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You can find 217 different trims/engines for the VW Passat and their corresponding recommended towing capacity.
The years available stretch from 2001 through to 2022 and to view the towing capacity you just click to expand.
The VW Passat is a large family-size car that was released by Volkswagen in 1973. There have been eight generations of the model since then.
Competing models from outside the VW product line include the Audi A3, BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Honda Accord.
The Passat has come as both a saloon and estate model since 1973. These are a 4-door and a 5-door configuration respectively.
All of these models feature a front-mounted engine layout with either front-wheel or four-wheel-drive for 4motion models.
The latest generation, the B8, was released globally by the start of 2015.
Typical engine options for the newer generations included petrol engines ranging from the 1.4-liter TSI inline-4 to the 3.6-liter VR6 V6. Diesel options range from a 1.6-liter TDI inline-4 to a 2-liter TDI inline-4, with newer versions being BiTDIs.
There was also a plug-in hybrid version that was released in 2014. This was called the VW Passat GTE.
Transmissions for the recent Passat models range from a 6-speed automatic, Direct-Shift, or manual gearbox and a 7-speed Direct-Shift gearbox.
Trim levels for this car include the S, R-Line, SE, SE with Technology, SEL Premium, and V6 SEL Premium
The B8 generation of the Passat received a modest facelift in 2019. This consisted of minor exterior changes, new engine lineups, an upgraded interior look, and updated touch controls on both the steering and multimedia consoles.
Recently released Passat models have an impressive towing capacity of up to 2200 kg / ~4,850 lbs. This puts the Passat up with some of the larger crossovers and full-size SUVs on the market today.