Used 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 GT Sedan Review
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V6 GT 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6AM)
Moved from Jetta to Passat to have a larger car - checked out a number of alternatives - Accord, Camry, A4, Fusion, S60 - decided that for the negotiated price this worked well. Limited edition - only made in 2018. Sticker about $32K - sale price about $24.5K. Cons - Small infotainment screen - gauge cluster screen black and white with lower quality graphics. Gas mileage equals the sticker - averaging about 31 mpg highway and about 23 city - though uses REGULAR fuel!). A/C is adequate in the South but not an overpowering system (fan speed wise). Nice heated seats. Pros - comfortable - roomy - leatherette easy to clean. Finishes are nice (VW gets dinged for low budget finishes, but this car is finished comparably to others listed above except Audi and Volvo. Very bright LED headlights - good brakes - firmer handling than regular Passat. Strong acceleration from normally aspirated 3.6l engine. Heated seats work well - defroster(s) work quickly. Be careful in Sport mode - really needs all wheel drive with so much power going to front wheels. Hold the wheel tight and moderate your gas pedal - either from standing start or when overtaking. Huge trunk - lots of room to put everything. Nice center storage bin. Have put 30,000+ miles on car in two years with no issues at all so very confident in car going forward. Appreciate 6 year / 72K mile warranty. Would buy this car again but I actually think this one is a keeper long term!
Edmunds Summary Review of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 GT Sedan
Pros & Cons
- 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
- 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.
Full Edmunds Review: 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Edmunds Insurance Estimator
The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2018 Volkswagen Passat in Virginia is:$65.92 per month*