Get to Know the Iconic Volkswagen Passat, and Discover the Sedan that's Been Turning Heads for More than Four Decades

Volkswagen is the brand name that drivers around the globe have turned to and trusted for decades. At Volkswagen of Mt. Prospect, we proudly serve the greater Arlington Heights area with a full collection of the latest Volkswagen models and styles in our new vehicle inventory, and we're excited to be a part of the longstanding VW tradition of performance and quality with our extensive selection of vehicle options, including the renowned Volkswagen Passat sedan.

History of the Legendary Volkswagen Passat

While the Volkswagen brand dates back to 1930s Germany, the carmaker's lineup has featured various models and styles over the years. But the oldest one to consistently stick around is the Passat.

Currently available strictly as a sleek, four-door sedan with signature Volkswagen engineering, the Passat made its first debut in Europe in 1973. Here in the U.S. this beloved car first debuted in 1974 as the Dasher. It then became known as the Quantum for a few years and has been called "Passat" since 1990. It's been a two-door car, a hatchback, a wagon, a fastback, and more over the decades, all culminating into the sophisticated sedan we know and love today, one of the most popular cars in our collection here in Mount Prospect.

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2021 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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Exterior Design and Style

Take a closer look at the collection of new Passat options in stock on this page to get started on your journey towards a new car. You'll find a smooth, mid-sized sedan with comfortable seating for five people in two rows, and an eye-catching exterior design that's highlighted by the front grille and recognizable VW logo that other drivers will notice even from a distance.

As a classic sedan, these new Passat models feature the security and safety of a locking trunk for all your gear. Transport cargo securely and keep your important items away from the prying eyes of passersby, by keeping it locked away and out of sight in the spacious and accommodating Passat trunk. This cargo hold has a 16 cubic-feet capacity, which is plenty of space for your golf clubs, suitcases, groceries, and more.

Interior Comfort and Design

Slip inside the new Volkswagen Passat, and prepare to be greeted by a well-crafted interior that's designed with meticulous attention to detail. High-quality materials cover every inch, and the seats are constructed with soft materials and plenty of padding to keep you cozy even on long road trips. Have gangly teenagers or tall friends who will be passengers in your Passat? This car has more than 42 inches of front seat legroom, and up to 39.1 inches of backseat legroom, meaning there's more than enough space for everyone to stretch out in.

Power and Performance

Longtime fans of the Volkswagen family know our cars and SUVs are fun to drive, with responsive handling, smooth shifting, and exciting performance, and the Passat is a perfect example of why. Every model in this lineup gets a turbocharged engine under its hood, in the form of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powertrain.

With a standard, six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, this car is rated for 174 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque.

Trim Levels

When it comes to personalizing the latest Passat for your Des Plaines and Palatine drives, Volkswagen knows you want options, and they deliver. This car has four great trim levels available to choose from, each of which adds to and builds on the features of the previous model to give drivers an impressive range of options. The lineup includes:

  • Volkswagen Passat S, the base model, starts drivers off with a roster that includes LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, touchscreen technology, and more.
  • Volkswagen Passat SE, next up in the collection, this trim keeps the previous model's features, and adds such things as heated front seats, automatic climate control, and a power-adjustable driver's seat.
  • Volkswagen Passat R-Line, the upper-level R-Line is a sporty sedan, with larger, 19-inch wheels and sporty design tweaks and elements.
  • Volkswagen Passat SEL, the top-of-the-line option for this model, the SEL trim delivers premium luxury and refinement, with touches that include leather upholstery, an upgraded sound system, driver's seat memory functions, and more.


In addition to the performance and style drivers love, the VW Passat also has all your wants and needs met when it comes features. Pamper yourself and spoil your passengers with all the latest automotive tech features available. Many are standard for the lineup including smartphone integration and Bluetooth, and many others are optional, such as:

  • Navigation
  • Traffic-adapting cruise control
  • Heated rear seats
  • Remote engine start system


Style and performance make driving fun. Tech features make it interesting. But in order to get your attention, the Volkswagen Passat needs to be safe, and there it covers all your bases. A range of the latest safety features are available on this car, depending on which trim level you choose, with highlights including:

  • Standard blind-spot monitoring
  • Standard forward collision warning
  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • Optional lane-keeping assistance

Meet and Test Drive the Volkswagen Passat in Mount Prospect

The best way to understand what's made the Passat a popular car for the last 40+ years is a test drive. Let our team introduce you to the new Volkswagen models we have in stock. Apply for financing online, and let's help you get the vehicle, and the payment plan, you want soon.