The 2019 Volkswagen Passat shows off a timeless mix of eye-catching design elements. The substantial fully-chromed four-bar grille and the muscular hood all work together to give the Passat a wide, planted stance from the front. Available chrome window surrounds add to the premium nature of the design, as does available LED lighting.
At the rear, the bumper and trunk lid help to shape the 2019 Volkswagen Passat look. The car has a premium European-style, flush rear license plate area and an available chrome strip on the trunk that connects the trunk lid to the taillights, making the rear lights appear lower and enhancing the grounded appearance.
The 2019 Volkswagen Passat remains a generously-proportioned four-door sedan. Nose to tail, it measures 191.9 inches and features a stretched 110.4-inch wheelbase and 72.2-inch width, which allows for an exceptional 39.1 inches of rear-seat legroom.
The Passat Wolfsburg Edition rides on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and offers a Wheels & Roof package that upgrades the wheels to 18-inch aluminum-alloys and adds a sunroof. The Passat SE R-Line features standard 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, as well as a stylized front bumper with contrasting black accents, grille badging, a modified rear diffuser, and a sunroof. The Passat has seven available colors, including a new color for 2019, Terra Brown Metallic.
Tailored for the U.S. market, the 2019 Volkswagen Passat delivers ample space for five adults. The large trunk can accommodate 15.9 cu-ft of luggage. Inside, the dashboard and center console, along with integrated two-piece decor panels, are first to catch the eye. The top of the dashboard is structured with sharp contours and a sculpture line, acting to frame the elements underneath. Chrome trim pieces — including the bezels around the air vents, upper door trim, cupholders, and shift lever—help to add to the premium feel of the interior.
The SE R-Line adds stainless steel pedal caps, a multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters and R-Line specific door sill plates and carbon-look dash inserts. Both trims feature Volkswagen’s perforated V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces as standard, and three interior colors are offered—Titan Black, Moonrock, and Cornsilk Beige. The power driver’s seat adjusts eight ways, including lumbar.
All 2019 Volkswagen Passat models feature MIB II touchscreen infotainment system. The display utilizes a capacitive-touch sensor (as in smartphone and tablet technology) rather than the more common resistive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling gesture controls like swiping and even pinch-zooming. All Passat models are equipped with a 6.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display — Wolfsburg Edition models with the Composition Media unit; SE R-Line models with the Discover Media system with navigation.
Composition Media units offer one USB port and Discover Media units offer two. Both units feature Bluetooth technology for compatible devices, SiriusXM® radio for a three month trial period, and HD Radio. Both units also have the ability to send and receive SMS text messages with Bluetooth with compatible phones and pair two phones simultaneously. The Discover Media unit offers 2.5D navigation, featuring one-shot voice destination entry, destination entry with search and auto-complete, and predicts possible destinations based on often used routes.
All 2019 Volkswagen Passat models are powered by VW most advanced EA888 engine ever. For the 2018 model year, the engine capacity was increased from 1.8 to 2.0 liters and incorporated the so-called Budack cycle for improved combustion efficiency. The upshot is 174 horsepower that kicks in at 4,400 rpm, and is maintained until 6,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 184 lb-ft is achieved at 1,600 to 3,940 rpm. All models are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and the EPA-estimated fuel economy rating is 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
To help protect occupants, the 2019 Volkswagen Passat provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It features six airbags as standard (front and side airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions), along with a number of electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
A standard feature on the 2019 Volkswagen Passat is Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System helps address this, in certain crash scenarios, by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus potentially reducing residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
The Passat also includes Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions. All Passat models feature a standard rearview camera.
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