2018 Volkswagen Passat

2018 Volkswagen Passat
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2018 Volkswagen Passat
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Pros

  • Turbo four-cylinder engine accelerates quickly and eagerly
  • Ride quality is quiet, cushy and comfortable
  • Back seat and trunk are roomy
  • New, longer warranty coverage is among the best

Cons

  • Touchscreens are smaller than those in competitors' systems
  • Transmission's sluggish shifting hinders overall performance
  • Driving engagement is pretty dull
  • no Audi-like electricity


Which Passat does Edmunds recommend?

You can get a nicely equipped Passat in SE trim, but for more upscale character, opt for the SE's Technology package. An SE with this package is a solid value and has just about everything you'll need in a family sedan, including keyless ignition, a power-adjustable driver seat, Apple CarPlay-Android Auto smartphone integration, forward collision mitigation, navigation, front and rear heated seats, and a hands-free trunk opener. We're intrigued by the new GT trim, however, with its V6 engine and sport suspension tuning. It could be the best answer to the Passat's otherwise sedate nature.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

If the 2018 Volkswagen Passat looks exceedingly familiar, that's likely because it's soldiered on with the same look since the current generation debuted six years ago. That's a long time without a significant, or even subtle, update, and most rival sedans have been redesigned during that time. But that's also a testament to all that the Passat gets right: reserved but timeless style to match its practical personality.

The Passat isn't the go-to sedan if you're seeking flash and flair, but its roomy cabin, large and useful shape of its trunk, and easy-to-drive nature make it an excellent family shuttle, a car for around-town driving with friends or colleagues, or long-distance road tripping in quiet comfort. And with six trim levels, two available engines, and a solid set of features spread throughout the lineup, there's a Passat right for all budgets.

For 2018, the Passat introduces an upgraded four-cylinder engine. The larger 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (174 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque) gains 4 hp and more miles of improved fuel economy, now 29 combined mpg (25 city/36 highway). This is still just average mpg for a midsize sedan, but what the Passat lacks in fuel efficiency, it makes up for with lively performance and pickup. The last four-cylinder we tested sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, quick enough to make the optional V6 engine just that: optional.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat comes in six trim levels: S, R-Line, SE, SE with Technology, GT, and SEL Premium.

The base S starts with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (174 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, one USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. The optional Driver Assistance package adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The R-Line adds 19-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel (with shift paddles), heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, HD and satellite radio, VW's Car-Net smartphone integration (includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink), and unique R-Line styling elements. The S trim's optional driver aids are included, along with adaptive cruise control. An optional R-Line Lighting package adds LED headlights and taillights.

The SE builds on the R-Line features (minus R-specific styling and the large wheels) and further adds 17-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a sliding front armrest, rear air vents and added Car-Net functionality.

The SE's optional Technology package gets you 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, foglights, automatic wipers, a hands-free trunk opener with foot sensor, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, front and rear parking sensors, remote ignition, heated rear seats, a navigation system, an eight-speaker sound system, and an upgraded version of Car-Net. LED headlights and taillights are optional on the SE.

The new GT trim (delayed availability) is a mashup of R-Line and SE trims, with 19-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, sport front seats, and two-tone simulated leather upholstery among its distinguishing features. Powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine (280 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque) and paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, think of the GT as a Passat interpretation of the Jetta GLI.

The top-trim SEL Premium bundles nearly all features from the lower trims with 18-inch wheels, power-folding mirrors, a power-adjustable passenger seat, driver-seat memory settings, leather upholstery, automatic wipers, a premium Fender audio system, a separate ski pass-through for the 60/40-split rear seats, an automated parallel-parking feature, and a lane departure warning system. The four-cylinder engine comes standard, and the V6 is optional.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL (turbo 1.8L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Passat has received some revisions, including a slightly more powerful and fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Passat.

Driving

2.5
The Passat's punchy turbocharged four-cylinder engine should appeal to any midsize sedan shopper looking for their car to provide a good, solid kick in the back side. Sadly, other performance elements that come into play in everyday driving are subpar.

