(2007 edition shown)
For 2008, the Passat gets modest changes. The trim levels are now aligned with those on the Eos convertible - namely, they're the Turbo, Komfort, Lux, and VR6.
The following features that are now standard on all Passats: leather steering wheel, leather shift
Trim by trim, the Turbo model is now the only sedan that can be outfitted with the manual gearbox. There's new interior trim and chrome window trim on this edition, and heated front
The Komfort edition wears new 17-inch wheels and optional seat heaters, while the Lux edition includes a multifunction three-spoke steering wheel and an optional Dynaudio sound system. The VR6 edition gets heated washer nozzles, optional bi-xenon adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control.
The current Passat has 2.4 inches more rear-seat legroom than the previous generation as well as an available 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 and optional 4Motion all-wheel drive. The standard Passat engine is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder developing 200 horsepower. It can be teamed with either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with Tiptronic manual-shift capability. The V-6 comes only with the six-speed automatic but is about a second faster to 60 mph than the four-cylinder/manual transmission version of the Passat, which gets there in about 7.6 seconds.
Front side and full-length head/curtain airbags are standard; side airbags for back-seat passengers are optional on the Passat.
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