Volkswagen Passat Overview
The midsized Passat sedan has a lot going for it, including ample interior space, responsive handling, and a comfortable, quiet ride. The primary powertrain is an energetic 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic. High-end versions use a powerful 3.6-liter V6. The 1.8 averaged a very good 28 mpg overall and 39 on the highway. The diesel feels quick on takeoff and got 37 mpg overall but acceleration is fairly slow. Front seats are accommodating but very firm. Extra-spacious rear seats are a big plus, and the trunk is huge, but fit and finish isn't impressive. Reliability of the diesel version has been average; the 1.8T is well above average.
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