2015 Volkswagen Passat Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What's New for 2015:

  • Improved fuel economy for 1.8T model
  • New engine for TDI Clean Diesel model
  • New Technology package for S and Wolfsburg Edition trim levels adds a reversing camera and upgraded touch-screen infotainment system with a reversing camera
  • New option package for SE trim level adds navigation, push-button starting, sunroof, comfort sport seats, upgraded trim, and 18-in. wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers added to SEL Premium trim level

Introduction
The 2015 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize 4-door sedan. Key competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Mazda 6, Subaru Legacy, and Toyota Camry.

Models and Features
Volkswagen offers the 2015 Passat in 1.8T, TDI Clean Diesel, and V6 model series. Depending on the series, trim levels include S, Wolfsburg Edition, SE, Sport Edition, and SEL Premium.

Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard in the Passat 1.8T. It makes 170 horsepower and is available with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Passat TDI Clean Diesel model gets a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine for 2015, one rated to make 150 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque, with maximum torque available from 1,750 rpm. The clean diesel engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automated manual transmission, the latter designed to operate just like an automatic transmission from the driver's perspective.

The Passat V6 is equipped with a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a 6-speed DSG.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the Passat 1.8T model's fuel economy ranges from a low of 24 mpg in the city to a high of 36 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission choice. Volkswagen installs new low-rolling-resistance tires on the 2015 Passat 1.8T in a bid to improve fuel economy, and the result is a 1-mpg increase on the highway for both transmissions.

Passat TDI Clean Diesel fuel-economy ratings range from a low of 30 mpg in the city to a high of 44 mpg on the highway, and Volkswagen says the new, higher highway figure gives this model a range of more than 800 miles.

The Passat V6 is rated to return 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
Every 2015 Passat is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity with music-streaming capability, and all models except for the basic Passat S are equipped with Volkswagen Car-Net smartphone pairing and services technology.

Highlights of Car-Net include safety features such as automatic crash notification and Manual Emergency Call, as well as the ability to access various vehicle features remotely from a smartphone. You can even use a Last Parked Location function to find the Passat if you've forgotten where you left it. Car-Net also provides speed alert and boundary alert features, which are useful in households where teen drivers might access the family car.

Additional technology highlights include a reversing camera, touch-screen infotainment system with HD Radio, a navigation system, premium audio system, and keyless access with push-button engine starting.

What's New for 2015:

  • Improved fuel economy for 1.8T model
  • New engine for TDI Clean Diesel model
  • New Technology package for S and Wolfsburg Edition trim levels adds a reversing camera and upgraded touch-screen infotainment system with a reversing camera
  • New option package for SE trim level adds navigation, push-button starting, sunroof, comfort sport seats, upgraded trim, and 18-in. wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers added to SEL Premium trim level

Introduction
The 2015 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize 4-door sedan. Key competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Mazda 6, Subaru Legacy, and Toyota Camry.

Models and Features
Volkswagen offers the 2015 Passat in 1.8T, TDI Clean Diesel, and V6 model series. Depending on the series, trim levels include S, Wolfsburg Edition, SE, Sport Edition, and SEL Premium.

Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard in the Passat 1.8T. It makes 170 horsepower and is available with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Passat TDI Clean Diesel model gets a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine for 2015, one rated to make 150 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque, with maximum torque available from 1,750 rpm. The clean diesel engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automated manual transmission, the latter designed to operate just like an automatic transmission from the driver's perspective.

The Passat V6 is equipped with a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a 6-speed DSG.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the Passat 1.8T model's fuel economy ranges from a low of 24 mpg in the city to a high of 36 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission choice. Volkswagen installs new low-rolling-resistance tires on the 2015 Passat 1.8T in a bid to improve fuel economy, and the result is a 1-mpg increase on the highway for both transmissions.

Passat TDI Clean Diesel fuel-economy ratings range from a low of 30 mpg in the city to a high of 44 mpg on the highway, and Volkswagen says the new, higher highway figure gives this model a range of more than 800 miles.

The Passat V6 is rated to return 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
Every 2015 Passat is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity with music-streaming capability, and all models except for the basic Passat S are equipped with Volkswagen Car-Net smartphone pairing and services technology.

Highlights of Car-Net include safety features such as automatic crash notification and Manual Emergency Call, as well as the ability to access various vehicle features remotely from a smartphone. You can even use a Last Parked Location function to find the Passat if you've forgotten where you left it. Car-Net also provides speed alert and boundary alert features, which are useful in households where teen drivers might access the family car.

Additional technology highlights include a reversing camera, touch-screen infotainment system with HD Radio, a navigation system, premium audio system, and keyless access with push-button engine starting.