Acceleration

4.5
The Passat's turbocharged power makes it quicker than many base-engine rivals. With the previous 1.8-liter engine, the Passat accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 7.7 seconds. This year's 2.0-liter Passat could be a tad quicker.

Braking

2.5
Our Passat has the same sort of long, spongy brake pedal we've experienced on other VWs before. It's not offensive during light applications on the highway, but it's irritating in town or when driving aggressively. Its panic-stop braking distance is average.

Steering

2.5
Vague response and nebulous feel in slower, normal driving doesn't inspire much driver confidence in the Passat. As speeds rise on the open highway, though, it stays on the straight and narrow.

Handling

3
Driving around long sweepers and tight corners, the Passat feels less like the big family sedan that it is. The front end seems eager to bite into a corner, but it ultimately lacks the coordination and athleticism of its rivals.

Drivability

2.5
Though the engine itself is powerful, throttle pedal response is sluggish in the default setting. You can switch to Sport mode, but then it feels too jumpy. The engine makes plenty of power, but it takes effort to drive it smoothly.

Comfort

4.5
The Volkswagen Passat shines as a supremely comfy and quiet cruiser, especially when long-distance driving is considered. If you go on a lot of road trips, especially with a full load of family or friends, it's a great choice.

Seat comfort

3
The firm, supportive front seats further the Passat's claim as one of the best long-distance cruisers in the segment. There is a ton of rear seat room, but the rear backrest is more upright than that of an Accord or Camry, which some could find less comfortable.

Ride comfort

5
The Passat is one of those cars that favors comfort over agility. It's big, soft and cushy, yet its suspension maintains control over highway bumps. It should be exactly what most family sedan shoppers are looking for.

Noise & vibration

5
With its torque-rich turbocharged engine that doesn't have to work so hard, there tends to be less noise emanating from its engine bay. This is especially true should you find yourself chugging up hills. Road and wind noise is nonintrusive.

Interior

4
The Passat is very roomy inside and easy to see out of. The controls are easy to use, too. Really, this German sedan is one of the most old-school American cars on the road. Essentially, it's a full-size sedan for the price of a midsize one.

Ease of use

3
The interior is not cluttered with buttons, and basic controls are easily found and deciphered. However, the touchscreen is on the small side and is placed a bit too low. The same goes for the otherwise simple climate controls.

Getting in/getting out

4
The doors are big and light with good-size openings. The rear is easier to access than some competitors (Ford Fusion, Mazda 6) that have sleeker, lower rooflines.

Driving position

2.5
The driver seat adjusts only six ways (most rivals offer eight) and lacks the seat cushion tilt that provides extra under-thigh support. Taller folks and long-legged drivers might wish for more steering-wheel telescoping range so they can avoid driving with their arms straight out.

Roominess

4
The Passat looks, feels and is enormous. The large, airy cabin has tons of head- and legroom all around. The rear passengers won't feel claustrophobic.

Visibility

5
Visibility is superb, aided by big windows, thin-ish pillars and a squared roofline. It's easy to see out. The long rear deck could make it difficult to back in, but a rearview camera is standard.

Quality

3.5
The Passat does not boast the standout, best-in-class interior quality of past VWs. Many materials are pleasing to touch and the switchgear is excellent, but there are a lot of hard plastics that make it seem otherwise average.

Utility

4.5
The Passat's trunk is impressively large. Never mind the numbers, it really is one of the best. Small-item storage is unremarkable and bettered by that of others, but there's still enough storage for most.

Small-item storage

3
It's a typical array of storage here. There's a covered bin under the center stack that holds a USB port and is big enough for even phablets. Two cupholders are of average size. The under-armrest bin is a bit small.

Cargo space

5
Yes, its 15.5-cubic-foot measurement is average for the segment, but in practice the exceptionally deep and wide trunk has plenty of usable space. All four adults in the cabin can each store a rather sizable suitcase.

Child safety seat accommodation

5
The Passat has two sets of LATCH anchors in the outboard back seats, which are easy to use. There are three tether anchors on the parcel shelf. Rear-facing car seats fit easily, and the front passenger seat doesn't need to be moved.

Technology

3
The Passat's technology is acceptable, both in terms of its features and the controls for them. There's little missing, but there's also little that's above and beyond the norm. Its controls are also fine, relatively vice-free, but others are better.

