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2019 Volkswagen Passat OVERVIEW
Sometimes less is more in the competitive mid-size sedan segment. Such is the case with the 2019 Volkswagen Passat. Formally offered in six, highly-complex trim levels, the latest Passat arrives at Volkswagen dealerships in two, simplified trims. Powered by a peppy 2.0-liter TSI engine and packed with advanced driver-assist technology features, the 2019 VW Passat continues to be an affordable and dependable option.
What's New for 2019
Volkswagen has made a few changes to its 2019 Passat – primarily in the trim levels. The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is offered as a Wolfsburg Edition or SE R-Line. New standard safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Passat
The 2019 VW Passat receives power from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder carry-over engine from last year. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, this powerplant produces 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Passat returns an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 29 combined.
The Passat features several passive and active safety systems including six airbags, Electronic Stability Control, and an Anti-Lock Braking System. An Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is also standard across the two trims, which applies the brakes when an initial collision occurs, which helps to reduce the chance of additional damage.
The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is incredibly easy to configure – perhaps to its detriment. Its lack of package options or upgraded trim levels may be a deterrent to some new car shoppers. Arguably the best value the Passat offers consumers is drivability. It’s a wonderful option for those in search of a reliable daily-driver that can also be used for long-distance road trips.
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