Passat Comparison

The Volkswagen Passat may be a mid-sized sedan on the outside, but it offers plenty of room on the inside. It is also the only mid-sized sedan with a TDI Clean Diesel available. These two superlatives just only scratch the surface on what the Passat offers. If one phrase would describe the Passat in a nutshell – it is German Engineering.

Is the Passat the right mid-sized family sedan to own? Perhaps a comparison would suffice here. We put the Passat up against the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata to find out.

 Volkswagen Passat S 1.8TToyota CamryHyundai Sonata

Engine (Standard)

1.8Liter turbocharged I-4 – 170HP2.5Liter I-4 – 178HP2.4Liter I-4 - 185HP

Combined Fuel Economy

29 MPG28 MPG29 MPG

Curb Weight

3230 lbs.3240 lbs.3252 lbs.

Rear Sear Room (Head/Leg/Hip/Shoulder in inches)


Cargo Space

15.9 cu. Ft.15.4 cu. Ft.16.3 cu. Ft.

Base Price


There are some clear advantages the Passat has just by looking at the numbers. However, they only tell part of the story. The Passat offers a lot for the money, including Car-Net connected services, the option of Fender Premium Audio and a comfortable space to stretch out over miles of road. To further stretch out those miles – it is worth repeating that the Passat offers the only TDI Clean Diesel in its class, for a 795 mile range on a full tank of gas.

Shopping for a mid-sized family sedan? Try one that is safe – a IIHS Top Pick + for 2014 – and efficient. Try a Passat for size.