2018 Volkswagen Passat

Buyer's Guide

Volkswagen's Passat family sedan gets a boost in the power department for 2018 thanks to a new 2.0L four-cylinder engine that replaces the 1.8L in last year's base model.

It brings a modest increase of seven hp, for 177 total, matches the old engine's 184 lb-ft of torque and promises better fuel consumption thanks to its use of the Miller combustion cycle, which results in a higher effective compression ratio.

While those are fine reasons to plug a new motor into a car, Volkswagen's ultimate goal is to reduce the number of engines it uses in its different model lines: The 2.0L is a re-tuned version of the one in the new Tiguan crossover and the Passat shares its version with the Beetle coupe and convertible.

The Passat continues to be available in Trendline+, Comfortline and Highline trims. Inside, all trims lose their analog dashboard clock and, models without navigation now do without a digital compass and the base car's exterior is no longer adorned with chrome trim.

Comfortline models get a new 17-inch alloy wheel design, while the base and Highline cars stick with their 16-, 18- and 19-inch wheels.

There are no options in the Trendline+, but it comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration systems, as well as heated front seats, trip computer and a driver alert system.

Comfortline adds blind spot monitoring, heated rear seats, LED headlights and LED taillights. A driver assistance package adds radar cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and lane assist.

The Highline can also be optioned with the driver assistance pack and an R-Line appearance group that brings, among other things, those 19-inch wheels. This is also the only trim that can be had with a 3.6L V6 engine that makes 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Navigation is a stand-alone option in Comfortline and Highline models.

Fuel consumption estimates for the 2.0L are 9.3/6.5 L/100 km (city/highway), figures that are notably lower than those for the outgoing 1.8L. The V6's ratings are 12.2/8.5 L/100 km.

The Passat is a big, comfortable car with great rear-seat legroom and a huge trunk, but its styling is forgettable next to new-for-2018 versions of the Toyota Camry (believe or not) and the Honda Accord. With VW well into an SUV and crossover-centric product offensive, we can't help but wonder how much longer the Passat has left to live.

2018 Volkswagen Passat Specifications

There are 5 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $26,195 MSRP
7.9
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
174 hp @5000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
Trendline+ Auto $26,195 5 Sedan
Trendline+ Auto 174 hp @5000 rpm 184 ft-lb @1500 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Trendline+ Auto 191.9" 72.2" 58.5" 110.4"
Trendline+ Auto
Trendline+ Auto Cloth Seats
Trendline+ Auto
Trendline+ Auto
Comfortline Auto $31,195 5 Sedan
Comfortline Auto 174 hp @5000 rpm 184 ft-lb @1500 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Comfortline Auto 191.9" 72.2" 58.5" 110.4"
Comfortline Auto
Comfortline Auto Premium Synthetic Seats
Comfortline Auto
Comfortline Auto
GT DSG $33,795 5 Sedan
GT DSG 280 hp @6200 rpm 258 ft-lb @2500 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
GT DSG 191.9" 72.2" 58.5" 110.4"
GT DSG
GT DSG Premium Synthetic Seats
GT DSG
GT DSG
Highline Auto $35,795 5 Sedan
Highline Auto 174 hp @5000 rpm 184 ft-lb @1500 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Highline Auto 191.9" 72.2" 58.5" 110.4"
Highline Auto
Highline Auto Leather Seats
Highline Auto
Highline Auto
Highline DSG $37,795 5 Sedan
Highline DSG 280 hp @6200 rpm 258 ft-lb @2500 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Highline DSG 191.9" 72.2" 58.5" 110.4"
Highline DSG
Highline DSG Leather Seats
Highline DSG
Highline DSG

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Volkswagen / Passat

Average Rating

2007 Volkswagen Passat

by LASUKIE on 10-16-2012
Always Going to be VW
This is our second Passat. Great leather interior, mileage is excellent (great for highway driving), 6 speed manual transmission, and great power acceleration. Although it is a great car, there are minor concerns with the electrical system - remote control opening all doors with the exception of the drivers door, fuse blowing from time to time when the phone charger is plugged in, and the greatest concern is the parking brake, which is not a manual lever, does not always release when you are ready to drive the car, with no easy fixes. Hopefully these issues have been fixed with newer model vehicles!
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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2002 Volkswagen Passat

by webhead on 10-16-2012
Great Family Vehicle
We have had this car for about a year now and use it for day to day family needs. It has quite a lot of room for a car this size. The gas mileage is not so great partly caused by the V6 engine.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
3/5
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2001 Volkswagen Passat

Trim: GLS 1.8T
by Lovemycar on 10-16-2012
Great driving automobile!
Love the car! The GLS has lots of power with the 1.8 Turbo that kicks in and also the Tiptronic transmission allows you to downshift for additional power or up-shift for smooth cruising. It is an automatic with standard-like shifting options for ultimate control. The car is roomy and comfortable with lots of legroom, headroom and elbow room front and back. The rear seats fold down to allow you to take large items like skiis to the hills without fiddling with a roof rack, or you can pack your bike inside the car. The trunk space is amazingly large. It has a multi-function trip computer that provides you with all the data required for a safe and comfortable ride anywhere. It is a great family car and sporty enough for any first time buyer.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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