For the second time, we were gifted with a Volkswagen Passat to take out for a spin here at our headquarters in Saint Petersburg, Fla. The Passat SEL Premium offers all of the same exquisite luxury and options as the V6 before it, but now with better efficiency. The German company continuously prides itself in its well engineered sedans, and for a week we had the opportunity to see exactly how the different variants of the Passat stick in the hearts of so many consumers.
The exterior of our most recent Passat was in a Night Blue color with 18” alloy wheels. For 2014, the company redesigned the grill of the Passat, giving it a flatter, more compact look. With the Premium package was a chrome trim throughout the exterior all the way to the rear, giving the midsize sedan a more luxurious look.
The interior was equipped with Titan Black leather and trim. Not only did this sedan offer nearly every option, such as Premium Navigation, Bluetooth, HomeLink and Media Device Interface, but we were also given the Fender Premium Audio system we’ve come to miss so dearly. The seats were, of course, incredibly comfortable and every feature inside was within reach and conveniently placed, making both the driving and riding experience a pleasure for everyone.
The SEL gave us smooth cruising and delivered a sense of security to both the driver and passengers. VW prides themselves on their “solid” cars, and have been given fantastic safety ratings for years. That powerful feel crossed with a 170 hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo engine brings you to the perfect balance of performance and security.
For the price of $31,710, the Passat SEL Premium may be one of the best, most cost effective vehicles in its class. You are given a unique blend of performance and luxury while feeling that you and your family are secure in any weather or any incident. duPont REGISTRY Exotic Cars recommends this vehicle to those who want a comfortable daily driver while going to and from the office or just to drive the kids to school. It would also make an excellent first driver for your teens. Get to your local Volkswagen dealer and see for yourself.