2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

2018 Volkswagen Passat
Save up to $8,911
MSRP range
$22,995 - $34,650

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

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

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Volkswagen Passat.

VW Passat for a Golfer
Jerry Geyer, 1/17/2018
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, 1/31/2018
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, 5/16/2018
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.
Best car to own
Omis, 1/1/2018
VW Passat R-Line beats all other mid size cars in market. Its German build, quality and technology. No complaints. I love R-Line styling over regular Passats.
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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 Sedan Overview

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan is offered in the following styles: 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 Sedan?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Passat Sedan 4.5 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 Sedan.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Passat Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels including R-Line, SE, SE w/Technology, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan here.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan?
2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 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 Sedan SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,911 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,911 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,899.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is28.9% below the MSRP.

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

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 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 Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,845 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,845 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,665.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is32.2% below the MSRP.

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

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 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 Sedan R-Line 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$17,508.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is33.2% below the MSRP.

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

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 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 Sedan V6 GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) is trending $5,970 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,970 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,390.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan V6 GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) is19.7% below the MSRP.

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

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 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 Sedan SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,602 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,602 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,263.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is23.1% below the MSRP.

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

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 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 Sedan S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,613 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,613 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,092.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is30.8% below the MSRP.

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

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,865. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) is trending $8,359 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,359 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,506.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan V6 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) is23.3% below the MSRP.

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