2018 Volkswagen Passat Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Tourmaline Blue Metallic
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$16,434 - $29,595
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MPG (up to)
25 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
174-280
Seats
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How 2018 Volkswagen Passat Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.1 Overall Score
Performance 4.4Comfort 4.1Styling 4.2Value 3.7

What's New

For 2018 the new VW Passat gets a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that is more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the 1.8-liter it replaces. The sedan’s longer 6-year or 72,000-mile warranty is also new. And there’s a new Passat GT model with a lower sport suspension, 19-inch wheels and 280-horsepower V6 engine.

Volkswagen Passat Models & Trims

chevronDown icon 2.0T S $16,434 - $19,981
Horsepower: 174 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon R-Line $17,977 - $21,910
Horsepower: 174 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.0T SE $19,472 - $23,595
Horsepower: 174 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.0T SE w/Technology $29,595
Horsepower: 174 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.0T SEL Premium $20,272 - $24,997
Horsepower: 174 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon V6 SEL Premium $21,530 - $26,465
Horsepower: 280 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon V6 GT $20,356 - $25,023
Horsepower: 280 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.7
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Great and smooth acceleration/speed.

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The 2018 Volkswagen Passat/tsi has been one of my personal favorites. The performance of the car is incredibly smooth and safe. The reliability is a plus too, thanks to the sensors and automated systems that help when it comes to long road trips. Although the car is not much when it comes to space, it is nice for many other reasons. One of those reasons being the tsi, the acceleration and the amount of speed gained within seconds, seat warmers, and the amount of gas it wastes in just a day! I have taken so many long road trips and I only needed to fill up my tank 2 times the most! The 2018 Volkswagen Passat/tsi is something I would recommend to a traveler, business person, or even a college student.

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The car for anyone who wants a reliable and comfortable sedan.

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My car is very comfortable. I love the spacious trunk and back seat. The sun roof brightens the car and opens it up. It is moderately fuel efficient and drives really smooth. It comes with apple carplay capability which is really nice and efficient, especially when it reads your texts out loud and lets you respond completely hands free. The blind spot detectors are convenient especially with motorcycles, and the back up camera is great. This car has heated seats and dual-zone climate control which is perfect for maximizing comfort. I would recommend this car to anyone who needs a reliable, spacious, and comfortable sedan.

Kay A
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The Volkswagen Passat: affordable luxury.

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The Volkswagen Passat is what I would call 'affordable luxury. ' the interior is very similar to the Audi - the instrumentation is easy to read and displays are customizable. The seating is comfortable in the front and the back seat is roomy. I love the apple carplay capability which allows me to sync my iPhone and use it hands free while driving in addition to allowing the use of the maps app. I also like the new maintenance schedule for the VWs which only require me to return the car for service every 10,000 miles - this is a real money saver!

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$16,434 - $19,981
$17,977 - $21,910

Horsepower

Horsepower
174 (hp)
174 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L TSI 174 HP 16V Turbo 4
2.0L TSI 174 HP 16V Turbo 4
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
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Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Optional
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Optional
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.4 (in.)
42.4 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.3 (in.)
38.3 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.1 (in.)
39.1 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.8 (in.)
37.8 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.9 (cu. ft.)
15.9 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/60TR16
P235/40HR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.4 (in.)
110.4 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.4 (ft.)
36.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
191.9 (in.)
191.9 (in.)

Width

Width
72.2 (in.)
72.2 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3274 (.lbs)
3274 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
174 (hp)
174 (hp)

Torque

Torque
184 (ft. lbs.)
184 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 (.lbs)
100 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 (gal.)
18.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
31 (mpg)
31 (mpg)

City

City
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
36 (mpg)
36 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Optional
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
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Optional
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Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

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Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot Sensor
  • Front Assist w/Autonomous Emergency Braking and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Park Pilot Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Park Distance Control w/Park Assist Automated Parking Sensors
  • Lane Assist Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Assist Lane Departure Warning *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (2)

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Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Foundation Components > Disc > Caliper Aug 14, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 14, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V536000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2017-2018 Volkswagen Passat vehicles. The brake caliper bracket mounting bolts on these vehicles may not have been tightened sufficiently.
Consequence:
The loose brake bracket bolts can allow the caliper to move, reducing braking ability or causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake caliper bracket bolt tightness, replacing and re-torque the bolts as necessary, free of charge. Additionally brake caliper fasteners, bleeder valve, and brake hose bolts will be checked and torqued to the correct specification, if necessary, free of charge. For Passat vehicles, dealers will also inspect the parking brake cable for proper connection, free of charge. The recall began September 14, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 46H6.
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Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Foundation Components > Disc > Caliper May 31, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
May 31, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V369000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Passat, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf SportWagen and GTI and Audi Q5 and SQ5 vehicles. The brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have insufficient coating, potentially reducing the brake performance.
Consequence:
A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen and Audi will notify their owners. Audi dealers will bleed the rear brakes. Volkswagen dealers will bleed the front and rear brake calipers. Note: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the brake system has been checked. The recall began June 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 and Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 47N8, 47N9, and 47N6.

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