Volkswagen created the Passat to appeal to the All-American family, and with its new looks, better technology and popular features, it certainly aims to please. The move towards a smaller body frame while maintaining interior roominess gives the Passat the feel of a fresh, new model while maintaining all the safety features and adding advanced information and entertainment functionality. Overall, the Passat is considered to be a great value for the money, with overall interior quality rated highly for even the base trim levels, as well as high rankings from customers for size relative to price.
Looking for a sportier option? The new Passat has a fresh, new look that has been re-engineered from the ground up to broaden its appeal. This roomy midsize sedan enjoys an accommodating cabin with plenty of leg room for adults both in the front and in the rear. Premium editions include 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and knob, heated seats and keyless entry and ignition. A rear spoiler, wood grain interior, dual climate control and an integrated navigation system round out the SEL Premium offerings. The cockpit layout boasts refreshingly simple controls and a clean layout of interior gauges. The Passat has a more than ample trunk volume of 15.9 cubic feet, one of the largest in its class and a folding 60/40 back seat is standard which offers additional storage space for oversized objects.
Features such as an advanced touch interface and sensors make driving the Passat a fully digital experience and has excited many long-term Passat fans. An optional WiFi integration, cruise control and Bluetooth interface are also available, allowing users to interact easily and safely while driving. A Fender premium stereo, one of the best vehicle audio systems available, is offered as an option as well.
The front-wheel drive Passat has a standard five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, with premium models only coming in automatic. With an estimated combined EPA fuel economy of 28 mpg for automatics and manual transmissions alike, Passat does not disappoint the most cost-conscious consumers. Contrary to many hybrid sedans, the Passat easily exceeded estimates by the EPA when tested in real world conditions.
A suite of safety features are included in even the base model of Passat with antilock disc brakes, stability control, front and rear airbags and traction control. Premium trim packages for the Passat include a standard rearview camera, remote vehicle access, geo-fencing and automatic crash notification. The Passat’s government crash test rating is a perfect five stars overall, with crash protection both frontal and side also scoring the highest-possible five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the Passat its top score for side-impact and roof-strength tests, and head seat restraint design with whiplash protection also all received the highest possible rating. Another place the Passat really shines is in the easy placement of Latch anchors, used to firmly secure child-safety seats in the backseat.
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