2018 VW Passat: Small Changes to an Average Sedan

There’s nothing bad about the VW Passat. It’s a handsome-looking midsize sedan with decent interior space, lots of tech and decent performance. But it’s never really been the ‘wow’ car in its class. Some changes for 2018 could mean more excitement, depending on what option package you choose. Overall, however, the changes are so subtle that they still don’t lift the Passat out of its place as the ‘under the radar’ sedan. Some of the changes for 2018 include a 2.0-Liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which replaces the outgoing 1.8. Unfortunately the extra displacement doesn’t do much, with last year’s model actually feeling a bit quicker and recording slightly better mileage.

We expected to at least feel a bump in torque, which is what you feel right when you press the throttle – and at first it felt that way, but the more we drove it the less excited we were about the new engine. One really positive change is that the new Passat carries VW’s new warranty, devised as a sort of ‘we’re sorry’ concession after the Diesel emissions scandal. As a way to regain the trust of consumers, VW augmented their warranty to 6-years and 72k miles both bumper to bumper and powertrain. It’s a robust warranty, and could easily be the new Passat’s best feature. Not having to worry about anything but routine maintenance for that long is certainly worth something…

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