New 2019 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
Volkswagen Passat Sedan
The 2019 Volkswagen Passat sees its model line reduced this year, but still offers great value in a fun-to-drive European sedan.
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2019 Volkswagen Passat KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is a value-rich, American-made sedan with plenty of German engineering under its handsome skin. As VW’s largest car, the Passat does battle with such heavyweights as the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry. Despite a slowdown in sales, the Passat remains an attractive prospect, offering good performance, fuel economy and safety in the only mid-size German sports sedan you can buy for less than $30,000. Giving the Passat a leg up on its competitors is VW’s new 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, which dominates most competitors’ meager 3- and 5-year plans. Although not as powerful as a Kia Stinger or Nissan Maxima, the Passat’s 2.0-liter turbo engine is a brilliant performer that gets 36 mpg on the highway.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re looking for a conservatively styled family sedan with excellent safety ratings, good fuel economy, a big back seat and massive 15.9-cubic-foot trunk, the 2019 VW Passat will bring a smile to your face. Standard advanced driver-assist systems help the Passat earn a Top Safety Pick rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
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If the checklist for your next sedan includes all-wheel drive, a hybrid powertrain option, a V6 engine or genuine leather seating, it’s time to check the Passat off your shopping list. You’ll find newer interiors, features and infotainment systems in the Kia Optima or all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy, and better mileage from a hybrid Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, Volkswagen reduces the number of Passat trims to just two: Wolfsburg Edition and SE R-Line. The move consolidates equipment and standard features, making forward-collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitor and rear traffic alert standard on every car. The V6 GT has been dropped.
There’s an undeniable sporty side to the 2019 Volkswagen Passat personality, but comfort takes precedence in this sizable sedan. The ride is smooth and its spacious interior is quiet, even on the highway, where wind and road noise are kept out of the cabin. Visibility is excellent, and the light steering and brakes are responsive. Overall, it’s a sophisticated drive. The Passat is also playful, and when the situation calls for it this Volkswagen shows an athletic side. The standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder offers excellent power, providing lively acceleration from a dead stop or when you're at speed. The 6-speed automatic transmission is bit dated compared to the transmissions in some of the Passat’s competition, but it’s well-tuned and well-geared.
STANDARD DRIVER ASSISTANCE
Where some competitors make you spend more for safety features, the 2019 Volkswagen Passat makes them standard on every model. Forward-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are here, plus a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic detection.
Standard on the top-line SE R-Line, the 400-watt Fender audio system is easily a match to the Nissan Maxima’s Bose system or Subaru Legacy’s Harman Kardon upgrade. Deep bass, clear highs and powerful sound are delivered through nine speakers, making even the shortest trip one to look forward to.
Seat comfort is high and the Passat’s driver’s seat is height-adjustable, so shorter drivers can get properly situated. Fit/finish is excellent, and the sedan’s interior has an upscale feel. VW’s designers resisted the urge to create a futuristic dash with daring shapes and overwrought digital displays. Instead, the Passat’s dashboard is simple if a bit traditional and the controls are well placed. It’s conservative, but it won’t look dated in just a few years. Rear-seat space is cavernous. There’s enough space for three Kobes and a Shaq back there. The infotainment system isn’t exactly class-leading, but it’s easy to use and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as standard Bluetooth.
Attractive, clean and understated, the exterior of the 2019 VW Passat never shouts or raises its voice. There’s a quiet elegance to its simplicity. But look more closely and you’ll notice artistic details like the intricate sculpting of its hood and doors, its fully chromed 4-bar grille and the aggressive rake of its windshield. Most of the exterior styling treatments from the outgoing R-Line have migrated to the new SE R-Line, including LED headlights, LED taillights, unique front- and rear-end treatments and 19-inch alloy wheels for a true German sports-sedan stance.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2019 Passat Wolfsburg edition includes a 174-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, forward-collision warning and emergency braking, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, manual climate control, V-Tex Leatherette seating, a 6.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system with CD player, heated side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless access and push-button start, heated front seats, 8-way-power driver’s seat, Bluetooth, a rearview monitor, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility plus a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. All Passat models come with a 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that covers the entire vehicle including the engine and drivetrain.
Notable Optional Equipment
The Wolfsburg can be equipped with 18-inch wheels and a power sunroof. All other features require moving to the SE R-Line that adds 19-inch wheels, a power sunroof, navigation, hands-free trunk, Fender audio, Park Distance Control, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights and taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, remote start, color multifunction display, lane-keeping assist and additional exterior styling treatment.
Under the Hood
VW is out of the diesel business, and the 2019 VW Passat is not offered as a hybrid. That leaves just one engine to power the Passat: a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, mated to a smooth 6-speed automatic transmission. This combination delivers plenty of performance and 36 mpg on the highway, a solid showing in this class. The Passat is pulled by its front-wheels and runs on less expensive regular-grade gasoline.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
174 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway 25/36 mpg
The 2019 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition has a reasonable Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,190 including the $895 destination charge. If you’re looking for all the bells and whistles, the SE R-Line will run you another $4,700, coming in just under $31,000. On a features-per-dollar scale, the Passat costs a bit more than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The Passat's weak reliability record contributes to lower resale values and higher long-term ownership costs, an unfortunate trade-off to one of the most affordable new European sedans money can buy. Make sure to check the Passat's current Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com before heading off to make your deal.
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Volkswagen Passat Consumer Reviews
December 29, 2018
Awesome Vehicle, terrific mileage and great value
The car rides nice not as nice as my previous car but still in the break-in so still have some things to get use to. The interior is...
October 31, 2018
VW Passat car best ever!
This is our second car we also have a 2012 VW 2.5 Jetta! I thought I loved the Jetta until I got the Passat. My husband and I swear by...
April 21, 2018
Great machine, Great price. Plenty of power
MY first vw since 1971 beetle. Great price, very happy with the Passat. very roomy interior and trunk. Handles great for a large sedan....
March 22, 2018
Great bang for the buck.
Super smooth, very intuitive. Fun to drive. So many safety features, its hard to count them all. Very roomy and lots of power. My...
March 10, 2018
Luxury features, Entry level price
Ive owned the car for about 2 weeks now, and its the best decision Ive ever made! I purchased the R-Line model, which gives standard 19...
January 26, 2018
Im so glad I kept it.
I purchased a 2014 VW Passat TDI premium. After all the dieselgate issues I ended up keeping my car and though the deal to sell it back...
January 20, 2018
One of my favorite all purpose vehicles!
Ive owned over 25 new cars in my life time. including BMWs, MBs,Saabs. Volvo, 944, RX-7, and various other domestics. Without a doubt,...
July 10, 2017
Best vehicle ever
My wife and I have driven well over a million miles in VW diesels, (one over 400,000 miles).
May 17, 2017
Love my Car!
There are no words for how much I love my Passat! There are only 2 negative aspects: 1) my 2003 had a rain sensor that would adjust...
March 08, 2017
2014 tdi SEL Passat great fuel economy 43 -48mpg
Bought this car new. Previously has 2003 Jetta TDI. More room, power larger car and equal fuel economy. All the options make this car...
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