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Each physique panel from the A-pillar ahead is reportedly new on this automotive. Coulda fooled me. It nonetheless seems to be conservative, at the same time as midsize sedans go. Not a criticism, simply an remark. This automotive is mainly “what you see is what you get.” The automotive seems to be and feels nicely constructed and is as roomy as another midsize automotive on the market, if no more so. Any I’ve skilled recently at the very least.

I favor my Passats with a diesel however clearly that isn’t occurring once more. The excellent news is that this turbo-four’s 170 hp looks like extra — the automotive’s powerband works nice within the metropolis and the freeway, and returns 25-plus mpg for essentially the most half. The Passat flows down the highway, quiet and clean. I’ve learn studies — not ours — that the engine isn’t mated nicely to this gearbox, that it doesn’t shift easily and whatnot. I didn’t expertise that. I believed it was positive. The engine/trans relationship and drivability are class aggressive, I’d argue.

Different virtues embody a navigation/stereo display that works nicely, comfortable seats and a ginormous trunk.

As I stated, I want I may nonetheless get my Passat with the diesel however wouldn’t dismiss this little turbo-four out of hand. For $28Okay, this can be a lot of automotive.

–Wes Raynal, editor

The 2017 Passat options MIB II, the newest technology of Volkswagen infotainment programs. With touchscreens as customary tools on all fashions, MIB II is accessible with both a 5- or 6.33-inch show throughout three trim head models.

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Wes sums it up — the Passat delivers numerous midsize sedan for the greenback; there are compromises made to get to its worth level, however Volkswagen selected these compromises rigorously, they usually’re not the identical ones you’d discover on an analogous Honda Accord or Ford Fusion. That makes the Passat not solely worth, but in addition a singular automotive.

Take, as an example, the rear-seat legroom. This factor’s like a limo inside (or at the very least a long-wheelbase flagship) with extra back-seat house than the rest close to this worth level, together with SUVs and crossovers. The trunk is equally large, that means it is superb for households and their baggage/stuff … , the oldsters shopping for all these SUVs and crossovers.

VW saves cash on the inside supplies, that are properly styled however heavy on the exhausting plastics and vinyls; once more, it is a good place to remind your self you are getting a big German sedan for below $30Okay. Equally, the engine and transmission combo is not going to win drag races, however it’s lots highly effective and clean sufficient for something you are prone to do with a Passat — good low-end oomph from the turbo and spectacular freeway gasoline mileage assist take among the sting out of the diesel’s absence.

Nonetheless, there is a spectre. I had a VW TDI for some time and actually loved the automotive, however then came upon VW lied about its emissions. Now they have a small turbo gasoline engine that will get remarkably good fuel-economy numbers, and there is part of me that may’t assist however marvel, “The place’s the lie?” What is the firm not disclosing about this automotive? It should take a while for me to maneuver previous, although strong product like this Passat and the brand new Arteon I drove just a few weeks in the past present VW’s at the very least on the fitting path ahead.

–Andrew Stoy, digital editor

On Sale: Now

Base Worth: $28,815

As Examined Worth: $28,815

Drivetrain: 1.Eight-liter DOHC turbocharged I4; FWD, six-speed computerized

Output: 170 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 184 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

Curb Weight: three,263 lb

Gasoline Financial system: 23/34/27 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)

Choices: None

Execs: Good effectivity, superb inside and trunk house

Cons: Vanilla seems to be, inside highway/wind noise

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