Volkswagen Passat Overview
The midsized Passat sedan has a lot going for it, including generous 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-liter turbo averaged a very good 28-mpg overall and 39 on the highway. The diesel got 36-mpg overall and delivers a lot of mid-range torque, but is hesitant off the line. Front seats are accommodating but very firm. Extra-spacious rear seats are a big plus, and the trunk is huge, but fit and finish is mundane, not spectacular. Reliability of the diesel version has been average; the 1.8T is well above average.
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