2019 Passat New Car Test Drive
The Volkswagen Passat is the German automaker's mid-size sedan. Built in Tennessee, the 2019 Passat lineup shrinks to just two trim levels in advance of a new model due soon. There's a base Wolfsburg Edition and the well-equipped SE R-Line.
Every Passat is now powered by a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo-4, rated at 174 horsepower and issuing 184 pound-feet of torque. Engine output goes to the front wheels, via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Volkswagen gives the Passat a worthy selection of standard active-safety technology, led by automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors. The Passat SE R-Line adds adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and active lane control.
Crash-testing by both the IIHS and the NHTSA has been completed. The Passat earned 'Good'? ratings for most tests conducted by the IIHS. In the small-offset frontal crash test on the passenger's side, the Passat received a 'Marginal'? score.
The NHTSA gave the 2019 Passat a 5-star rating overall and for side-impact, and four stars for the frontal-impact test and for rollover prevention..
Prices do not include $895 destination charge.
Wolfsburg Edition ($25,295), the base model, includes a 6.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, synthetic leather upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, and keyless ignition. Safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warnings with pedestrian detection, rear traffic alerts, and blind-spot monitors.
SE R-Line ($29,995) comes with 19-inch wheels, an upgraded touchscreen with navigation, LED headlights and taillights, paddle shifters, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, parking sensors, and Fender speakers. The trunk can be opened by swiping one's foot below the rear bumper..