The 2018 Volkswagen Passat looks very familiar, it’s because it has the same appearance since the current generation debuted six years ago. It’s a long time, though it keeps getting updated, as most rivals have been redesigned. But that is also a proof that Passat receives for his practical personality.
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat is not a sedan if you are looking for speed and agility, but its spacious cabins, large and useful trunks, and easy to drive make it an excellent family vehicle, a car to get around town with friends or colleagues, or long distances travel in quiet comfort. With five trim levels, two available engines, and abundant features across the board, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is worth into the shopping list.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat is a five-passenger midsize sedan available in five trim levels: S, R-Line, SE, GT, and SEL Premium.
Standard features for the base S include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a power-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and one USB port. The optional Driver Assistance package adds forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring.
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line adds 19-inch alloy wheels, unique R-Line styling elements, heated side mirrors, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with shift paddles, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, VW Car-Net smartphone integration with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HD and satellite radio, the Driver Assistance package content plus adaptive cruise control. An optional R-Line Lighting package adds LED headlights and taillights.
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE builds on the R-Line features except for R-specific styling and wheels plus keyless entry and ignition, 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a sliding front armrest, Car-Net functionality and rear air vents.
The optional Technology package for the SE adds 18-inch wheels, automatic wipers, foglights, LED headlights and taillights, remote ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a hands-free trunk, front and rear parking sensors, heated rear seats, a navigation system, upgraded version of Car-Net and an eight-speaker sound system. LED headlights and taillights are optional on the SE.
The new GT trim is a mix of R-Line and SE trims, which adds sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, sport front seats, and two-tone simulated leather upholstery.
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium get all features from the lower trims along with 18-inch wheels, automatic wipers, power-folding mirrors, a lane departure warning system, an automated parallel-parking feature, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, a separate ski pass-through for the 60/40-split rear seats, a premium Fender audio system.
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat is front-wheel-drive and available with one of two engines: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V6 engine. The four-cylinder is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 gets a six-speed dual-clutch automatic (known as DSG).
All trim levels except the GT come standard with the turbocharged four-cylinder, which produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. In performance testing, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat with this engine accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 7.7 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy stand at 29 mpg combined (25 city/36 highway), which is an improvement from the previous year.
The 3.6-liter V6 are standard on the GT models and optional on the SEL Premium trim levels, and it produces 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. In track testing, the Passat GT hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. It’s EPA economy is rated at 22 mpg in combined driving (19 city/28 highway).
One of the most interesting parts of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is its friendly yet classy interior. The cabin material is excellent, and the layout is as you would expect from a German car maker, simple and logical. Competition is tight in the family sedan segment, but the 2018 Volkswagen Passat still has the feel of functionality and simplicity of luxury. Its the opposite of infotainment screens. Both the base unit and the 6.3 inch screen are very large, but the graphics resolution is not impressive. Even so, it’s easy to operate, and the standard smartphone integration feature is certainly very useful.
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat front seats are excellent, since they are completely comfortable and bolstered for almost all drivers. The leg room is very generous in the back, which means a comfortable place for most adults and plenty of room for child safety seat. The 2018 Passat is also the class leader for trunk space, with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The trunk openings are large, and the 60/40-split rear seat offers plenty of room for larger items.
Release Date and Price
Official pricing will start at $23,845 (including destination fee), a $585 increase over the previous year. The most notable change will be a $1,050 increase in the R-Line model. Pricing for the Passat GT has not yet been announced, but is expected to be below the $35,500 SEL Premium V6.