The 2008 Volkswagen Passat has sporty performance, an exclusive interior, and admirable safety features. However, it has a questionable reliability history and a high price. The Passat has five models: the base Turbo model, the Komfort model, the Lux, the VR6, and the four-wheel drive (FWD) VR6 Motion model.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.6-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: turbocharged six-speed automatic Tiptronic, manual with hydraulic clutch
Models: Turbo, Komfort, Lux, VR6 FWD, VR6 4Motion
The 2008 Volkswagen Passat has only a few changes in 2008. Rear side sunshades and a power driver’s seat are now standard on all Passats. The Passat VR6, which is formerly known as the 3.6L, gains xenon headlights as a standard feature.
The Turbo Passat model has standard 16-inch alloy wheels; 17 inch wheels are standard on the Passat Komfort, and if shoppers upgrade to the VR6, they get 18-inch wheels and adaptive bi-xenon headlights. Some of the exteriors features include body side molding, body color front and rear bumpers, chrome trim around the side windows, daytime running lights, heated driver and passenger mirrors, beam lens halogen headlights, luxury trim alloy and leather on the gear knob, alloy look on dashboard, and metallic paint. The exterior measurements of the Passat are 188.2-inch length, 71.7 inch width, 58 inch height, 106.7-inch wheelbase, and 35.8 feet curb-to-curb turning circle.
The 2008 Volkswagen Passat’s interior is comfortable with a simple design and understated luxury. The interior is upscale with quality materials. The front seats are comfortable with eight-way manual adjust and have adjustable lumbar support as well. The backseats are very attractive and seating three adults would probably be a little too tight, but would suffice for two adults and one child.
The cabin is energetic yet relaxing with quality materials and excellent design. The controls are laid out well and easily read. There is even a space saving button on the dash to operate the parking brake. The Turbo base model has a standard AM/FM radio with single-disc in dash CD/MP3 player and eight speakers, the Komfort and Lux models have the same except the CD has a six-disc changer, and additionally, it treats the consumer to a three-month subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio. The VR6 ups the ante with a Dynaudio Premium Sound System with 10 speakers and Digital Sound Processor technology.
Other interior features are the very nice navigation system, 10-way power driver’s seat, parking distance warning front and rear only on the 3.6-liter V-6, rain sensing wipers, and headlights that turn with the curves. The cargo space is nothing to get excited about at 14.2 cubic feet trunk space; however, the rear seat is split which increases the trunk capacity if needed. The cabin does offer an abundance of storage with a large drawer in the dashboard next to the driver’s knee and two small spring-loaded cubbies above the stereo. A very unique storage feature is an umbrella holder in the driver door that even includes a drainage system.
Performance & Handling
According to most reviewers and consumers, the 2008 Volkswagen Passat has proficient handling and high-spirited performance, which makes for a pleasurable driving experience. This is partly due to the excellent powertrain and sporty suspension. However, it is also the consensus that the brakes leave a lot to be desired.
Both of the Passat’s engines perform nicely; however, the four-cylinder is especially impressive by giving smooth and powerful performance and accelerating like a V-6. This vehicle has a lot of pep from a complete stop as well as during passing and midrange driving.
The 2008 Volkswagen Passat is well loaded with safety equipment, including anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, anti-whiplash front head restraints, a tire-pressure monitor, front-seat side airbags, and full-length curtain airbags, all of which are standard. Accident avoidance features include anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, and electronic stabilization program.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen Passat manual Turbo four door FWD: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Passat automatic Turbo FWD: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Passat automatic Komfort FWD: 19/28 city/highway
Volkswagen Passat automatic Lux FWD: 19/28 city/highway
Volkswagen Passat automatic VR6 FWD: 17/26 city/highway
Volkswagen Passat automatic VR6 4Motion: 16/24 city/highway
- Plenty of power with either engine
- Spacious seating
- Smooth ride and handling
- Elegant cabin
- Available all-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Excessive road noise with 17- or 18-inch wheels
- Poor fuel economy on the 4motion model
- Expensive with the V-6 engine
Pricey but a beautifully furnished, upscale car.
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