The 2015 Volkswagen Passat delivers a solid cabin, classy exterior design and decent selection of engines. Despite these perks, the main draw of this midsize sedan has are its relatively low price and high functionality. The 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine under its hood also provides excellent fuel economy at 9.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway (when equipped with a manual transmission).
Volkswagen is famous for many vehicles, and the Passat is one of them. Yet just like the Honda Civic, it does not distinguish itself in anyway. Its design is plain, but the sedan is functional and affordable, which is exactly what its purchasers are looking for. We also want to point out that the Passat is much classier than the Civic. The 2015 version doesn’t offer many changes, but it does have some. It comes with two new engines and an optional technology package that serves up a premium infotainment system with a rearview camera.
When it comes to exterior design, the Passat plays it conservatively – as always – while every other midsize sedan tries to “out-style” the other. Volkswagen’s largest sedan still looks as classy as you’d expect it to, featuring a sleek and slightly angular look. At the front, the vehicle has a hefty, three-bar horizontally slatted grille that allows the whole package to look more expensive than it really is. You can attach either 16- or 19-inch wheels, with the Sport Edition boasting the Luxor alloys that stand out visually.
Inside, the 2015 Passat offers a spacious and tastefully-designed five-passenger cabin, which isn’t all that surprising – since this a Passat after all. The base model is a little too plain for its own good, offering cloth seats and an audio system without a touchscreen. Admittedly, this is not even close to being impressive, but if you go for a higher trim, the problem instantly disappears. The mid-level models come with V-Tex faux-leather seating surfaces, and high-end versions get actual leather along with wood-grain trim. The Passat’s trunk is 15.9 cubic feet, which is plenty of space for a sedan. And thanks to 60/40-split folding rear seats, you can devote another chunk of the car to your stuff.
Under the hood, the new Volkswagen Passat can have out of three possible engines. The base model has a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline-powered engine that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Another gasoline-powered engine is a 3.6-litre V6 that cranks out 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which you can find in the higher trims. However, if you are looking for fuel efficiency, then your best bet is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel that yields 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with a manual transmission, its fuel economy sits at 9.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. However, this variant does require a liquid additive known as AdBlue, which reduces harmful emissions. The good news is that you can refill the liquid yourself, so there’s no need to go to your local dealership.
Overall, the 2015 Volkswagen Passat is an excellent sedan that gets just about everything right. It’s no Lexus or BMW, but it is reliable, classy and stylish. Give it a look and you just might like it.
2015 Volkswagen Passat
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Rating: 8.2 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|1.8 TSI Comfortline 5MT||$26,695||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|1.8 TSI Comfortline Tiptronic||$28,095||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|1.8 TSI Highline 5MT||$31,295||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|1.8 TSI Highline Tiptronic||$32,970||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|1.8 TSI Trendline 5MT||$23,975||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|1.8 TSI Trendline Tiptronic||$25,375||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3.6 FSI Comfortline DSG||$31,295||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3.6 FSI Highline DSG||$35,495||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||4|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
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The VW Passat good handling in any form with a trio of well-sorted powertrains. For our money, we'd look only at the two highest-efficiency engines, ignoring the most expensive Passats in the process.
For 2015, the Passat finally gets rid of the old 2.5-liter five-cylinder that used to serve duty as the standard engine. It was an ancient engine with little character and an odd sound. The picture brightens considerably with the new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that replaces it. It was introduced last year on a sole trim level and now migrates to the majority of the available specs. The turbo four has the same 170-hp rating as the in-line five, but finely tuned turbocharging and clever tech features like an integrated exhaust manifold bring its 184 pound-feet torque peak much lower. That torque peak is more a plateau, holding steady from below 2000 rpm to above 5000 rpm, completely unlike the lumpy five. VW quotes a 0-60 mph time for the manual turbo four Passat at 7.3 seconds, and it's clear from our experience that it delivers on that promise. The turbo four isn't just more capable, it's happier in its mission. It winds energetically and much more smoothly toward redline, and can be paired with paddle-shift controls for more direct control over the willing six-speed automatic. Gas mileage is much improved, and so is the car's whole demeanor.
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The 2015 Passat's 5-passenger interior is roomy for sure (see above), but is otherwise tastefully understated. Base versions of VW's midsize sedan are rather plain with cloth seats and – gasp! – an audio system that doesn't boast a touch screen. Both of those facets are rectified as one climbs trim levels. Midrange models receive Volkswagen's V-Tex faux-leather seating surfaces, while high-end trims get the real thing along with wood-grain trim. At nearly 15.9 cubic feet the Passat's trunk space is copious, and 60/40-split folding rear seats add to this sedan's versatility.
Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.
Standard safety features for the 2015 Volkswagen Passat include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is standard on SE, Sport and SEL trims. VW's Car-Net telematics system, standard from the Wolfsburg model on up, includes automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote vehicle access, stolen vehicle location and geo-fencing (which allows parents to set boundaries for teenage drivers). A Car-Net smartphone app lets owners control many of these functions on the go. However, features increasingly available on family sedans, such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and frontal collision warning aren't available.
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