The Volkswagen Passat has long been a favorite for shoppers looking for a bit more stylish and luxury for their mid-sized family sedans. For many drivers, the Passat has generally filled the gap between normal, boring family cars and luxury brands that are not financially affordable. Offering a classy, understated style inside and out, the Volkswagen Passat impresses with its quiet and refined driving character. A quality cabin, competent handling along with a flexible ride, are the 2018 Volkswagen Passat hallmark.
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat is a four-door midsize sedan sold in six trim levels: S, R-Line, SE, SE with Technology, GT, and SEL Premium.
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat is front-wheel-drive and available with one of two engines. Standard on every trim except the GT is a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Its paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. With the previous 1.8-liter engine, the Passat accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 7.7 seconds. This year’s 2.0-liter Passat could be more quicker. EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 29 mpg combined (25 city/36 highway), which is average for this class.
Optional for the SEL Premium and standard on the GT is a 3.6-liter V6 good for 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Its mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic (known as DSG). It’s rated at 22 mpg in combined driving (19 city/28 highway).