2015 Volkswagen Passat
Bottom line: The Volkswagen Passat, diesel or gasoline, is a car to consider seriously when shopping for a midsize family sedan. It effectively hits all of the marks — safety, comfort, fit-and-finish quality, utility and fuel efficiency. Ride, acceleration and
handling: It gets good marks in all three. The car is highway-competent. It has guts climbing mountain roads.
Head-turning quotient: It seriously reminds me of a convent or priest’s rectory. That is not necessarily a bad thing.
Body style/layout: The Volkswagen Passat is a frontengine, front- wheel- drive, midsize family car with four side doors and a traditional notchback trunk. There are five gasoline models — S, Wolfsburg, Limited Edition. SE and SEL Premium. There are two diesel models — SE and SEL Premium.
Engine/transmission: The 2015 VW Passat TDI SEL Premium comes standard with a 2- liter, inline four- cylinder, 16valve, direct- injection, commonrail diesel engine delivering a maximum 150 horsepower and 236 pound- feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six- speed automatic transmission that also can be shifted manually.
Capacities: Seating is for five people. Trunk cargo capacity is 15.9 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 18.5 gallons of required ultra- low sulfur diesel ( 15 parts sulfur per million) now available at many U. S. fueling stations.
Mileage: I averaged 42 miles per gallon in highway driving.
Safety: Standard equipment includes four- wheel disc brakes ( ventilated front/ solid rear); fourwheel antilock brake protection; electronic traction and stability control; post- collision safety system; side-mounted and head air bags; and daytime running lights.
Pricing: The 2015 Passat TDI SEL Premium sedan with onboard navigation starts at $ 33,925 with a dealer’s invoice price of $ 32,534. Price as tested is $ 36,155 including $ 1,410 in options ( mostly cosmetic trim such as special 18- inch diameter wheels) and an $ 820 factory-to-dealer shipment charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $34,509.