What Changed for 2009:
- All models are now Komfort trim level
- 3.6-liter V-6 engine is dropped
- 4Motion all-wheel-drive (AWD) option is deleted
- 6-speed manual transmission option is removed
- Heated seats and washer nozzles are now standard
- Four exterior colors dropped
- Two new exterior colors (Island Gray and White Gold)
- New free maintenance program
The Volkswagen Passat is a midsize family-oriented sedan (or wagon) first launched in Europe in 1973. Now in its sixth generation (the current model was introduced in 2005
), the German Passat is sold worldwide under such names as the Dasher, Quantum, Santana and Carat. Volkswagen
introduced a "four-door coupe" derivative in 2008 called the "Passat CC
." Longer, wider and lower than the standard Passat, the model went on sale in late 2008 simply known as the "CC
." It is sold alongside the Passat, and treated by the automaker as a different model in the lineup. The introduction of the CC initiated Volkswagen to restructure the standard Passat lineup for 2009. The V-6 engine and all-wheel-drive (AWD) options were dropped (they are available on the CC), and the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine became the standard powerplant. Also new for 2009 is Volkswagen's carefree maintenance program. It is standard on all Passat models. The benefits of the program include no-charge scheduled maintenance during the first 3 years or 36,000 miles of ownership.
The 2009 Volkswagen Passat features a 3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty, and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Volkswagen also offers a 12-year/unlimited mileage corrosion warranty on all new vehicles.Model Lineup
The 2009 Volkswagen Passat is offered in either sedan or wagon body styles. While the 2008 model was offered in Turbo, Komfort, Lux or VR6 variants, Volkswagen has significantly simplified the lineup for 2009 to include just one trim level: Komfort. Additionally, with the elimination of the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, all models now share the identical turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic "Tiptronic" transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Standard features on both sedan and wagon models include V-Tex leatherette upholstery, automatic power windows, power door locks, power sunroof, and an 8-speaker AM/FM single-CD stereo. A multi-function trip computer and cruise control are both standard, as well. The driver seat is 12-way power-adjustable, while the passenger seat offers 8-way manual adjustments. Options include rear side air bags, DVD-based navigation and an iPod adapter. The upgraded Dynaudio Premium Sound system is optional on both models. Other options include upgraded 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and carpeted floor mats. Those looking to distinguish their Passat can choose one of two cosmetic kits. These include a sporty front spoiler, side sill extensions, rear valance and twin exhaust tips.Powertrain
In 2008, Volkswagen offered two different engines under the hood of the Passat. However, the 3.6-liter V-6 engine has been dropped for 2009 along with its available 4Motion AWD (both are available in the 2009 Volkswagen CC). For 2009, the standard powerplant under the hood of the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Volkswagen Passat is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It is rated at 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 6-speed "Tiptronic" automatic with a sport mode. According to Volkswagen, the 4-door sedan will accelerate to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds on towards its electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. The 2009 Passat earned EPA fuel-economy estimates of 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with the standard transmission.
The front suspension of the 2009 Volkswagen Passat is of an independent design, with MacPherson struts, triangular wishbones and coil springs. The rear suspension is a 4-link independent design, with coil springs and gas-pressurized shock absorbers. There are stabilizer bars on both the front and rear to control body roll. Brakes are power-assisted discs on all four corners with standard anti-lock control (ABS). Standard wheels are 16-inch steel, but most option packages upgrade them to 17-inch alloy wheels with larger tires.Safety
All 2009 Volkswagen Passat models feature driver and passenger front air bag supplemental restraint systems and driver and front passenger side thorax air bag supplemental restraints systems. Side curtain air bag protection and front safety belt pre-tensioners are also standard on all models. Rear passenger side air bags are optional. The rear outboard seating positions are equipped with LATCH (formerly ISOFIX) tether anchors for child seats. All 2009 Passat models are equipped with standard ESP (stability control), ASR (anti-slip control), ABS, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), the 2009 Volkswagen Passat with side air bags received 4 stars in frontal crash testing for both driver and front passenger, as well as 5-star (the agency's highest rating) side-impact scores for both front- and rear-seat occupants. The Passat received 4 stars for rollover resistance. The 2006-09 Volkswagen Passat has also been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
). They rated the Passat "Good" (the Institute's highest rating) in both their frontal offset and side-impact testing.Technology
Bundled with the AM/FM radio with its 6-disc in-dash CD changer, the optional Dynaudio Premium Sound system has 10 speakers. These include an 8-inch woofer, 2-inch midrange and 1-inch tweeter in each of the front doors, and a 6.5-inch woofer and .75-inch tweeter in the rear doors. The woofers (responsible for the low bass notes) are powered with over 440 watts of power, while the midrange and tweeters (delivering the highs) receive the remaining 160 watts of power. The audio system also includes satellite radio, MP3 compatibility and an AUX-IN multimedia socket. Volkswagen says the Dynaudio system is sure to please even the most discerning audiophile with its clean natural sound.