2017 VW Passat R-Line – Footage (US Market). Redesigned in 2016 with fresh sheetmetal, a revised interior and new connectivity and available driver assistance systems, the Volkswagen Passat sees relatively minor changes for 2017. However, the trim structure has been repositioned, with driver assistance, connectivity, and convenience features being moved into lower trim lines, thus offering a great value story.
The R-Line model takes a step up with features that include: Composition Media touchscreen radio with USB connectivity, voice control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio 3-month trial, and Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect technology; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; a power driver seat; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; and heatable front seats. An available Lighting Package adds LED headlamps with LED DRLs and LED taillights.
The SE adds KESSY keyless access with push-button start and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, as well as an available Lighting Package that takes the R-Line lighting package features and adds foglights. The SE with Technology model, available with either the 1.8T or VR6 engine, adds remote start, Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and LED headlamps and taillights.
The 2017 Passat lineup features two engine options: the 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder or a powerful 3.6-liter VR6.
The four-cylinder Gen 3 EA888 turbocharged and direct-injection engine is made in Silao, Mexico. This 1.8-liter engine produces 170 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 184 pound-feet of torque from 1,500 rpm on regular gasoline. The EPA estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Passat models equipped with the 1.8-liter engine are offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.6-liter VR6 makes the 2017 Passat a true sport sedan. Producing an impressive 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm with premium fuel, it offers power and luxury-class driving comfort with surprising fuel economy – EPA estimated highway mileage is 28 mpg. The VR6 is capable of running on regular gasoline. Shifting on the Passat VR6 is handled by a standard 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, which features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the SEL Premium.
$22,440 MSRP (plus $820 destination) with automatic transmission
$23,975 MSRP (plus $820 destination) with automatic transmission.
$25,495 MSRP (plus $820 destination) with automatic transmission
1.8T SE w/ Technology
$27,995 MSRP (plus $820 destination) with automatic transmission
V6 SE w/ Technology
$29,295 MSRP (plus $820 destination) with automatic transmission
1.8T SEL Premium
$30,995 MSRP (plus $820 destination) with automatic transmission
V6 SEL Premium$33,995 MSRP (plus $820 destination) with automatic transmission
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