2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan User Reviews
2.5L SE shown
- $14,959 - $21,913
- No trim specified for this review
- Good Fuel economy and roomy interior.
- Navigation, backup camera and onboard computer processor is too slow.
Purchased As New
I have had my eyes on this car for several years even before it was redesigned. Went with the 2013 Passat TDI SEL Premium mostly because it was the newest but also because it has the backup camera which was added safety for a home with small children. Unfortunately this is also the biggest disappointment as the processor in this car is so slow that I can start the car, put it in reverse, back out of the driveway and be headed forward down the street before the camera ever turns on to show me the street I am leaving behind. As a consequence this is NOT A RELIABLE SAFETY FEATURE.
The processor is also slow with respect to hands free phone use and MP3 / Ipod players. It simply cannot keep up or does not start up quickly. I do not know why they skimped on this small component of the car, but they did. Just be patient.
Otherwise, I have almost 8,000 miles on my car already as I commute 120 miles a day to work on Interstate highways at about 7200 feet in elevation. My mileage can average between 37 and 45 depending on weather and wind conditions in typically windy southeastern Wyoming.
Very comfortable and solid car with exceptional amount of room. I did actually fit two 5-point harness booster seats (Safety First brand) and an infant seat in the back seat - 3 total. Although good luck if you want to use just a simple booster and the factory shoulder belt with any combination of chairs and infant carriers as it is all but impossible to reach the buckle.
Despite my complaints, I do love this car and would not trade for anything else on the market. I plan to put at least 300k on this car before letting it go.
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