2015 Volkswagen Passat

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2015 Volkswagen Passat SEL
Pros: Good fuel economy; vast-for-the-class cabin with excellent rear-seat space; refined interior materials; availability of smooth, economical diesel engine; composed ride

Cons: V6 models significantly pricier than 4-cylinder versions; some less-than-intuitive controls; lack of stand-alone options

CG Says: For 2015, Volkswagen Passat TDI models get a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that makes 10 more horsepower and has slightly better fuel-economy numbers than the previous engine. The rest of the Passat lineup sees a minor reshuffling of standard and optional equipment. The Volkswagen Passat offers excellent passenger and cargo room in a very practical and comfortable package. While the gasoline engines are very refined, and fine choices in their own right, the available TDI engine is one of this sedan’s defining features. For drivers willing to consider a diesel engine, the TDI model delivers excellent fuel economy and overall performance. In a class filled with excellent choices, the Passat follows a bit of a different path–one that helps it stand out from the crowd.
The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 1.8T S: $21,120
1.8T Wolfsburg Edition: $24,135
1.8T SE: $26,020
1.8T Sport: $26,635
1.8T SEL Premium: $31,475
2.0L TDI SE: $26,825
2.0L TDI SEL Premium: $33,585
3.6L V6 SEL Premium: $35,660
Base Engine
turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-36
Optional Engine
turbo-diesel 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
150
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
30
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
42-44
Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
280
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28
2015 Volkswagen Passat Sport
2015 Volkswagen Passat Sport