Passat line has 2 different types, RNS 315 and the RNS 510. Why can’t VW just create one Nav system for their trim lines as the 315 seems like a glorified Garmin to me. For a car that is supposed to be a Premium high end with a Premium price on the sticker, why as a buyer is being charged extra for an alarm system and floor mats? Security system with remote keyless entry is standard on all Accord trim levels, even the Camry and the Mazda 6 but not the Passat Premium? It just seems to me that for the same sticker price, VW is short changing their buyers while Honda is providing more bang for the dollar

Mark Liebherr

Been driving Diesel vehicles: cars, semi's, & cranes for 30 years!
Drove give or take a 10k about 2.5 million miles with diesel vehicles!

Its simple...
Diesel "outruns" ANY other vehicle out there in the longterm, most electric/hybrid vehicles will die at or around 150K!
Which means your so called "green - vehicle/battery" goes to waste...and you'll have to buy a new one after ONLY 150k

Diesel vehicles "outrun/outlast" ANY vehicle currently available in longtivity, dependability, environmentally and Powerwise by about 4 to 6 times!

Soooo....which vehicle is more "environmentally friendly?"
DIESELS are, because you'll waste 4 to 6 hybrids/electric cars to ONE diesel vehicle in milages!

Think about it....
If Hybrids and electric vehicles were REALLY THAT great in longtivity/reliability/dependability & power...
How come that All our multi million miles vehicles:
-Trains
-Cranes
-Semi trucks
Are NOT "hybrids" by now???

Hybrids aint nothing but an exapensive "hype" that WONT beat the rigorous and time proven diesel engines!

Would LOVE to see a "Hybrid" TRYING to pull a standard truckload 80.000lbs...
or TRYING to even move a crane chassis forward without burning up on the spot...
or better yet...how about a "hybrid" train pulling 800million pounds....
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa

Hybrids aint gonna last...
id give them another 4yrs tops..
then that exspensive battery needs replacing,...the end of the road for hybrids...they'll likely "spontaneously" disappear!
Lmaooooo


Mark Liebherr

@ hybrit...
You are obviously very pleased with your (likely) NEW "Hybrit" vehicle...

1st..drive at least 200.000 miles with your "Hybrit"....
2nd..THEN tell us your conclusion of whats more reliable/dependable and "green"....

Im guessing by the time you actually do get to the 200k miles...
You'll regret you EVER bought a "hybrit"! LOL

Diesels will always be there...
Because (currently) there are NO other engines around (at the same price pr ft/# point) who are:
-As reliable
-As Strong
-As dependable as DIESEL engines...

Just saying!

Sandmark

Hybrit...Why does the government need to provide an incentive you to buy a prius? $3K? If they are going to give away $3k - give it to returning servicemen.

hybrit

It's great to read how enthusiastic TDI owners are about their cars. They'll have to be. I just paid $2.74 per gallon for regular gas today. Diesel oil at the same station was $3.99 a gallon, a whoppjng 45 percent more. Meanwhile, the 2015 Passat TDI gets worse city mileage than the 2014 model...down from 31 to 30 mpg.

Todd

I have to comment on this thread... Im about to buy a 2015 tdi passat... Trading in a 2009 hybrid civic with 85k miles. Honda recently installed the 3rd battery in this car! Thankfully they paid for it! First battery died from excessive heat... Went out of town in the summer and left it in the garage for a month... It got too hot. Second battery died when we went out of town in the winter for a month and it got too cold.
Also, the car feels very light weight and I feel like I'm risking my life to save a few dollars in gas.
Making the change to the tdi passat because it is a mid size car, not a compact, and it gets excellent gas millage. It feels safer to drive and i hope it will prove to be more durable than our hybrid!
I'm not hating hybrids, i just dont think batteries work in all situations. I hope Tesla can change that... Tesla has a great viral marketing strategy though... If you steal it and wreck it at high speed, the car may split in half and catch on fire. Will diesel do that?

CPJ

@Hybrit - What is the No. 1 notorious reason why people get new cell phones besides wanting something new? "My phone won't hold a charge" I don't expect batteries in hybrids to be any better. The complexity of all the components trying to work in synchronicity/harmony isn't and never will be as simplistic as a diesel powered vehicle and if you had any clue at all, VW underestimates fuel mileage on their website. There are reports illustrating folks getting more than 30 around town and more than 50 on the highway.. I should know since I just bought one..

