Large interior; generous standard equipment; cavernous trunk
Timid styling; unremarkable driving experience
Trim levels are reduced to just two: The Wolfsburg Edition and the SE R-Line. This means a redistribution of standard equipment and a cutting down of options, while discontinuing the V6 engine/dual-clutch transmission drivetrain. Terra Brown Metallic joins the list of exterior paint options.
The Wolfsburg Edition has a lot of standard equipment for the price, and it seems counterintuitive to splash out for the SE R-Line instead of buying a fresher rival. A new generation is anticipated for 2020.
The 2019 Volkswagen Passat comes in Wolfsburg Edition and SE R-Line trim levels.
The Wolfsburg Edition ($26,190) includes 17-in alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, simulated leather seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an automatic post-collision braking system, forward-collision mitigation with emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, 60/40-split/fold rear seats, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, a 6.3-in infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration (VW Car-Net App-Connect), AM/FM/HD/satellite radio, a CD player, a 6-speaker audio system, auxiliary input and a USB port.
This trim level is eligible for 18-in alloy wheels and a power tilt-and-slide sunroof.
The SE R-Line ($30,890) has 19-in alloy wheels, R-Line cosmetic exterior and interior additions, full LED exterior lighting, a power sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, ambient cabin lighting, a remote start function, a hands-free trunk opening, a self-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, active blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, parking sensors front and rear, navigation, a Fender-branded audio system and two USB ports. There are no options for this trim.
|Basic||6 Years/72,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/72,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Ford Fusion -- Handsome styling, lots of technology, sharper handling, lower starting price and more powertrain choices than the Passat. The VW has a bigger interior, though.
2019 Honda Accord -- A clear class leader thanks to its roomy cabin, excellent reliability and fuel-efficient powertrains. An all-new generation debuted for 2018.
2019 Hyundai Sonata -- Shares a lot of the Passat's benefits, including lots of technology, competitive pricing and a large, comfortable interior.
2019 Toyota Camry -- Solid, dependable and a perennial best-seller. It even has some attitude in its design. Like the Accord, this generation debuted for 2018.