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2012 Volkswagen Passat 2

Pre-loved: VW Passat 2011-2022

2012 Volkswagen Passat 1
2012 Volkswagen Passat


Volkswagen Passat is a medium-large German car that has a reputation for being solidly built and is well regarded by those who have loved this marque for many years.

Interestingly it shares quite a few out of sight components with Audis as that prestigious company is controlled by the Volkswagen Group.

The Passat works well for those looking for comfort, it has well-shaped seats and suspension which is able to soak up just about anything, even rough and ready Aussie backroads.

Handling is good, with neutral road behaviour at normal speeds, gradually changing to safe understeer if the big car is pushed hard.

Though smaller engines arent always accepted by Australian buyers, even the four-cylinder Passats have enough performance for many buyers.

Many of the later petrol engines and all diesels use a turbocharger to generate a lot of extra torque and that torque is spread over a big range.

All-wheel drive isnt as common in Australian Passats as in those in Europe. But it provides better traction when cornering as well as on slippery surfaces.

So, AWD models are worth considering if you are doing a lot of driving on unmade surfaces as well as on the snow and ice.

The VW Passat Alltrack is a slightly jacked-up station wagon thats bought by those who dont want an SUV but do intend to do some trips off the beaten track.

Skiers love them and, as is often the way, Tasmanians also go for them.

The Alltrack has all-wheel drive, to save fuel it only engages the rear wheels when the computer senses the fronts are losing grip.

Volkswagen Passat CC was introduced in 2009. Virtually a four-door coupe the sleek Passat CC targets those who seldom use the back seat for adults, but who do want the convenience of rear doors.

Note that it was simply called the CC from 2012. Its smart to check both names if youre doing an online search.

Most VW dealers are in the major State capitals but there are quite a few in larger country cities and towns.

Spare parts costs are about average for a moderately upmarket car in this class and we havent heard of Passat is a complex machine but a competent home mechanic should be able to do a fair bit of work.

Always have a workshop manual on standby – and leave safety related items to professionals.

Insurance is generally not particularly expensive and we don’t know of any companies that charge more for the performance models.

It makes sense to shop around as there can be quite a difference in premiums.

2012 Volkswagen Passat 2
2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack



Volkswagen cheated on emission controls during the period we are reviewing Passats.

It recalled all its vehicles to make them legal again.

Check with VW Australia (volkswagen.com.au) that this has been done on the Passat youre considering.

If there is a flat spot in acceleration there could be fuel-injection problems, especially in older cars. These can be expensive to repair.

Check the insides of the front wheels for signs of brake dust buildup, probably indicating hard driving. This is more likely on one of the sporting models.

Look over the body for signs of crash repairs, especially paint that doesnt match and panels that dont fit exactly.

Check the complete body, including hard to reach areas under the bonnet, in the boot and under the car.

Passat Alltracks that have been used off road may have under-car damage.

Check also for scars on the undersides of the bumpers, the front guard corners and for scratches on the guards and doors.

2015 Volkswagen Passat 1
2015 Volkswagen Passat



Set your budget from $8000 to $12,000 for a 2012 Volkswagen Passat 118TSI; $11,000 to $17,000 2013 125TDI Highline; $14,000 to $20,000 for a 2013 V6 FSI Highline or a 2015 132 TSI Comfortline; $16,000 to $24,000 for a 2016 140 TDI Highline; $18,000 to $26,000 for a 2018 132 TSI Comfortline; $20,000 to $29,000 for a 2019 132 TSI or 2017 206 TSI R-Line; and $28,000 to $38,000 for a 2021 140 TSI Business.

2021 Volkswagen Passat Wagon R Line
2021 Volkswagen Passat Wagon R-Line



Keep an eye on adverts for new cars that say there are specials on particular models.

These can mean a lot of traded-in cars are taking up too much space in the yards and will be discounted to get rid of them.

Used car prices have generally increased during the period of new car stock shortages so hunt around for the best deal.

If checking a used car at a dealership look at other cars on the lot. 

This can give you an insight to the quality of vehicles in which the dealer specialises.

Take a slow walk around any car you’re considering, looking for obvious defects.

It amuses us how many people dive into tiny details, only to later discover a major ding somewhere on the other side of the car.

Ideally any road test of a car you’re getting serious about should be done with the engine stone cold. Early morning is best.

In their later years, cars with a reputation for being long lived and trouble free sometimes attract buyers who have no intention of ever servicing them. The next owner may suffer as a result.

2015 Volkswagen Passat 2
2015 Volkswagen Passat



To browse recalls on all vehicles go to the ACCC at: www.productsafety.gov.au/products/transport/cars/



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