2018 Volkswagen Passat Review

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2018 Volkswagen Passat Overview

Volkswagen has been constantly improving the Passat since its launch in 2012, and in 2018, Volkswagen brings some big updates to this leading midsize sedan.

Under the hood, the 2018 Passat has a new turbocharged 2.0-liter replaces the turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder that has been available since 2016. Power figures for the new engine are 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This setup will come paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy figures stand at 25 City, 36 Highway, and 29 Combined - a slight increase from the 1.8’s 23, 34, and 27 ratings. The 2018 Passat begins at $22,995 for the base S and climbs to $34,650 for the SEL Premium V6. The Passat GT will start at $29,090 when it arrives at dealers this summer.

Volkswagen is also introducing the GT, a new sporty flavor of the Passat. The GT offers an exterior that boasts upgraded bumpers, a blacked-out grille, red accenting on various trim pieces, a lip spoiler, and 19-inch wheels. The interior features carbon fiber trim, two-tone leatherette seat upholstery, and aluminum GT-badged sills. Power comes from a 3.6-liter VR6 that produces 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed dual-clutch transmission routes power to the front wheels. EPA fuel economy figures for the VR6 stand at 19, 28, and 22, and its sport suspension improves overall handling.

The Passat has a simple and clean design with a smooth body and small sculpting on the hood. The R-Line adds some sporty touches such new bumpers, R-Line badging on the grille and front fenders, and 19-inch wheels.

The Passat boasts one of the largest back seats in the midsize class, which is even big enough for the tallest of passengers to have leg and headroom.The seats provide excellent comfort and support, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard on all Passat trims. The trunk is also quite impressive with 15.9 cubic feet of space as the 60/40 split-folding rear seats only add to the Passat’s practicality. Like the exterior, the Passat’s interior sticks with a simple design.

Two infotainment systems are on offer, ranging in size from 5 to 6.3 inches. The larger 6.3-inch system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. However, navigation is available only on the SEL Premium. Reviewers described both systems as fast and easy to use.

Safety takes priority on the new Passat, which comes with a host of advanced safety features. All Passats come with 6 airbags, traction and stability control, a reversing camera, Automatic Post-Collision Braking systems, and the Intelligent Crash Response system. The base S is now available with an optional Driver’s Assistance Package that includes blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded Passat their highest rating in most tests.

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Ask William Maley how he started as an automotive writer and he would say he just fell into it. Based in Michigan, William has driven vehicles of all sizes and shapes. His work has appeared on Autobytel, CARFAX, Cheers & Gears, and U.S. News Best Cars.

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