@Todd - I just purchased a 2015 SEL TDI and I love it, you will too and the mileage is incredible contrary to what any hybrid can do and you don't have to deal with anymore battery issues.

CPJ

@Todd - one last thing, you stated not feeling safe in a car? well you will in the Passat.. Laser welded seams instead of spot welds with the rubber gasket covering it like the Asian based cars.

The doors are solid one piece with steel forged hinges for that solid thunk when shutting unlike the Asian based cars where the doors are multiple pieces welded together.

thicker glass and thicker steel. you will definitely feel safe in this ride.

Tim

In Canada diesel and unleaded are pretty close in price, if not the same. $1.139 for regular, $1.249 for diesel. That's less than 10% higher for diesel... and when the car goes more than twice as far on the same amount of fuel I'd say it's a win.

Hybrit

@Tim,
Don't understand your canadian math...
EPA rates Passat Stink edition at 30 mpg city, 42 highway. The Gasoline version is rated at 24 city, 36 highway. That means the diesel only gets 16 percent better highway mileage than the gasoline version, not 100 percent better as you suggest. So the fuel cost is a wash, except that you need to buy urea fluid for the diesel emissions system and additives for the diesel fuel so it doesn't gel in the cold canadian winter. In other words it costs the same amount to drive the diesel Passat or maybe a little more. The excellent gasoline 1.8 litre engine in the Passat puts that version at the top of Consumer reports reliability ratings for midsize cars...the diesel Passat is third from the bottom in reliability. The gasoline version is also about 1 second faster from 0 to 60 than the diesel and costs less too. I hope you never cross the border into the US - you'll find diesel prices are substantially more expensive than regular gas in the states. Cheers....

Brian Laug

@hybrit and to all reading his comments... I'm 17 and work at a toyota dealership. My personal car is a 1999.5 nk4 jetta tdi and I absaloutely love it. It has 164k on it and still runs like a champ and gets 45-50 mpg in mostly city driving. At work whenever I step inside a customers Toyota hybrid the MFI reads usually around 39-41. Yes my car is old and smelly,but this is not the case for new cars. My dad has a 2013 passat tdi that is incredibly smooth and gets 50 mpg on long highway journeys going 70 with ac and radio on. The urea tank is part of scheduled maintenance everg 10k miles (which is also the OCI on vw tdi cars). Also on older (pre 2004) diesel cars you can run b100 biodiesel (produces almost 0 pollutants, look it up though don't belive me) with 0 engine modifications and b20 in newer common rail and pd type injection systems. There are no expensive batteries to replace. Also my car has consistent power and doesn't turn off constantly or have a weird brake feel. My car has a wonderful 5 speed MT that's a joy to shift through the torque and my dads has a impossibly pleasent to drive 6 speed dsg transmission. On the otherhand a prius and it's CVT trans has nothing to it that I or any other auto enthusiasts sees as pleasant(;to anyone considering a new tdi I would recomend it. My uncle has owned his since 02 and has put 232k on it with no mechanical suprises, his car still runs and drives perfectly, and still gets 50 mpg :)

john

hybrt- take the EPA rating of the TDI and wipe your backside with it. I've never gotten under 40 CITY and routinely average 51 overall with an automatic. keeping the DEF fluid filled is a non issue. My last DEF fill got me over 20k miles and it cost me a whopping $12. Less than 1/4 the cost of an oil change which I do every 10K. I paid $3.05 for diesel today. Regular unleaded was $2.79. It cost me $118 total to drive ROUND TRIP Baltimore to Orlando including the week of driving while there. Acceleration numbers also are greatly misleading. I drove every midsize hybryd on the market. Don't compare a pos minicar like a Prius to to one of the largest mid size cars on the market that oh, btw beats the prius in real world fuel concumption and most emissions categories hands down. Until VW releases a diesel hybrid, I won't ever even consider a hybrid

tall tales

My TDI gets a minimum of 60 mpg in the city. The dealer pays me to put urea in the tank. I pay $.99 a gallon for diesel fuel. The tdi is faster than a z28 camaro.

john

only 100% factual comments from me. In 3 years of ownership I've failed to reach 800 miles per tankful only 3 times.

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