Have the midlevel SE trim. The SE features a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t worry about a stiff ride, although the SE continues to be relatively comfortable on the road. The SE is also an excellent bargain considering all the safety and tech equipment you obtain for the money. Finally, the SE can be acquired with a wide range of options, in order to pick and choose those are right for your budget.
Crossover SUVs could be all of the rage, but there’s still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the Volkswagen Passat Release. Coming off a redesign just this past year, the Volkswagen Passat Release is a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with lots of standard safety equipment and lots of options to select from.
As has been the case for a while, you may get the Volkswagen Passat Release with a four-cylinder engine or perhaps a more powerful V6, or you can get the miserly Volkswagen Passat Release Hybrid. On the highway, the Volkswagen Passat Release is comfortable and compliant. Volkswagen Passat Release also offers two sporty versions that infuse the Volkswagen Passat Release with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the Volkswagen Passat Release offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, especially if you go with among the upper trim levels. There are plenty of options to select from along the way.
The Volkswagen Passat Release can be as competent as they come. It’s well-priced on the whole, and modern feature content helps it be supremely simple to drive. If you’re trying to find something with much more class and space than the usual small sedan, the Volkswagen Passat Release might you need to be the sedan for you.
The Volkswagen Passat Release is the bottom trim. It includes a relatively light load of features which includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every Volkswagen Passat Release Safety Sense, which is really a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On the next rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a car alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can think of the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with many different additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a more impressive 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Lots of the features found on the upper trim levels can be added to the lower trim levels as options. Other notable options incorporate a sunroof, a JBL sound system combined with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the Volkswagen Passat Release stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the trunk seat is simple to fold down to suit longer items. You will find enough cabin storage options to make a lot of people happy. Loading an automobile seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good however not stellar. The forward center console bin is perfect for concealing items but includes a hard, slippery floor, so that they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is a decent size, and you will find modest door pockets in the front and rear that are good for small water bottles only.
The Volkswagen Passat Release includes a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles allow it to be easy to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s super easy to mount an automobile seat, with obvious and easy to get at lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough room so your front seat will not need to be scooted entirely forward.