2015 Volkswagen Passat
Headlining the changes for 2015 is a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine TDI Clean Diesel engine that produces 150 horsepower. Additionally, a Technology Package is now available on S and Wolfsburg trims, and includes a rearview camera, Premium VIII audio with eight speakers, and satellite radio. Lastly, SEL trims receive rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The Volkswagen Passat’s clean design, with a predominance of horizontal body elements, reinforces its position as the sophisticated choice in the midsize segment. The Passat’s front end displays the horizontal brand face, with the three-blade grille and headlights forming a single unit. The Passat’s grille is sculpted in a three-dimensional shape and makes a distinctive and elegant impression because of its strict geometry.
Passat delivers plenty of space for five adults to comfortably stretch out. Ingress and egress is made effortless with the large, wide-opening doors. Available chrome-trimmed gauges surround a digital multifunction display. A high-end chrome look is also applied to the air vents in the cockpit, and to the surrounds of the radio, navigation system and the climate control panels. The rotary light switch and parking brake handle button are also treated in chrome.
The 2015 Passat lineup features three engine options, including a powerful 3.6-liter VR6, the 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged four cylinder, and the new 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel. The Passat TDI version—the only clean diesel option in the segment—delivers an EPA estimated 44 miles per gallon on the highway with the manual transmission, giving a range of almost 814 miles. Base model estimated mpg: 24/36 Estimated starting price: $21,120.
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Compiled by Motor Matters