Volkswagen Passat 0-60 times

Out of all performance specs, nothing but Volkswagen Passat 0-60 times can better speak about the vehicle's temper. While horsepower and torque blow smoke in the eyes, Passat zero to sixty specs and average time to run a quarter mile are pretty straightforward metrics allowing to compare against its competitors.

Very often there is no chance of doing Passat 0-to-60 test personally and making conclusions from the experience of the other drivers is the last thing you want.

Conducting a trustworthy test drive requires following a strict methodology that is intended to eliminate the inconsistent circumstances like weather, tires, surface, engine temperature. It is always better to leave it for professionals.


Increase Horsepower

The cold air part is also important in making more power. Cold air is denser and contains more oxygen molecules than warm air does. So if you can get cooler air into your Volkswagen Passat engine, your car will be able to mix more fuel with that air, making more power. Combine that with the more air through the larger and less restrictive filter and intake tube and you can see up to a 15-20 horsepower increase. K&N has even reported an estimated increase of 56.96 horsepower out of the 57-2571 intake for 2007-2009 Shelby GT500!


2021 Volkswagen Passat 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
2.0T S 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 206 Lb-Ft., 3314 Weight, 24 City / 36 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 14.3 @ 0
2.0T SE 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 206 Lb-Ft., 3314 Weight, 24 City / 36 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 14.3 @ 0
2.0T R-Line 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 206 Lb-Ft., 3314 Weight, 24 City / 36 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 14.3 @ 0

2020 Volkswagen Passat 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
2.0T S 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 206 Lb-Ft., 3325 Weight, 23 City / 34 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 0
2.0T SE 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 206 Lb-Ft., 3325 Weight, 23 City / 34 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 0
2.0T R-Line 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 206 Lb-Ft., 3325 Weight, 23 City / 34 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 0
2.0T SEL 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 206 Lb-Ft., 3325 Weight, 23 City / 34 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 0

2019 Volkswagen Passat 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
2.0T Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3285 Weight, 25 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.4 sec, 16.4 @ 0
2.0T SE R-Line 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3285 Weight, 25 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.4 sec, 16.4 @ 0

2018 Volkswagen Passat 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
2.0T S 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3274 Weight, 25 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.4 sec, 16.4 @ 0
2.0T R-Line 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3274 Weight, 25 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.4 sec, 16.4 @ 0
2.0T SE 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3274 Weight, 25 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.4 sec, 16.4 @ 0
2.0T SEL Premium 4dr Sedan
174 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3274 Weight, 25 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.4 sec, 16.4 @ 0
3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan
280 Hp, 258 Lb-Ft., 3571 Weight, 19 City / 28 Hwy mpg
8.4 sec, 16.4 @ 0

Car And Driver Results

Zero to 60 mph 5.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph 14.1 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph 6.1 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph 3.1 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph 4.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile 14.3 sec @ 101 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph 182 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad 0.88 g
Source: С&D

2017 Volkswagen Passat 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
V6 SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan
280 Hp, 258 Lb-Ft., 3571 Weight, 20 City / 28 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 101
V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan
280 Hp, 258 Lb-Ft., 3571 Weight, 20 City / 28 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 101
1.8T S 4dr Sedan
170 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3263 Weight, 25 City / 38 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 15.8 @ 88
1.8T R-Line w/Comfort Package 4dr Sedan
170 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3263 Weight, 25 City / 38 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 15.8 @ 88
1.8T SE 4dr Sedan
170 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3263 Weight, 25 City / 38 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 15.8 @ 88
1.8T SEL Premium 4dr Sedan
170 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3263 Weight, 25 City / 38 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 15.8 @ 88

Car And Driver Results

Zero to 60 mph 5.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph 15.9 sec
Source: С&D


