Large interior; lots of technology; cavernous trunk; smooth and quick optional dual-clutch transmission
Timid styling; unremarkable driving experience
The SEL trim level is discontinued, which has resulted in some reshuffling of equipment. Forward collision warning with autonomous braking is now standard throughout the range. A blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert comes in at the R-Line and SE levels. The V6 engine can now be ordered in the SE trim with the Technology package. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available.
The 1.8T SE model is relatively affordable and comes with a useful amount of tech and safety equipment. The Technology package adds some luxury features and keeps the price (just) under $30,000. Find a Volkswagen Passat for sale
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat comes in basic 1.8T S, sporty 1.8T R-Line, midlevel 1.8T SE and upscale 1.8T SEL Premium and V6 SEL Premium.
The 1.8T S ($23,260) includes dual-zone climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, an automatic post-collision braking system, forward collision warning with autonomous braking, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, a 5-in center screen, Bluetooth, a CD player, an auxiliary input and a USB port.
The 1.8T R-Line ($24,795) adds performance-themed styling touches like 19-in alloy wheels, R-Line bumpers, a rear diffuser, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking-brake handle. It also introduces heated side mirrors, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, a power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and leatherette seating surfaces.
The 1.8T SE ($26,315) adds 17-in alloy wheels, a power sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, satellite radio, a 6.3-in touchscreen and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift lever and parking-brake handle.
Drivers looking to add more equipment to the SE should consider the Technology package, which adds $2,500 to the price. It includes a HomeLink garage-door opener, a hands-free trunk opener, passive entry with push-button starting, automatic wipers, navigation, heated rear seats and blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and automatic braking.
The 1.8T SEL Premium ($31,815) has LED headlights and taillights, power-folding mirrors, a power adjustable front passenger seat, leather upholstery, a remote starter, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, a full-color driver information display, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free trunk lid, automatic parallel parking system, a Fender-branded audio system and satellite radio.
At the top of the range is the V6 SEL Premium ($34,815), which brings the V6, a dual-clutch automatic transmission and paddle shifters.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2017 Ford Fusion -- Upgraded for 2017, the Fusion offers handsome styling, lots of technology, sharper handling and more powertrain choices than the Passat. The VW has a bigger interior, though.
2017 Honda Accord -- The Accord is a clear class-leader thanks to its roomy cabin, excellent reliability and fuel-efficient powertrains.
2017 Hyundai Sonata -- The Sonata shares a lot of the Passat's benefits, including lots of technology, competitive pricing and a large, comfortable interior.
2017 Toyota Camry -- Solid and dependable, the Camry is a perennial best-seller, and it's even getting some attitude design-wise, as well.
Used Audi A6 -- For more luxury and premium style, check out a certified pre-owned A6.