The 2018 Volkswagen Passat did its job well in its highly competitive segment. The new design turned many heads when people experienced its controlled ride, and the driver enjoyed its subtle handling.

What’s New for 2018?

The new VW Passat, as described by the Seaside VW dealership, saw several changes for the 2018 edition. On the powertrain section it received a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that was brought to replace the 1.8-liter four turbocharged engine. This change is however observed only in the entry-level models, the warranty period too got extended for this year. The interior cabin too got an upgrade for the 2018-year edition as Volkswagen has gifted the Passat with a newly designed infotainment system. Even the looks changed for good both on the exterior end and inside the cabin.  All this improved the performance that moved the Passat with more speed and control.

The Powertrain

The new 2018 Volkswagen Passat for a better performance shifted to a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that could ensure more power that can accumulate a horsepower of 280 when paired with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This combination of powertrain in the base model of Passat gets swift shifts with an equal distribution of power throughout a ride. it helped this VW sedan to achieve a jovial spirit of driving by squeezing out an optimum amount of power from the engine through its dual-clutch transmission and all this gives the 2018 Passat a refined driving performance.

Fuel Economy

The fuel economy in the 2018 Passat, makes others feel envious with its regular gasoline engine that received an EA rating of 29 mpg in a combined trip, 25 mpg in the city and 36 in the highway giving 3.4 gals of mileage per 100 miles.

Driving Impressions

When we had out test drive with the 2018 VW Passat we felt that the dual-clutch transmission could shift without any difficulty while the paddle shifters helped the driver to a great extent while keeping him more and more engaged as the car drove ahead. The distribution of power is even as well as controlled, while the dual-clutch manual transmission, kept the engine held back for longer period of time in the neutral position every time when the vehicle stops and engages the first gear only at the time of acceleration.

Among all the engine options that are available in this segment of vehicles, the Passat has selected the V-6 engine for itself and that is why it got considered as the second-quickest family sedan which can take a speed to 60-mph in just 5.1 seconds. When used with the six-speed dual-clutch transmission the time gets recorded as 5.7 seconds.

After our test drive with the 2018 Volkswagen Passat at the Seaside VW dealer, its impressive performance assured us of its driving ability. record than all other family sedan making it stand out in the crowd.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat is more of a family sedan that glides over the bumps without any extra effort. The spacious and well-equipped interior that matches perfectly with its performance makes it a smart choice for many.