2018 Passat: The Driver’s Sport Sedan

Elegant design, advanced driver-focused technology and superlative handling establishes the 2018 Passat as a must-drive sedan. Built in Tennessee, the Passat comes with a six-year or 72,000-mile limited warranty that bests its competitors’ bumper-to-bumper coverage in both years and mileage.

Under the Hood

The 2018 Passat offers a pair of engine options: the new 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder or a stout 3.6-liter VR6.

The changes in the new version of the EA888 provide more power and efficiency. It retains many key features of its predecessors, from chain-driven double overhead camshafts to the twin balance shafts. The new engine management system featuring four core processors monitors the system and adjusts on the fly.

Passat models equipped with the 2.0-liter engine are offered with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 3.6-liter VR6, which comes standard on SEL Premium models and the new GT, establishes the 2018 Passat as a sport sedan.

Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters come on the GT and SEL Premium packages.

Comfort and Convenience

The dashboard in the 2018 Passat is structured with sharp contours and a sculpture line, framing the elements below.

The instrument cluster hosts a pair of dial faces with a display screen set between them. Chrome trim pieces like bezels around the air vents, upper door trim and the shift lever lend a luxurious feel to the interior.

Cloth trim comes standard on the base S model, while the R-Line, GT and SE packages come with Volkswagen’s perforated V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces. SEL Premium models boast Vienna leather seating surfaces and a new Golden Oak interior color scheme of black and brown.

The MIB II Infotainment system comes standard across the Passat line. This system lays the foundation for the next generation of Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected vehicle services platform. The infotainment system includes aux-in and USB multimedia interfaces, along with a rearview camera and standard Bluetooth technology.


The 2018 Passat offers a blend of active and passive safety systems. The sedan meets or surpasses all current crash regulations and comes with six airbags standard, as well as a number of automatic safety systems.

The Post-Collision Braking system is a standard safety on every 2018 Passat. This safety system revolves around the theory that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, instead a series of events that follow the initial impact. This system applies the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, reducing residual kinetic energy and, lessening the chance of additional damage.

The Passat also includes Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System that turns off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and automatically turns on the hazard lights when the sedan is involved in certain types of collisions.

ParkPilot (available on SE versions with Technology trims) relies on ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers to monitor a range of up to five feet in front or behind the Passat. This system activates when in reverse at or below 9 mph, providing guidance when parking or in tight spaces. Audible and visual warnings kick in when the sedan approaches parked cars or static objects from the front or rear.

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