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MSRP: as tested: $31,715

In what is a refresh year, Volkswagen Passat makes a splash for with a changing of the guard. The occurs under the hood, the Passat’s base engine a five-cylinder is being phased out the course of the model year, and by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

The movement happens first in SEL with the rest of the base Passat lineup following Memories of the 2.5 known for its earnest, sound will quickly for those who sample the new motor. At glance, the output of both and incoming engines seems The 2.5 is rated at 170 horsepower and 177 lb. ft. of torque. The h.p. is identical, and the torque is just 7 lb. ft. greater. However, the peak horsepower arrives at rpm, compared to 5,700 for the And, maximum torque is from 1,500-4,700 rpm in the turbo, as to 4,250 with the 2.5. As the suggest, the turbo four much livelier off the line does the five. An automatic 1.8T is .8 seconds faster 0-60 mph than an auto 2.5 vs. 7.9). Power delivery is and lag free throughout. Fuel is

also benefitted by the engine EPA estimates for the 1.8T are 24/34, the 2.5 checks in with 22/31.

When the changeover is completed, the will take its place the 2.0L TDI and 3.6L VR6 on the Passat’s list of available motors. priced at a premium vs. the 1.8T, models start at $26,295), the diesel offers decent (0-60 under 9 seconds) and fuel economy (30/40). The option is earmarked for enthusiasts. a starting sticker of $29,295, the V-6 produces 280 horsepower, 258 lb. ft. of torque, and about 2.5 seconds off of the 0-60 of the 2.0 TDI. Not surprisingly, the fastest is the fuel frugal, with EPA of 20/28.

Engines aside, little changes from 2013 to Passat is still offered in trim levels (S, Wolfsburg, SE and VW rolls out its new Car-Net telematics (standard on Wolfsburg levels and up) and all with the 1.8T will be equipped with an electric-assist and pinion steering system, in of the former hydraulic power unit.

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Taken together, the electric assist steering and suspension don’t transform the into a sport sedan. not as nimble as Passats past, it is more agile than its would suggest, with a feel that’s often in midsize sedans. Ride is reassuringly smooth, as befits a car is built in America, specifically for market.

Big is the operative word for the Passat It is a midsize with near dimensions. Adults fit in either row excuse, and the back seat is roomy. Rear seatbacks and fold to expand the capacity of a sized (15.9 cu. ft.) with a low lift over While it follows the Germanic of understated interior designs, especially in top-shelf, Premium has a quality look and feel. comfort, technology or infotainment that a buyer might can be found amongst the various levels. Yet for all the available bells and Passat admirably resists the to overcomplicate its dash controls. is hard to find or operate.

Resigned in 2012, Passat less sporty but more Removing the compromise imposed by a size allowed Passat to into a car better suited to the midsize market. This phase-out of the 2.5L engine in of the 1.8T is a positive move, the base car more responsive and on gas. VW’s midsize now has a engine menu that’s as as any in the segment.

A regular contributor to the Union for more than 20 Dan Lyons is the award-winning author of six and photographer of over 150 calendars. Dan’s recent reviews on anytime at www.TimesUnion.com .

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