2018 Volkswagen Passat Trim Comparison
The Volkswagen Passat is a model that shoppers have turned to again and again for its refined driving dynamic and premium interior. A sophisticated new style makes the model even more head-turning, plus sportier trims give additional appeal for those who like to break from the luxury appearance. For those who like to ride in comfort, but are shopping on a budget, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is an obvious choice.
What’s not so obvious? Which grade is the best for your lifestyle. A quick comparison of the six total trim levels will help you narrow down features and pick the perfect balance between comfort and cost. Below, you’ll find highlights on the S, R-Line, SE, SE with Technology, GT and SEL Premium. Note, the GT is a new trim level for the 2018 model year.
|S||R-Line||SE||SE w/Technology||GT||SEL Premium|
|Starting MSRP||$22,995||$24,995||$26,295||$29,595||N/A||$31,650 ($34,650 V6)|
What are the differences between 2018 VW Passat trims?
When you look at the above chart, one important thing to keep in mind is that features typically build upon one another. That is to say, the features you see in the S trim will be added to or upgraded in the R-Line. On exception is the new GT trim, which loses some features found in the SE with Technology. For example, the GT doesn’t have built-in navigation or heated rear seats and loses some driver’s assistance technology. This is because the GT trim puts the focus on performance and style, rather than upscale features.
Another key thing to consider? Engine options. All trims but the GT are available with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TSI, and upgrade from the 1.8-liter from the previous model year. This engine offers 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The GT comes standard with the 3.6-liter VR6, an engine which boasts a 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque output. This engine is also available on the SEL Premium trim.
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