Audio & navigation

3
Both the standard 5- and optional 6.3-inch touchscreens are on the small side and positioned too low. Their functionality is just OK — it doesn't confuse or frustrate — but others are better and have sharper and better-looking graphics.

Smartphone integration

4
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on every trim level except the base S, which is nice. The rest of the Passat's setup is pretty standard.

Driver aids

4
The adaptive cruise control system maintains a natural distance and brakes and accelerates in a sensible manner. Lane keeping assist was a little obtrusive but did its job. Some unneeded forward collision warnings can happen when you're turning left onto streets with parked cars.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Volkswagen Passat.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

VW Passat for a Golfer
Jerry Geyer,01/17/2018
One of the things about the 2018 VW Passat that sold me on the car was the size and space of the rear trunk. The trunk space on the Passat is 15.9 cu. ft. I was going to to buy a Cadillac ATS or a Mercedes C330 however on both cars I could barely get 2 sets of golf clubs in the trunk. Even though they did fit there was no room for anything else. I was able to easily put 2 sets of golf clubs in the trunk of the Passat and still have ample room for a couple of overnight suitcases, golf shoes and a few other things. I know not everyone is a golfer, but this just illustrates the roominess of the trunk. With the size of the trunk you would think that the size of the interior would be compromised and smaller. This is definitely not true. The interior, especially the rear seats, are very comfortable for adults. The icing on the cake is the exterior appearance of the car. It is very sharp and contemporary. My 16 year old granddaughter summed it up when she said it didn't look like an "old persons car".
Oh What a Ride
Isabella Alton,01/31/2018
Beautiful car , wonderful smooth ride and awesome safety features. The technology is unmatched and the look is elegant and timeless.
Not surprised liking my Passat
Dan Nigro,05/16/2018
I only have 614 miles on my Passat SE w/Tech so far. 1st tankful got 27.1 mpg city. Haven't taken highway trip yet. I owned a 2004 JETTA TDI for 3 years w/6 speed manual transmission. Averaged 38 mpg/Diesel city & 54 mpg/highway. Handled extremely well taking curves, shifting gears. VW German engineering hasn't changed. The past 6 years, I leased a BMW 328iX, then a 2016 Ford Fusion Titanium. When it came time to research & test drive other vehicles, Hyundai Sonata, Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord, I then turned to VW because of VW's 6 year/72,000 mile (transferable) warranty. After test driving the Passat SE w/tech, there was no doubt and I purchased the Passat. The Dealer I chose was after dealing with 3 VW Dealerships. I purchased from my 4th VW dealership because of their many 5 star Customer YELP ratings, and having purchased New & pre-owned vehicles the past 57 years, I had the most pleasant transaction with this 4th VW Dealer, also gave them a 5 Star YELP rating, in addition to the other 3 VW Dealers couldn't beat their price. I enjoy driving my 2018 Passat, and being retired, the 614 miles are all pleasure driving. I can't say anything negative about this Sedan.
Old VW owner
Dave,06/02/2018
Had this one a month and love it. My 6th VW over over 45 years and it has been fantastic. Comfortable yet fun to drive.
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2018 Volkswagen Passat video

