Contrary to what you might expect from VW, the Passat is more spacious than average for this segment, especially when it comes to rear legroom and cargo capacity.
- The engine roster starts with a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 170 horsepower, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. A five-speed manual is available on certain trim levels, a rarity for this class.
- Next up is a turbodiesel 2-liter four-cylinder (TDI) that produces 150 horsepower and achieves up to 35 mpg in combined driving. The TDI comes with its own transmission choices: a six-speed manual or six-speed automated manual known as DSG.
- Your top power choice is a 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, which comes with the DSG only.
Engine availability is determined by trim level:
Gets the 1.8-liter engine and your choice of the five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, plus standard features such as Bluetooth phone and audio, automatic headlamps, a six-speaker sound system and a split-folding rear seat. The S rolls on 16-inch steel wheels.
Comes standard with the automatic transmission and upgrades like leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver seat, satellite radio, alloy wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
Builds on the Wolfsburg with a rearview camera, upgraded instrumentation, 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-speaker sound system with a touchscreen display. Options for the SE include a sunroof and a navigation system.
Adds front sports seats, faux carbon fiber interior trim, a rear spoiler, 19-inch wheels and paddle shifters for the automatic transmission. The manual transmission is once again available.
Tops off the Passat with leather seating with driver memory and passenger power, navigation, a sunroof, keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, digital audio storage, HD radio and 18-inch wheels. The six-speed automatic is also standard.
Equipped like the 1.8T SE, but with the efficient turbodiesel engine, matched to your choice of the six-speed manual or DSG transmission.
Combines the SEL Premium equipment with the turbodiesel and standard DSG transmission.
Same as above, but with the more powerful V6 engine.
The TDI registers a truly stellar 44 mpg on the highway. We can't think of a more appropriate midsize sedan for frequent business travelers and long-distance commuters.
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