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2019 Volkswagen Passat Interior Review


Interior: 7.6

The 2019 VW Passat’s cabin looks and feels good, but some hard plastics limit its appeal. There’s plenty of space in both rows, and the seats are comfortable. Trunk space is good for the class. The infotainment system is easy to use, but many rivals have more modern interfaces.

  • "The Passat does not boast the standout, best-in-class interior quality of past VWs. Many materials are pleasing to touch and the switchgear is excellent, but there are a lot of hard plastics that make it seem otherwise average." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Fit/finish is excellent and the sedan's interior has an upscale feel. VW's designers resisted the urge to create a futuristic dash with daring shapes and overwrought digital displays. Instead, the Passat's dashboard is simple if a bit traditional and the controls are well placed. It's conservative, but it won't look dated in just a few years." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Some trim has been 'dressed up' a bit, but the interior retains the linear, businesslike appearance and fine-quality materials that always made the Passat seem more upscale than its price tag would suggest." -- Consumer Guide (2016)


The VW Passat seats five people on standard leatherette upholstery. An eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. No seating upgrades are available. For securing child car seats, the Passat has two sets of LATCH connections on the rear outboard seats and a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

This VW has roomy seats, and there’s ample head- and legroom for two adults in both rows. In fact, this car has some of the roomiest rear quarters in the class.

  • "We like the Passat's front seats, finding them properly bolstered and comfortable for almost any driver. Legroom is generous in the backseat, which means a comfortable fit for most adults and plenty of room for rear-facing child safety seats." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "If you carpool with a large group, be prepared to pull a double shift in the 2017 Passat. The big rear seat is comfortable not just for regular-size adults, but even if your commute occasionally includes an NBA player." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Interior Features

Every Volkswagen Passat comes standard with push-button start, proximity keyless entry, Bluetooth, three USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, the MIB II infotainment system with a 6.3-inch touch screen, and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link smartphone integration with Volkswagen’s Car-Net App-Connect. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a Fender premium stereo, a sunroof, and a navigation system are available.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Available safety features include lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers.

The MIB II infotainment system doesn’t really stand out for good or bad. It functions fine, though many rivals have larger screens.

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  • "The infotainment system isn't exactly class-leading, but it's easy to use and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as standard Bluetooth." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Both … touchscreens are on the small side and positioned too low. Their functionality is just OK — it doesn't confuse or frustrate — but others are better and have sharper and better-looking graphics." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "The Passat was way behind in connectivity and entertainment technology, and here VW really stepped it up with the release of in-dash MIB II. … There's now a device-agnostic USB port, replacing the Apple-only connector. The color touch-screens have faster processors for quicker response." -- Cars.com (2016)


This VW has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above average for the class. The available hands-free trunk lid is activated by waving your foot under the rear bumper.

  • "The Passat is about tied with class leaders for trunk space at 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The trunk opening is large, and the 60/40-split rear seats mean plenty of space for larger items." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The trunk is also large for the midsize class, and folding down the rear seatbacks leaves a long, flat load floor. The latter in particular is significant, because folding the seatbacks on many rivals leaves them resting a few inches above the load floor, making it difficult to slide long items all the way forward." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

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