Long Term Updates
Date: January 2018
This 2018 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T R-Line is new to our Long Term fleet. Even so, in its first 3-weeks we still covered 12-hundred miles.
R-Line trim adds a sportier look to the Passat. Our tester also sports the Passat’s new standard 2-liter turbocharged I4 with 174-horsepower. That’s up 4 from the old 1.8. While no rocket, matched with a 6-speed Tiptronic, it easily complies with our everyday throttle needs.
Handling is in a word, great. Yet the ride remains very comfortable. We do miss some of the amenities we enjoyed in the Passat SEL Premium a few months back, like push-button start. But, oh well, that just shows there is a Passat for every taste.
We’re already getting 37.3 miles-per-gallon on the interstates, that’s slightly above the government’s highway rating of 36.
Engine: 2 liter