[MUSIC PLAYING] KURT NIEBUHR: Here we have the 2018 Passat GT. [MUSIC PLAYING] What makes a Passat GT a GT? Well, Volkswagen of America decided that they want a Passat that looked a little bit more sportier than the regular Passat, something that would kind of remind you that they do make a GTI, just not a Passat version. Most importantly, they put the 3.6-liter v-6 engine under the hood. That makes it kind of a sport sedan. Maybe we should go to the track and see if it is a sport sedan. [MUSIC PLAYING] All right. Well, we're here. We're going to make a key-up run for acceleration. Once again, key-up run is basically, as the car comes, you turn the car on, you put the car in drive or in first gear, whatever. This is just drive. There it is. E-brake's off. Let's go. Oh. Lights the tires up. Kicked in the traction control. But that v-6 sounds good. This car's hustling. I like that. I like that. I like that. Not a slouch. Most Passats come with a four-cylinder engine, and they don't sound like that. I am a little worried about the traction control light, though, because there is no way to shut traction off in this car. All right, sport mode on the transmission. There is no sport mode in the car. There are no drive modes in this car at all. So out of the box, that's what you get. That's what you've got to run. Yeah, I'm not gonna do throttle brake overlap. I think that just makes the tires break loose that much sooner, and this car's got to be feathered carefully. It takes a gentle touch. Traction control. I'm looking at you, buddy. Downshifts well on the brakes. Kind of cool. Automatic downshift, and rev matching. It is not a slow sedan. The key is just not triggering that traction control. But I really wish you could shut it off in this car. I actually wish this car had all-wheel drive, and I wish it was a manual, and I wish it was a wagon. What are you gonna do. [MUSIC PLAYING] Performance-wise, it's not that much different from any other Passat that they sell. In the suspension department, it sits a little bit lower. And that's it. Luckily for Volkswagen, your basic Passat is pretty solid. It has a good chassis, it responds well. And when you put this big 3.6-liter engine in it, you can really move out. But the tires are the limiting factor with this car by far. You'll hear right up here the tires don't really like that. And I think that's kind of a shame with this car, even more so than the fact that you can't shut off the stability control, which is a real bummer, because the car feels playful. You can brake kind of late like this, and you can throw the car in and it responds well. It does want to rotate on the brakes, and that's OK. You can tuck the nose on the throttle, and off the throttle. I don't think Volkswagen markets the Passat GT as a sport sedan, per se. I think they just market it as a sportier Passat. And I think they're right on. With the v-6 engine in it, with the slightly lower ride height, I think it is a sportier Passat. To really be a true sport sedan, it would have to have better tires and better brakes. Not that the brakes are bad, but they just don't have the capacity that I think a real sport sedan buyer would want to see out of their brakes. But that engine's good. It's hard not to want to drive this car because it sounds like this. It sounds fantastic. Kudos to Volkswagen for making a car this big kind of playful and fun. All right, well we're inside that 2018 Passat GT, and it's just like sitting in any other Passat, which isn't exactly a bad thing. We've always liked how clean and orderly the inside of these cars are. I like them quite a bit. I'm a fan of modernism, so having everything laid out in a very clean and simple way makes me happy. The main changes to a Passat GT over regular Passat are basically their two-tone moonrock gray and black, and they also have contrasting stitching. The wheel, it's a flat-bottom wheel. I think flat-bottom wheels have jumped the shark. I don't think we need to see them anymore, especially in a regular-sized car with a lot of room. But Volkswagen does make some of the best wheels, I think, in the business. My hands fit on it really well. The leather is very nice. And it also has this contrasting stitching here. It's also got this carbon fiber-ish trim here, but other than that, it is a Passat. That isn't a bad thing. So I've got the seat right where I want it, and I'm just over six feet tall. Now, that might not really matter to you right now, but in a moment, you'll see why that's important. I'm sitting behind myself. The front seat is right where I'm comfortable sitting, and now I'm in the backseat. And I can cross my leg in the back seat of a Passat. This amount of leg room is this car's party trick. And it's the only car in its class that has this much leg room. This is almost like S-class leg room. It's obscene back here. But it also reminds me of one of the other traits of Volkswagen Passats. And that is sometimes they don't have the highest quality plastics in them, like here on the side. That's really hard. Almost every surface in this car has a lot of hard plastic on it. That might bother you, it might not. But it is something to keep in mind. So let's fire it up. You can hear that Volkswagen has modified the mufflers on this car. They actually have fewer perforations to give the car a sportier sound. That's the 3.6-liter, 280-horsepower v-6 engine, what's going to make this car more of a sport sedan than a regular Passat. So is the Passat GT a sport sedan? Kind of sort of. It certainly has the motor. Handling could be a little bit better. But if you're in the market for a mid-sized to full-sized sedan to take care of your family and haul it around, it's probably a good replacement for the Volkswagen GTI that you sold in the first place. You shouldn't have sold the GTI. For more videos like this, hit Subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2018 Volkswagen Passat GT Review

