Volkswagen’s stylish midsize Passat

Volkswagen’s stylish midsize Passat

The 2014 Volkswagen Passat is a mid-size sedan offering best-in-class rear-seat legroom and trunk space to match. Additionally, the Passat TDI Clean Diesel version delivers an EPA estimated 43 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission.

New for 2014

Under the hood, the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine has been replaced by a new 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine, carrying the designation EA888 Gen 3. The engine makes 170 horsepower (the same as the 2.5L) and 184 pound-feet of torque. The manual transmission model also has an EPA estimated fuel economy figure of 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, an improvement of 3 mpg over the outgoing 2.5-liter engine’s highway figure.

For 2014, the Passat Sport has also joined the lineup, sliding between the mid-level SE and up-level SEL Premium trims. The Sport is only available with the new 1.8T engine.

Exterior

The Passat’s balanced proportions give it elegant and timeless styling, reflecting the new Volkswagen Design DNA developed by Walter de Silva, the Italian design chief for the Volkswagen Group, and Klaus Bischoff, the German design leader for the Volkswagen Brand.

The clean design, with a predominance of horizontal body elements, reinforces the Passat’s position as the sophisticated choice in the mid-size segment.

A generously proportioned four-door sedan and the largest Passat ever, it measures 191.6 inches front to rear and features a 110.4-inch wheelbase and 72.2-inch width.

Additionally, the Sport model offers three unique color combinations that help it stand out from the Passat family. When clad in Candy White or Tungsten Silver, the Sport is outfitted with a black roof, while the third color offered on the Sport — Urano Gray — is exclusive to this trim.

Interior

There’s a true elegance and simplicity about the Passat’s interior. Nothing here is trendy or over-done. The lines flow in a style that’s easy on the eye, complimented by high-quality materials applied with attention to detail.

Inviting cloth trim is offered with the base S model, while the Wolfsburg and higher trims feature Volkswagen’s characteristic perforated V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces. Two-tone seating is offered on SE models, and SEL models move up to leather seating surfaces.

Sport trims are distinguished with features such as carbon trim accents, stainless steel doorsills, Sport-specific floor mats and more.

Engines and transmissions

The 2014 Passat lineup features three engine options, including the aforementioned 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged four cylinder, the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel and a 3.6-liter V6.

The EPA estimated fuel economy for the 1.8-liter is 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway when equipped with the five-speed manual transmission, and 24 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway with the six-speed automatic.

The 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel inline four-cylinder engine produces 140 horsepower and 236 foot-pounds of torque. It delivers an EPA estimated fuel economy of 43 mpg on the highway when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

The 3.6-liter V6 produces 280 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque, along with an EPA highway estimate of 28 mpg.

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To learn more about this elegant midsize sedan, visit your local Southeast Texas Volkswagen dealer or log on to www.vw.com.

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