Available Trims for the 2015 Volkswagen Passat
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 3.6L V6 DSG) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 35995.00 Engine 3.6 L/220 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name TDI SE (4dr Sdn 2.0L Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 27095.00 Engine 2.0 L/120 City/Hwy MPG 30/44
Name TDI SE w/Sunroof (4dr Sdn 2.0L DSG) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 29125.00 Engine 2.0 L/120 City/Hwy MPG 30/42
Name TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav (4dr Sdn 2.0L DSG) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 30850.00 Engine 2.0 L/120 City/Hwy MPG 30/42
Name TDI SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 2.0L DSG) Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD MSRP 33925.00 Engine 2.0 L/120 City/Hwy MPG 30/42
Name SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 31790.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 31790.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name S (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22440.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name S (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22440.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name SE (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26280.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name SE (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26280.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name SE w/Sunroof & Nav (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28105.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name SE w/Sunroof & Nav (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28105.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name S (4dr Sdn 1.8T Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 21340.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/35
Name S (4dr Sdn 1.8T Manual PZEV) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 21340.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/35
Name Sport (4dr Sdn 1.8T Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 26915.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/35
Name Sport (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28115.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name Sport (4dr Sdn 1.8T Manual PZEV) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 26915.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/35
Name Sport (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28115.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name Wolfsburg Ed (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24375.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name Wolfsburg Ed (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24375.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name Limited Edition (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23995.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
Name Limited Edition (4dr Sdn 1.8T Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23995.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
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INTERIOR
  • Heated Front Comfort Sport Seats -inc: power driver seat w/lumbar support and power passenger seat
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • Car-Net Selective Service Internet Access
  • 5 Person Seating Capacity
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Compass
  • Valet Function
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
  • Cruise Control
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Leather Gear Shift Knob
  • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Wood Door Panel Insert, Simulated Wood Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Tracker System
  • Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat and Door Mirrors
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Remote Engine Start
  • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Redundant Digital Speedometer
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Analog Display
  • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
  • Immobilizer III Engine Immobilizer
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • Heated Front Comfort Seats -inc: power driver seat w/lumbar support and manual passenger seat
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Door Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Front Map Lights
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Includes Manual Lumbar Support
  • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
  • Front Comfort Sport Seats
  • Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material and Power 2-Way Driver Lumbar
  • 8-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt and Power 2-Way Lumbar Support
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Lumbar Support
  • Driver And Passenger Heated-Cushion, Driver And Passenger Heated-Seatback
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: adjustable lumbar support for front seats
  • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Locking Glove Box
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Cloth Door Trim Insert
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
  • Heated Front Comfort Sport Seats -inc: power driver seat w/lumbar support and manual passenger seat
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Vinyl/Rubber Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels: 18" Bristol Alloy
  • Tires: P235/45R18 All Season
  • Wheels w/Silver Accents
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim
  • Chrome Bodyside Moldings
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Cornering Lights
  • Wheels: 17" Sonoma Alloy
  • Tires: P215/55R17 AS
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Wheels: 16" Steel w/Full Covers
  • Tires: P215/60R16 AS
  • Black Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Wheels: 19" Luxor Alloy
  • Tires: P235/40R19 AS
  • Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Wheels: 16" San Jose Alloy
MECHANICAL
  • Engine: 3.6L VR6 280 HP
  • Transmission: 6-Speed DSG Automatic w/Tiptronic
  • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Oil Cooler
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 4.77 Axle Ratio
  • Engine Oil Cooler
  • 140 Amp Alternator
  • 72-Amp/Hr 380CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 4629# Gvwr 1151# Maximum Payload
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 18.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
  • Engine: 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • 3.68 Axle Ratio
  • 4630# Gvwr 1120# Maximum Payload
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
  • Transmission: 6-Speed DSG Automatic -inc: Power Slide & Tilt Sunroof, sunscreen blind
  • 4.12 Axle Ratio
  • 4674# Gvwr 1129# Maximum Payload
  • Engine: 1.8L 4-Cylinder DOHC
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/Tiptronic
  • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Tiptronic Sequential Shift Control
  • 3.87 Axle Ratio
  • 61-Amp/Hr 330CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 4519# Gvwr 1140# Maximum Payload
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Tiptronic
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • 3.65 Axle Ratio
  • 4453# Gvwr 1129# Maximum Payload
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Car-Net Emergency S.O.S
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Radio: RNS 510 Navigation System -inc: voice control, Fender premium audio system w/8 speakers and subwoofer, Bluetooth connectivity w/microphone, Media Device Interface (MDI) and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription)
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System, DVD-Audio and 20 Gb Internal Memory
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • 400w Regular Amplifier
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
    • Radio: Premium VIII Touch-Screen -inc: 6-CD, MP3 playback and 8 speakers, Bluetooth connectivity w/microphone, Media Device Interface (MDI) and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription)
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: RNS 315 Navigation System -inc: Bluetooth connectivity w/microphone, Media Device Interface (MDI) and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription)
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • 8 Speakers
    • Radio: AM/FM RCD 310 w/CD Player -inc: 6 speakers, Bluetooth connectivity w/microphone
    • Radio: RNS 315 Navigation System -inc: Bluetooth connectivity w/microphone and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription)
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
    • Radio: AM/FM RCD 310 w/CD Player -inc: 6 speakers, Bluetooth connectivity w/microphone, Media Device Interface (MDI) and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription)
    • Radio: Premium VIII Touch-Screen -inc: 6-CD, MP3 playback and 8 speaker, Bluetooth connectivity w/microphone and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription)

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