The Volkswagen Passat model has won hearts since it was first launched in 1973. It has become the go-to for buyers looking for something roomier. And once again, the 2021 Volkswagen Passat doesn't disappoint in that regard. If you are looking for an upgrade, here is what you can expect from the 2021 Volkswagen Passat.
What New for 2021?
The 2021 Volkswagen is based on the 2012 model that was voted the best premium mid-size sedan. New features and upgrades have been added to give it a fresher and new look. Perhaps the biggest news is that the SEL trim has been discontinued. That means that the R-line is now the highest trim. While older Passat models have been previously accused of lagging when it comes to tech, buyers will be happy to know that all 2021 trims now come with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and brake assist.
What Styles Does It Come in?
The 2021 Volkswagen Passat is an upgrade on the previous model. This year's edition has sharper lines, lending it more of a coupe-like profile. This 5-seat sedan is still one of the roomier options in its class. A standard Passat comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. However, the size of the wheels increases as you go up the trim. For instance, the SE is fitted with 18s while the top trim spots even larger 19-inch alloy wheels.
This car is powered by a four-cylinder and 2.0-litre engine that produces 174 hp. The Passat features a six-speed transmission that drives the front wheels. Although it's not as sporty as other sedans in the same class, it guarantees a safe commute for your family. However, you can get a few extra features by getting a higher trim.
Unlike previous models, the 2021 Volkswagen Passat only comes in three trims. Here is a breakdown of the specs from each trim and what to expect.
The 2.0T S
The 2.0T S Auto is the base model for Passat. The 2021 model comes in six colors, ranging from metallic red to pure white. For the interior, buyers can choose from the four available colors. It has a very spacious cabin that comfortably accommodates five passengers. Even the base model comes with some great safety features, such as distance pacing cruise control, dual front and side-impact airbags, forward collision warning, and perimeter approach lights.
The 2.0T SE Auto
The SE is the second level trim for the 2021 Volkswagen Passat. It has all the standard features of the S trim with a few additions. For one, it has a sunroof; something you won't find in the basic trim. The next thing you notice is the keyless start option. Other extra features include rain-sensing wipers, driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirror, climate control, heated front seats, and lane departure warning. The big difference with the base model is more convenient features. However, performance and safety are very similar.
The 2.0T R-Line
The R-line is now the most premium trim of the 2021 Volkswagen Passat. In addition to the S and SE trims' features, Volkswagen has added upgrades for those who want a bit more. The first feature that grabs your attention is the 19-inch alloy wheels.
The next distinction is the premium sound system added for your enjoyment. They even throw in an additional package, containing first aid kits, jumper cables, and roadside assistance kit. Of course, all these added features will cost you a little extra. You decide if it's worth it.
Appearance and features mean very little if they don't translate into a better driving experience. The six-speed transmission provides for a smooth ride. However, it can be a bit handful when crawling in slow traffic. The power steering is responsive and accurate, and there are plenty of instruments to play with at the decks.
You can check everything from tire pressure to battery health. You can also listen to your favorite tunes on Apple Carplay or Android Auto. Driver-assistance features, such as lane departure, collision warning, automated emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring, contribute to a safe drive. These features are parts of the car that have received decent safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highways.
The 2-liter, 174 horsepower engine is not precisely a powerhouse, but it's perfect for a family car. After all, this car was designed for those looking to drive around in comfort and style.
Modern buyers want a balance between performance and fuel economy; the 2021 Volkswagen ticks both boxes for its class. The Environmental Protection Agency gives the Passat a combined fuel economy rating of 28 mpg. Of course, this value goes as high as 36 mpg on the highway and reduces to 26mpg on the busy city streets. This fuel consumption translates into a range of 444 miles in the city and an impressive 666 miles on the highway. If you are concerned about carbon footprint, Passat has an emission rate of about 129grams per kilometer.
The Volkswagen Passat remains one of the popular mid-size family sedans on the market. However, the Passat model has been struggling in recent times due to fierce competition. Part of the reason for its struggles was the outdated infotainment system. The 2021 Volkswagen Passat has tried to make up for that. To enjoy most of these features, we recommend the SE trim. It has most of the features you would find on other sedans in the same class.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Volkswagen Passat MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.