2012 VW Passat TDI Specifications

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    2012 VW Passat TDI Specifications


    MSRP: $25,995
    Destination: $770

    The TDI base trim, the SE, arrives with standard features including the following:
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Exterior chrome window trim
    • Keyless entry
    • V-Tex leatherette seating
    • Multi-Function leather-wrapped steering wheel w/ CC, audio and Bluetooth controls
    • 8-way power driver seat
    • Heated front seats
    • A/C
    • Dual zone automatic climate control
    • Trip computer
    • Radio-CD system (MP3-capable, plus external audio input)
    • Touchscreen premium VIII radio
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • One touch up/down power windows all around
    • Elegant and distinctive analog clock at the center of the instrument panel
    • Outside temperature display with frost warning
    • Aluminum trim dash and middle console
    • Sliding front center armrest
    • Automatic headlights with automatic coming and leaving home feature
    • Insulating glass
    • Two 12V power outlets
    • Rear center armrest with integrated cup holders
    • 60/40 folding rear seat
    Options Pricing:

    $1,900 – TDI SE with Sunroof: Adds in addition to the SE, a six-speed DSG automatic transmission and sunroof.

    $3,500 – TDI SE with Sunroof and NAVI: Adds in addition to the SE with Sunroof, 18” alloy wheels, RNS 315 Navigation, Mobile Device Interface (MDI), fog lights and exterior chrome accents.

    $6,200 – TDI SEL Premium: Adds in addition to the SE with Sunroof and NAVI, leather seating surfaces, comfort sport seats, keyless access and remote start, RNS 510 Navigation, Fender Premium Audio System, driver seat memory, wood grain interior décor, 8-way power passenger seat and interior chrome accents.


    Engine Type: In-Line 4-Cylinder
    Engine Block/Cylinder Head: Cast Iron/Aluminum-Alloy
    Displacement (cc): 1,968
    Horsepower @ rpm: 140@4,000
    Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 236 @ 1,500 to 2,500
    Redline (rpm): 5,000
    Bore and Stroke (mm): 81.0 x 95.5
    Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
    Valvetrain: Belt driven DOHC w/ 4-valves per cylinder, hydraulic lifters and single valve springs
    Intake: Electronically controlled Direct Fuel Injection w/ Turbo charger
    Drive-by-Wire Throttle
    Front-Wheel Drive
    CARB Emissions Rating: ULEV-2
    Federal Emissions: Tier II/Bin5
    Required Diesel Emissions Fluid (DEF)


    Gear Ratios - 6-speed Manual/Automatic Transmission(s)

    1st: 3.77/3.46
    2nd: 1.96/2.05
    3rd: 1.26/1.3
    4th: 0.87/0.9
    5th: 0.86/0.91
    6th: 0.72/0.76

    Final Drive I: 3.68/4.12
    Final Drive II: 2.92/3.04

    Reverse: 4.56/3.99

    Calculated RPM@ 60 mph: 1,624 RPM!!!/1,785 RPM


    Unit-Body Construction
    MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
    Four-link independent Rear Suspension
    Stabilizer Bar (mm., front/rear): TBA/TBA
    Electro-Mechanical Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering
    Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock: 3.0
    Steering Ratio: 16.4:1
    Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft.): 36.4 ft.
    Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Rear Disc Brakes (in.): 12.3x1/10.7x0.4
    Wheels: 215/55 R17 All-Season Tires – Optional 235/45 R18
    Full-sized aluminum alloy spare wheel and tire


    Interior Measurements:


    Headroom (in., front/rear): 38.3/37.8
    Legroom (in., front/rear): 42.4/39.1
    Shoulder Room (in., front/rear): 56.9/57.0
    Hiproom (in., front/rear): TBA/TBA
    Cargo Volume (cu. ft.): 15.9
    Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): 102.0
    Seating Capacity: 5


    Exterior Measurements:

    Wheelbase (in.): 110.4
    Length (in.): 191.6
    Height (in.): 58.5
    Width (in.): 72.2
    Track (in., front/rear): 62.1/61.0
    Curb Weight (lbs. MT/AT): 3,360/3,397
    Cd: 0.31

    EPA Mileage Estimates/Capacities:

    6-Speed MT/AT (City/Highway): 31/43 mpgUS
    Crankcase (qt.): 5.3
    Coolant System (gal.): 9.2
    Fuel (gal.): 18.5
    Required Fuel: Diesel


    The new Passat offers VW’s No charge Care Free Maintenance program (3 years/36,000 miles) and the safety of Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System.

    Last edited: Jul 13, 2011
  2. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    I like the gearing at highway speeds, very similar to my car. Quite surprised about the alloy wheel with the spare tire, that could have been an easy way for VW to save a few dollars per car there. Don't think many people consider the spare tire and wheel as a deal breaker when making a car purchase, so long as there is one there.
  3. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    I dont care that its a large good looking sedan gas miser, that timing belt is a deal breaker for me :)

    That interior shot with the wood grain looks very classy..

    Hopefully they will sell lots of them.
  4. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Yeah it is a bit of a head scratcher why they still use timing belts for the TDI. I believe the interval is ~130k miles now though so it's not as bad as it used to be. Think it's closer to ~100k miles in Canada, probably due to the climate.
  5. nighthawk

    nighthawk Well-Known Member

    Not only that but they could probably free up some cargo space by using a smaller spare also.

    btw...what is VW's obsession with leatherette? I'll take mine with cloth seats, thanks.
  6. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Nice to see the MT is available. That wasn't the case in the last Passat TDI iteration (2003-04?), nor is it the case with the current Passat gas wagon.

    Speaking of wagons ... is there going to be one?

    Also amazing to see that the FE actually slightly beats the Jetta/Golf TDI if I'm not mistaken. Awesome gearing! This is the size of car that's appropriate to VW's powerful 2.0TD engine anyway. Too bad we can't get the 1.6 in the Golf and Jetta.

    I'm with nighthawk on the seats. Give me cloth any day. But I wouldn't let a timing belt be a deal-breaker ... do it on schedule and it's not a big deal. As for the spare, VW has made a BIG DEAL of offering full-sized spares in the past, and I'm sure it still matters to a lot of their buyers.
  7. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Ever since the Mk4 Jetta and Golf back around 2000, I think most, if not all, of the VWs have had a "real" spare tire. The one in my car is a 195/65R/15, not quite full size but definitely not a donut. Agreed on the lack of cloth seats, though it would not surprise me a huge amount if our Canadian TDI had them as standard :p

    I believe the fuel economy gain is due in part to cutting the amount of EGR the engine uses and using urea instead for exhaust aftereatment. Will have to wait for Wayne to get some seat time to see if it's a significant improvement or just them getting better at the EPA test.
  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Cloth seats are far superior when it gets hot.
  9. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Amen to that.
  10. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Leather's not so great at -30 either :p
  11. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    I hear the Passat will have an air-to-water intercooler. That is a big departure from the usual if true, the Jetta and Golf 2.0 and 1.9 were both air-to-air.

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