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All you need to know about towbars for Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen first introduced the Passat into their range in 1997. The Volkswagen Passat is available as a Coupe, Estate, or Saloon. So you know you are installing the right towbar on your Volkswagen Passat, we have looked at towing capacity, electrical kits, bumper cuts and more for each variation of Volkswagen Passat below.


Volkswagen Passat Saloon Towbars

The Volkswagen Passat Saloon was first released in 1997. To determine which variant of Volkswagen Passat you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


Volkswagen Passat Saloon Nose Weight

Saloon models made between 1997 and 2000 have a minimum nose weight of 85 kg and a maximum nose weight of 85 kg, between 2001 and 2005 have a minimum nose weight of 85 kg and a maximum nose weight of 85 kg, between 2005 and 2011 have a minimum nose weight of 85 kg and a maximum nose weight of 90 kg, vehicles made after 2015 have a minimum nose weight of 90 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


Volkswagen Passat Saloon Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Saloon to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for Volkswagen Passat Saloon

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Saloon, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Saloon and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


Volkswagen Passat Saloon Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Saloon requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Saloon can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local Volkswagen dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


Volkswagen Passat Saloon Bumper Cuts

Saloon models made between 1997 and 2000 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2001 and 2005 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2005 and 2011 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, vehicles made after 2015 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


Volkswagen Passat Saloon Towing Capacity

Saloon models made between 1997 and 2000 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 2200 kg, between 2001 and 2005 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 2200 kg, between 2005 and 2011 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2200 kg, vehicles made after 2015 have a towing capacity of 2200 kg to 2200 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Saloon is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Saloon may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


Volkswagen Passat Estate Towbars

The Volkswagen Passat Estate was first released in 1997. To determine which variant of Volkswagen Passat you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


Volkswagen Passat Estate Nose Weight

Estate models made between 1997 and 2000 have a minimum nose weight of 85 kg and a maximum nose weight of 85 kg, between 2000 and 2005 have a minimum nose weight of 85 kg and a maximum nose weight of 85 kg, between 2006 and 2011 have a minimum nose weight of 85 kg and a maximum nose weight of 90 kg, between 2010 and 2015 have a minimum nose weight of 85 kg and a maximum nose weight of 90 kg, vehicles made after 2014 have a minimum nose weight of 90 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


Volkswagen Passat Estate Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Estate to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for Volkswagen Passat Estate

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Estate, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Estate and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


Volkswagen Passat Estate Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Estate requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Estate can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local Volkswagen dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


Volkswagen Passat Estate Bumper Cuts

Estate models made between 1997 and 2000 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2000 and 2005 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2006 and 2011 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2010 and 2015 will require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, vehicles made after 2014 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


Volkswagen Passat Estate Towing Capacity

Estate models made between 1997 and 2000 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 2200 kg, between 2000 and 2005 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 2200 kg, between 2006 and 2011 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2200 kg, between 2010 and 2015 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2200 kg, vehicles made after 2014 have a towing capacity of 2200 kg to 2200 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Estate is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Estate may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(CC) Towbars

The Volkswagen Passat Coupe(CC) was first released in 2008. To determine which variant of Volkswagen Passat you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(CC) Nose Weight

Coupe(CC) models made between 2008 and 2012 have a minimum nose weight of 85 kg and a maximum nose weight of 90 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(CC) Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Coupe(CC) to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for Volkswagen Passat Coupe(CC)

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Coupe(CC), like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Coupe(CC) and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(CC) Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Coupe(CC) requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Coupe(CC) can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local Volkswagen dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(CC) Bumper Cuts

Coupe(CC) models made between 2008 and 2012 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(CC) Towing Capacity

Coupe(CC) models made between 2008 and 2012 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2200 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Coupe(CC) is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Coupe(CC) may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(All variants) Towbars

The Volkswagen Passat Coupe(All variants) was first released in 2012. To determine which variant of Volkswagen Passat you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(All variants) Nose Weight

Coupe(All variants) models made vehicles made after 2012 have a minimum nose weight of 90 kg and a maximum nose weight of 90 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(All variants) Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Coupe(All variants) to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for Volkswagen Passat Coupe(All variants)

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Coupe(All variants), like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Coupe(All variants) and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(All variants) Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Coupe(All variants) requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Coupe(All variants) can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local Volkswagen dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(All variants) Bumper Cuts

Coupe(All variants) models made vehicles made after 2012 will require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


Volkswagen Passat Coupe(All variants) Towing Capacity

Coupe(All variants) models made vehicles made after 2012 have a towing capacity of 2200 kg to 2200 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Coupe(All variants) is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Coupe(All variants) may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


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