2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line: Tried and True

Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 9:56 PM

2018vwpassat475Exchanging flash for function and rakishness for practicality, the tried and true Volkswagen Passat comes into 2018 with little changes since its redo six years ago. With its comfortable drive, large cabin and drivability, the Passat is a great mid-sized sedan for a short jaunt or a long road trip.

An updated four-banger and new GT trim level greet 2018. The GT trim level features a V6 engine, 19-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension. The updated four-cylinder engine adds power with better mileage numbers.

Available in six trim levels: S, R-Line, SE, SE with Tech, GT and SEL Premium, this review will focus on the R-Line trim.

Features of the R-Line include: 19-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, HD and satellite radio, VW’s Car-Net smartphone integration, unique R-Line styling elements, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.

There is an optional R-Line Lighting package available that as LED headlights and taillights that was included on my test model.

2018vwpassatintA zippy turbocharged 2.0 four-banger powers the Passat delivering 174 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Expect to get 25/city, 36/highway, and 29/combined mpg.

With a roomy interior both front and backseat passengers will feel comfortable and not cramped. The instrument cluster is simple and easy to use and the touchscreen is intuitive. There’s 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space which is all usable.

The Passat is a fun drive with a zippy turbocharged engine that gives you zoom when you want it and a ride that glides over road imperfections.

Want a mid-sized sedan that feels more like a full-sized sedan? Give the 2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line a test drive.