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2019 Volkswagen Passat: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Contributing Editor - September 24, 2018
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Model Preview

The Volkswagen Passat returns for 2019 with just two trim levels — the Wolfsburg Edition and the SE R-Line. Gone are the S, SE, SEL and GT trims and their variants. The most significant other changes this year has to do with packaging as several driver-assist features are now standard.

Volkswagen also dropped the previously available V6 engine. All 2019 Passats are now solely powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine works with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Wolfsburg Edition replaces the S trim and brings with it several noteworthy changes. This model has 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (up from 16 inches) and gains a 6.3-inch touch-screen display. Volkswagen’s Car-Net app suite, satellite radio and voice control are standard. Among the other upgrades include heated side mirrors, standard keyless edition with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, imitation leather seats, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

2019 Volkswagen Passat

As for the SE R-Line, this trim builds on the sporty touches of the previous R-Line model’s special front and rear bumpers and 19-inch Salvador alloy wheels. LED lighting — headlights, daytime running lights and taillights — are now standard. Items previously offered on the top-trim models are now included with this trim. These are: an easy open trunk, a full infotainment system with navigation, ambient lighting, a Fender audio system, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and park distance control.

All models now have forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, a blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert.

Pricing and Release Date

The 2019 Passat goes on sale this fall.

Official pricing is $26,190 including destination for the Wolfsburg edition and $30,890 for the SE R-Line.

Among the many competitors are the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu and Nissan Altima. Also, the Subaru Legacy, Mazda6, Hyundai Sonata and the Kia Optima occupy the midsize sedan segment.

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