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The standard features of the Volkswagen Passat 1.8T S include 1.8L I-4 170hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, Climatronic automatic air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.
Starting at: $22,440
Lease a 2017 Passat 1.8T S with automatic transmission for $219* a month. 36-month lease, $1,999 due at signing. Excludes tax, title, license, registration, options and dealer fees. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
*Closed end lease financing available through May 1, 2017 for a new, unused 2017 Passat 1.8T S with automatic transmission, on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $23,260 and destination charges, excluding title, tax, options, accessories, and dealer fees. Amount due at signing includes first month’s payment, capitalized cost reduction, and acquisition fee of $625. Monthly payments total $7,884. Your payment will vary based on dealer contribution and the final negotiated price. Lessee responsible for insurance, maintenance and repairs. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $350, $.20/mile over 36,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Purchase option at lease end for $11,164.80 excludes taxes, title and other government fees. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-Drive-VW. © 2017 Volkswagen of America, Inc.
|1.8T S Search New||$22,440||170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||23 / 34|
|1.8T R-Line Search New||$23,975||170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||23 / 34|
|1.8T SE (A6) Search New||$25,495||170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||23 / 34|
|1.8T SE w/Technology Search New||$27,995||170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||23 / 34|
|V6 SE w/Technology Search New||$29,295||280-hp 3.6L 6-cyl||6-spd auto with auto-shift||20 / 28|
|1.8T SEL Premium Search New||$30,995||170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||23 / 34|
|V6 SEL Premium Search New||$33,995||280-hp 3.6L 6-cyl||6-spd auto with auto-shift||20 / 28|
With the 170-hp four-cylinder turbo, power comes on early and stays there for most of the rev range. The engine feels quicker than it is, about 8.0 seconds to get from zero to sixty, and it isn’t ever taxed during daily driving. The 6-speed automatic shifts smoothly.
Even with 110 more horsepower on paper, and a strong 258 pound-feet of torque, the V6 (called VR6) doesn’t always feel that much faster than the turbo four. It’s strong and confident, but its acceleration of 6.5 seconds from zero to sixty might not be worth the lower fuel mileage by four miles per gallon, plus the need for Premium fuel.
The V6 is mated to a dual-clutch 6-speed automatic manual transmission, with different gearing than the regular 6-speed automatic in the four cylinder.
The Passat is extremely pleasant to drive, with steering that’s light, accurate and nicely weighted, some of the best steering in the midsize class. The suspension is relatively taut for good control, yet the ride is comfortable.
It’s generally very quiet inside.
Last year the Passat got some rough edges smoothed out, including a new grille that’s finely drawn, and domed hood. It’s not all swoopy and edgy or wedgy like other midsize cars are trying to be. It’s not boxy, although the roof is more upright. The surfaces are clean and the lines spare. It’s consistent with the new Golf family.
We like the instrument panel because it’s so simple and clean. Informative and functional, period. Intuitive. Easy to operate. Buttons, switches, and big readable gauges, right where they should be. Wood or metal trims the broad dash.
Big cupholders hide under a flip-up lid next to the handbrake, and a bin ahead of the shift lever is sized to items like hold cell phones and key fobs.
The infotainment system is the latest, called MIB II, with touch controls and proximity sensing. It features telematics, connected via VW Car-Net, and integrated apps for smartphones, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.
The front seats aren’t as plush as those in other more upscale VWs, but they offer excellent adjustability, good thigh bolstering and plenty of rearward travel. There’s god legroom in the rear, and even better headroom and ease of entry, thanks to the upright roof. In fact, there’s more space than many full-size sedans.
In the SE model, the seats are faux leather; it’s supple and smooth vinyl. The SEL gets leather and grippy faux suede inserts.
The trunk is spacious, nearly the largest in the class at 15.9 cubic feet. That beats the Accord by 1 cubic foot, but is still half a cubic foot smaller than the Hyundai Sonata. When you compare it to full size cars, it’s almost 3 cubic feet smaller than the Chevy Impala. You can open it by waving your foot under the bumper.
The rear seat drops from the trunk, using levers on the back of the seat. All cars should be so smart.
Visibility is excellent. With lots of glass, folding rear headrests, and slim roof pillars, there’s a broad and open view of the world around the car. A good plus for safety.
The Passat is a strong value, especially with the base four-cylinder engine. Great powertrains, super clean and functional instrumentation. The only thing it might lack is excitement, but it doesn’t lack class. and for sure it doesn’t lack excellent engineering. And if you get excited by everything working, you’ll be happy.
Sam Moses contributed to this report.
The 2017 Passat 1.8-liter comes in S ($22,440), SE ($25,495), and SEL ($30,995) models. Also available is the V6 and DSG in SE ($29,295) and SEL ($33,995). There’s also a sporty Passat R-Line ($23,975).
Unlike many base models, the S is well equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, VW’s newest infotainment with a 5.0-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, six-speakers sound system, fabric upholstery, split-folding rear seat. Options include LED headlamps, taillights, fog lamps, and running lamps.
The SE adds rear climate control vents, keyless ignition, leather trim, heated washer nozzles and side mirrors, additional leather and leatherette trim, leatherette upholstery, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, voice control, and an upgraded MIB II infotainment system with 6.3-inch screen VW Car-Net App-Connect.
SEL adds 18-inch alloy wheels, stainless steel pedals, Fender premium audio, power front seats with memory settings, sport seats, and a rear armrest with a pass-through to the trunk.
Upper trim levels of the Passat can include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and a new parking assistant.
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