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  • The verdict: Multimedia system updates, a slew of new advanced safety features and lower fuel costs make the refreshed Volkswagen Passat much more.

    First-drive review of the updated Volkswagen Passat. Read more and see pictures of the new Passat at Car and Driver.

    The Volkswagen Passat is heavily revised for with an updated look and a long list of new features and gadgets.

    Forward-facing convertible second row. COM — Throughout , our editors traveled all over for our multi-car Challenges and tested every aspect of the vehicles involved. Unlike most vehicles, the Passat SE with Technology and higher trims will also brake when in Reverse if the driver doesn't heed the warning from the rear cross-traffic alert system. The Passat is so roomy these tweaks would put it over the top.

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    Multimedia system updates, a slew of new advanced safety features and lower fuel costs make the refreshed Volkswagen Passat much more attractive, even if its styling changes go largely unnoticed.

    Updates where they were most needed keep the competitive, though its mileage is beginning to trail even though it went up this year. When it was introduced, the current-generation Volkswagen Passat sedan won Cars. For , Volkswagen's product planners left well enough alone and improved only what was necessary.

    Though mechanical changes are few, VW dropped the manual transmission this year, leaving conventional and dual-clutch six-speed automatics for the four- and six-cylinder engines, respectively. The Passat TDI got caught up in the diesel emissions cheating scandal.

    For now, the TDI version is on hold because VW withdrew its diesel models from consideration for EPA certification, pending legitimately clean operation. No word on timing for that model's release.

    Trim levels have changed and now include the 1. I drove three versions. The front fenders are more shapely, and the hood is creased and domed. The VW badge no longer creeps up into a cutout in the hood; a thick header piece separates the leading edge of the hood from the headlights, badge and grille.

    The grille now has four horizontal bars in place of three. The headlight clusters are slimmer, and the front bumper is more intricately sculpted. Creases are sharper, and all the chrome from higher trims now appears across the lineup, including the doors and window surrounds. LED headlights are available on all trims. The rear enjoys a similar treatment, including a reworked trunk lid, taillights and bumper. Overall, the Passat's styling changes are an improvement, but it will probably go widely unrecognized as a new car.

    The version most likely to be noticed is the affordable new R-Line, which is the most … exaggerated, with more pronounced rocker panels, black accents on the front and rear bumpers, and inch wheels.

    How It Drives With the exception of discontinuing the manual transmission, VW wisely didn't mess with the gasoline powertrains or the ride and handling for , though fuel costs for both engines have fallen. Even with a turbocharger, the base 1. Combined with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission, the engine gives plenty of off-the-line power, and passing power is also on tap at a moment's notice. Drivers who want a sportier experience can easily activate Sport mode by sliding the gear selector past Drive to the S position.

    It holds onto lower gears farther up the rpm range, but the difference isn't dramatic, mainly because Drive mode is nice and responsive to begin with — not the case in some cars as automakers struggle for higher mileage. For people who prefer the feel of a conventional six-speed over a continuously variable or nine-speed automatic transmission both of which are proliferating , it might be worth the consequence: However, another midsize sedan with a conventional six-speed automatic, the Mazda6, is top-rated at 32 mpg combined.

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