Above average space,  European “feel”,  eager performance,  economy….plus below average price…..that pretty much sums up Volkswagen’s 2017 Passat.


With mid-sized sedans losing favor to SUVs, one has to wonder if manufacturers had been turning out sedans this good years ago, if that would still be the case.


While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, VW’s Passat seems to have more of a Euro-chiseled look than the more “aero” Americans and Asians.    And at least in my opinion, if you didn’t look at the window sticker, you could easily think that the Passat cost another $5,000 more than it does.


We tested VW’s “R-Line” version of the Passat, which is just one step up from the base vehicle….altho’ to look at the R-Line, you’d probably not suspect that it was a price-leader.


Passats start in the low to mid $20’s, and come with a 1.8 liter, 170 HP turbo four that feels a bit stronger than those figures would infer.  Mileage is rated at 23 City and 34 Highway.    We managed 33 on a road trip to the beach, but may have been travelling a bit above posted limits.


Even the base Passat comes with alloys, a 6-speed automatic and pass-thru 60 / 40 rear seats.


The R-Line steps it up with a jump to 19” alloys, VW’s perforated and heated imitation leather, more aggressive exterior trim and VW’s “App-Connect”….allowing you to plug in your smart phone and have all your apps display on the in-dash screen.


List price?    Still under $25,000…even with destination fees.


Want more?


Opt for an “SE” and get a sunroof, keyless entry with push-button start and a blind-spot monitor for an additional $1,500.


In order to crack the 30K barrier, you’ll need to select leather and upgraded stereo and all the tech that’s available these days.


And if you’ve just got to have more, you can chose a V-6 with everything and still come in around 35K.    The 3.6 liter six will get you an additional 110 horses…280 in all….and only drop your mileage down to 20 city and 28 highway.


In whatever configuration you select, you’ll find the Passat to be a quiet, comfortable, economical road car….yet nimble enough to squirt through in-town traffic as needed.


Again, If you’re in the market for a four-door sedan that’ll easily seat five with almost limo-like comfort, plus give you Euro style, feel and performance, you might want to take a look at VW’s Passat.

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