Vast backseat space; comfortable ride; crisp handling; smooth available VR6; excellent efficiency from the TDI model
The 2014 Passat features the choice of three engines. 1.8T Passats come with a 170-horsepower, 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, offered either with a standard 5-speed manual gearbox or optional 6-speed automatic. TDI-equipped models get a 140-hp turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine, while top-of-the-range 3.6L V6-equipped Passats step up to a 280-horsepower, 3.6L 'VR6' 6-cylinder engine. Both the TDI and VR6 engines come only with a 6-speed dual clutch DSG automatic transmission that can pull of remarkably quick shifts.
The 1.8L, new for 2014, is intended to save fuel while maintaining the level of performance buyers are used to. It manages 28 mpg combined, two better than last year's 2.5L 5-cylinder engine. The VR6 is the performance pick of the lineup; it's especially strong, smooth and responsive. But the TDI has the potential to put smiles on lots of faces; with an EPA highway fuel economy rating of 43 mpg and an astonishing 236 pound-feet of peak torque, which means this engine also has power to making highway passing and long uphill grades seem easy.
The new Passat's large cabin is spacious and feels airy, enhanced by an instrument panel that is designed to yield much of the space to the driver and front seat passenger. The backseat is very generously sized--with enough headroom and legroom for most adults--and getting in and out is easy. Across the model line, the Passat comes with a 60/40-split folding rear seatback.
The S model, which starts at $20,895, comes better-equipped than many of the competition's base models. A Bluetooth hands-free interface, air conditioning, remote locking, power accessories, a trip computer, steering-wheel controls and a 6-speaker CD sound system are all standard. The SE model adds leatherette upholstery, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, power heated side mirrors, an upgraded sound system with touch screen and 17-inch alloy wheels. SEL models bring a much more upscale look and feel with footwell lighting, added chrome trim, sport seats, a backseat ski pass-through and a navigation system. The SEL Premium model gets fog lamps, seat memory settings, push-button start and full leather upholstery. Top 3.6 SE and SEL models also get a sunroof and chrome-tipped dual exhaust system in addition to the SEL Premium equipment.
All Passat models include six standard airbags--including side-curtain airbags that cover front and rear occupants--plus standard electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and hydraulic brake assist.
The Passat replaces last year's 2.5L 5-cylinder engine with a more efficient and more powerful 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder unit. Volkswagen Car-Net telematics is also available for 2014.
The Passat is a midsized sedan, fully competitive in price and features with other high-value mid-size models such as the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. The Passat remains one of the few mid-size sedans to offer the option of a manual transmission and the only non-luxury mid-size to offer a diesel. That TDI model manages an astonishing 43 mpg EPA highway rating--enough to beat many hybrids.
Vehicle Price: 21,665.00
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