Volkswagen Passat (B8)

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The Volkswagen Passat (B8) is a mid-size car manufactured by Volkswagen that is available in a 4-door saloon and a 5-door estate body style sold as "Variant" in some markets. It was first introduced at the Volkswagen Design Center Potsdam on 3 July 2014.[1] The B8 is the eighth-generation model in the Volkswagen Passat series and the first passenger vehicle of Volkswagen Group to be based on a stretched version of the MQB platform.[2]

Volkswagen Passat (B8)
VW Passat B8 Limousine 2.0 TDI Highline.JPG
Also called
  • Volkswagen Passat GT (South Korea)
  • Volkswagen Magotan (China)
2017–present (Magotan)
DesignerExterior: Philipp Römers
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car (D)
Body style4-door sedan
5-door estate
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive (4motion)
PlatformVolkswagen Group MQB platform
Electric motor3-Phase permanent magnet synchronous electric motor (e-Hybrid)
  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic
  • 7-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,791 mm (109.9 in)
2,871 mm (113.0 in) (Magotan)
Length4,767 mm (187.7 in)
4,866 mm (191.6 in) (Magotan)
Width1,832 mm (72.1 in)
Height1,456 mm (57.3 in) (Passat saloon)
1,477 mm (58.1 in) (Passat station wagon)
1,464 mm (57.6 in) (Magotan)
Kerb weight
  • 1,367–1,721 kg (3,014–3,794 lb) (saloon)
  • 1,394–1,735 kg (3,073–3,825 lb) (estate)
PredecessorVolkswagen Passat (B7)
SuccessorVolkswagen Lamando (Philippines)

The B8 is assembled in the Emden and Zwickau Volkswagen production plants in Germany.[3] Sales of European domestic market models began in November 2014.[4]

The GTE, a plug-in hybrid version, was introduced at the 2014 Paris Motor Show for sale during the second half of 2015 in Europe.[5]



Being based on the MQB platform, the B8 Passat has more interior space than the last generation model despite being shorter and 18 mm (0.7 in) lower than the last generation model. The front wheels were moved forward and the wheelbase extended by 79 mm (3.1 in) resulting in a shorter front overhang and a bigger cabin.[6] The B8 Passat weighs 73 kg (160.9 lb) less than the previous version by using vacuum-formed steel. It is offered with turbocharger-equipped engines ranging from 1.4 to 2.0 liters.[2]

Driving assistsEdit

The B8 Passat is available with optional assistance systems including "Emergency Assist", "Traffic Jam Assist" and "Trailer Assist." Emergency Assist will attempt to reactivate the driver after steering feedback has not been detected for a period of time and will also transmit warning signals to its nearby surroundings. If the reactivation has failed, the vehicle will be stopped at a safe location. Traffic Jam Assist is capable of moving the vehicle in a traffic jam as long as the average speed does not exceed 60 km/h (37.3 mph).[7] Trailer Assist allows automatic parking with an attached tow trailer.[8]


Euro NCAP test results
Volkswagen Passat (2015)[9]
Test Points %
Adult occupant: 33 85%
Child occupant: 43 87%
Pedestrian: 24 66%
Safety assist: 10 76%


The B8 Passat was initially available with two TSI petrol and four TDI diesel powertrains that produce more power than their equivalents from the B7 without changing displacement. The 2.0 TDI engine is available in three configurations, with two being equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysators to reduce the emission of nitrogen oxide.

Every engine with the exception of the SCR-equipped 2.0 TDI engines is mated to a six-speed transmission with an optional a six-speed or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A 4Motion all-wheel drive drivetrain is available as standard for the strongest SCR TDI engine and optional for the weaker variant.[10]

Every engine is based on 4Motion/BlueMotion Technology and is turbocharged inline-four. In 2015, four additional petrol and two diesel engines became available.[11] In 2015, Passat received two more powerful petrol engines, marketing it as Passat R-Line, which was however shortly thereafter discontinued.[12]

Petrol engines
Model Production Engine Power Torque Top speed 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
1.4 TSI 2015- 1,395 cc (85.1 cu in) 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) 208 km/h (129 mph) 9.7 s[13]
1.4 TSI ACT 2015- 1,395 cc (85.1 cu in) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 220 km/h (137 mph) 8.4 s
1.8 TSI 2015- 1,798 cc (109.7 cu in) 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 232 km/h (144 mph) 7.9 s
2.0 TSI 2015- 1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) 250 km/h (155 mph) 5.8 s
Diesel engines
Model Years Engine Power Torque Top speed 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
1.6 TDI 2015- 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 206 km/h (128 mph) 10.9 s
2.0 TDI 2015- 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft) 217 km/h (135 mph) 8.7 s
2.0 TDI SCR 2015- 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 230 km/h (143 mph) 7.5 s
2.0 TDI SCR 2015- 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) 240 km/h (149 mph) 6.1 s

Passat GTEEdit

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant
Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant
Facelifted Volkswagen Passat GTE

The plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Passat GTE, previously utilised by the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, is featured with a larger battery pack in this model. The GTE has an 85 kW three-phase permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, coupled with a 9.9 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of an all-electric range of 50 km (31 mi) and a total range of 965 km (600 mi). When paired with the 1.4 liter ACT-equipped TSI petrol engine, it will deliver a fuel economy of 2.0 l/100 km (140 mpg‑imp; 120 mpg‑US) equivalent on the New European Driving Cycle, corresponding to CO2 emissions lower than 45g/km. Top speed is 219 km/h (136 mph). UK sales began in mid-2015, with deliveries in October 2015. In the Netherlands, pre-orders were opened in early 2015 with deliveries in September 2015.

Hybrid engines
Model Production Engine Power Torque
1.4 TSI eHybrid 2015- 1,395 cc (85 cu in) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)


UK sales began in mid-2015, with deliveries in October 2015.[14] In the Netherlands, pre-orders were opened in early 2015 with deliveries in September 2015.[15]

Passat AlltrackEdit

The Passat Alltrack was introduced late 2015 for European markets and early 2016 for Australian and New Zealand markets. The main differences for the Alltrack compared to a normal Passat Estate 25 mm (0.98 in) of added ground clearance compared to a normal Passat Estate for a total of 174 mm (6.9 in), body cladding, and 4MOTION standard across the range. There are more smaller changes, for example matte chrome wing mirrors, underbody protection, and Alltrack badging in the front, side, and rear. There are also interior changes, mainly adding Alltrack branding. Exclusive to the Alltrack is an off-road mode in the driving mode selector. There is 639 l (169 US gal) of boot space, 11 down from a normal Passat Estate.

Powertrains consist of one TSI and three TDI engines, carried over from the regular Passat. Only the 150 PS TDI engine is offered with a manual 6-speed gearbox, while all other models come with VW's dual-clutch DSG gearbox. The 4MOTION system used in the Alltrack is a normally front-biased Haldex system.

Petrol engines
Model Production Engine Power Torque
2.0 TSI BlueMotion Technology 2015- 1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) turbocharged inline-four 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)
Diesel engines
Model Years Engine Power Torque
2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology 2015- 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) turbocharged inline-four 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft)
2.0 TDI SCR BlueMotion Technology 2015- 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) turbocharged inline-four 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
2.0 TDI SCR BlueMotion Technology 2015- 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) twin-turbocharged inline-four 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)


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