Edmunds Road Test Editor Kurt Niebuhr takes a closer look at the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT to see what sets it apart from every other Passat. Starting at the track, we run the GT down the quarter-mile before heading to the handling circuit to get a feel for the character of this sportier Passat. After that, it's over to the garage for a closer look at some of the details that make this Passat a GT.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$24,995
MPG
25 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
174 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$26,295
MPG
25 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
174 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$29,595
MPG
25 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
174 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$22,995
MPG
25 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
174 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Passat safety features:

Forward Collision Warning
Warns the driver if a front collision with a pedestrian or vehicle seems imminent. If necessary, can apply automatic emergency braking.
Blind-Spot Monitor
Uses rear radar sensors to warn driver of vehicles in adjacent lanes. Also illuminates icon in side mirror when a vehicle enters blind spot.
Lane Keeping Assist
Warns the driver with a flashing LED of vehicles in the blind spot. Can also apply countersteering to nudge the vehicle back into its lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.7%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2018 Volkswagen Passat

Although it hasn't undergone a major redesign for several years, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat continues to hold its own against rivals from the U.S. and Japan in the hotly contested midsize-sedan segment. It might not have the sports appeal or technical sophistication of some competitors, but the Passat's blend of roominess, pleasant styling and comfortable ride clearly strikes a chord with the steady stream of buyers who have kept the model in production since 1973.

After a minor refresh in 2016, the Passat undergoes a few changes for 2018, most notably with an upgraded four-cylinder engine. The new, larger 2.0-liter engine replaces a 1.8-liter powerplant and brings with it more horsepower (174 hp) and improved fuel efficiency (29 mpg combined). It's the current standard engine for all trim levels, except for the new GT trim, which comes exclusively with a 3.6-liter V6 engine (280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque). The V6 is optional on the top-trim SEL Premium. Both engines pair with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Curiously, Volkswagen made forward collision warning and automatic braking an option on the base S trim for 2018; previously it was standard equipment. Higher trim levels offer standard equipment that includes Volkswagen's App-Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

The Passat's interior is one of the model's strong suits. The design is attractive and the layout is functional. There's also an abundance of space, with plenty of leg-, hiproom and shoulder room for front occupants, a rear seat that's one of the largest in its class, and a generous trunk size that vacationing families will appreciate. The infotainment system, while not a class leader, is nevertheless easy to use.

With suspension designed more for comfortable highway cruising and around-town practicality than flat-out cornering, the Passat still provides crisp steering response, and the Sport mode and available paddle shifters can help enhance the driving experience for those interested in a bit more excitement. Performance from the standard four-cylinder engine is likely to be more than adequate for most drivers, although the V6 cut about 1.3 seconds from the 0-60 mph time in Edmunds testing.

Fuel economy for the Passat with the base four-cylinder engine is EPA-rated at a combined 29 mpg (25 city/36 highway), while the V6 achieved a combined rating of 22 mpg (19 city/28 highway).

The surprisingly well-equipped Passat S comes with such features as dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with a USB port. The R-Line model adds a few sporty touches, the SE tacks on more comfort and convenience items (and tech when equipped with the Technology package), and the top-of-the-line SEL Premium goes all out with details such as heated leather seats, more driver-assist devices and a premium sound system. The new GT model, meanwhile, is geared toward those who want a fuller measure of power and performance from their sedan. When it comes time to choose the 2018 Passat for your needs, let Edmunds help you find the best example.

2018 Volkswagen Passat Overview

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat is offered in the following submodels: Passat Sedan. Available styles include R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), V6 GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM), and V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM).

What do people think of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Passat 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Passat.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Passat featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2018 Volkswagen Passat?
2018 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,865. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,871 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,871 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,994.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is24% below the MSRP.

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2018 Volkswagen Passat SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,810. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,828 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,828 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,982.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is25.4% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 33 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,510. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,702 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,702 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,808.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is31.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 32 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM)

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,360. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) is trending $6,799 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,799 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,561.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) is22.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 28 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,210. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,198 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,198 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,012.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is31.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 10 2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,705. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,719 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,719 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,986.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is31.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2018 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM)

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,240. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) is trending $8,198 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,198 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,042.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) is22.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

Which 2018 Volkswagen Passats are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Volkswagen Passat?

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