Volkswagen Passat 0-60 mph acceleration across years

Year of a Model0-60 times1/4 mile times
2021

5.6 sec

14.3 @ 0 mph
2020

5.7 sec

14.3 @ 0 mph
2019

8.4 sec

16.4 @ 0 mph
2018

8.4 sec

16.4 @ 0 mph
2017

5.7 - 7.7 sec

14.3 @ 101 - 15.8 @ 88 mph
2016

7.7 sec

15.9 @ 88 mph
2015

5.7 - 9.8 sec

14.5 @ 95 - 17.4 @ 78 mph
2014

5.7 - 10.3 sec

14.5 @ 95 - 17.7 @ 77 mph
2013

5.7 - 10.3 sec

14.5 @ 96 - 17.7 @ 77 mph
2012

5.7 - 10.2 sec

14.5 @ 96 - 17.6 @ 77 mph
2010

8.2 - 8.4 sec

16 @ 86 - 16.2 @ 85 mph
2009

8 - 8.4 sec

16 @ 85 - 16.2 @ 84 mph
2008

5.8 - 8.2 sec

14.5 @ 97 - 16 @ 84 mph
2007

6 - 8.3 sec

14.6 @ 96 - 16.2 @ 84 mph
2006

6 - 7.9 sec

14.6 @ 96 - 15.9 @ 87 mph
2005

7.7 - 10.8 sec

16 @ 88 - 17.9 @ 75 mph
2004

6.4 - 10.8 sec

14.9 @ 90 - 17.8 @ 75 mph
2003

6.4 - 8.5 sec

14.9 @ 90 - 16.8 @ 81 mph
2002

6.4 - 8.3 sec

15 @ 0 - 16.8 @ 0 mph
2001

7.7 - 8.4 sec

16.2 @ 0 - 17 @ 0 mph
2000

7.5 - 9 sec

16 @ 0 - 17.6 @ 0 mph
1999

7.4 - 9 sec

16 @ 0 - 17.5 @ 0 mph

The Passat has always been the car for people who valued comfort, performance and German solidity in an inconspicuous and conservative package. The new model isn’t trying to change that, but to improve on all the things that made it successful in the first place.

Some things are gone, too. After the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen will no longer offer a fuel-efficient diesel engine in the line-up, which for some people may be a big drawback. Nevertheless, the gasoline engine is new – a 2.0-liter turbo with 170 horsepower, that is suited nicely to the car.

The interior got some updates too, but it’s still not as inspirational as the one in its competitors. That said, this design will certainly age well, same as with every Volkswagen interior from their older models.

 

Volkswagen Passat 0-60 and Quarter Mile

As with almost every new Volkswagen model, the Passat is offered with a turbocharged petrol engine, that extracts 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque from a 2.0-liter capacity. The Passat takes 7.8 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill, which is certainly not fast, but it’s capable for most people and families.

With this engine though, the numbers tell only half of the story. The reason for that is the high torque, available from low revs, that makes highway merging and overtaking easier, even in higher gears. This alone makes it a preferable option to the naturally aspirated engines in competitors like the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.

It’s a shame that Volkswagen paired this engine with a classic torque-converter 6-speed gearbox, rather than the dual-clutch one from their other models. The result is shifting that isn’t as seamless nor as fast.

On the road, the Passat is composed and stable, but it’s certainly not involving or entertaining – there is too much body roll and the steering doesn’t offer much feedback. On the other hand, the ride is very smooth, without being floaty, even on rough road patches.

 

Exterior & Interior

The Passat is decidedly conservative on the outside. Some may even call it bland looking or even anonymous, but we think that it’s purposefully styled that way. If you want a little more flair, Volkswagen offers the GT model that has a more aggressive design thanks to 19-inch wheels, front fascia with red accent line reminiscent of the Golf GTI, rear spoiler, red black calipers and dual exhaust pipes in the back. It’s amazing what few sporty details can do to a car.

Inside, the Passat is as conservative as on the outside, with some details that brighten up the atmosphere, like the three-spoke steering wheel. The simple dash design is very easy to use – every control is well-laid out and easy to reach, while visibility is great as well. Space in the front and in the back is among the best in its class – the Passat is a real people mover. The trunk is very generous too.

 

Conclusion

The new Passat improves on an already successful formula. It offers great interior space, big trunk, composed, stable and smooth ride, torquey and efficient engine, and simple and easy to use interior. The design may be too conservative for some, but for those people, Volkswagen offers the sharper and more aggressive GT trim that elevates the appeal of the car.

Reviewed by Ivo Gievski



Volkswagen Passat specs