There are some models that car dealers across the country will always love to have on their lots, and the 2019 Volkswagen Passat has to be one of them. It's a good reminder of why midsize sedans were among the most popular vehicles in the market until quite recently. The Passat has an exceptionally spacious interior, a quality feel throughout, a user-friendly infotainment system and plenty of standard active safety technology features.
As we head towards a new generation of the Volkswagen Passat on the relatively near horizon, the German automaker has now narrowed down the 2019 Passat to just two trim levels. The first of the two available trims is now called the Wolfsburg, and the higher of the two trims available at Bakersfield car dealerships is the SE R-Line. It can hardly come as a surprise the two models share the same powertrain, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport Mode. The engine produces 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and takes passing on the highway in its stride.
The turbo-four engine is the perfect unit for this elegant car that can appeal to a wide range of potential buyers. The power delivery is smooth and responsive, and the 2019 Volkswagen Passat is as happy in the town or city as it is on the highway. It rides best on the standard 17-inch alloy wheels, but the larger 18-inch wheels don’t firm up the ride by any significant margin.
There's a huge amount of space for passengers and cargo inside the 2019 Volkswagen Passat, and those in the rear seats have more legroom than they're ever likely to need. The seats are firm and supportive and will be comfortable during even the longest of journeys, and outward vision is as good as any rival in the midsize sedan segment. The seats in both trim levels are covered in synthetic leather, and in the front, there are very good levels of adjustment to get the seating position just right. In the trunk, we find 15.9 cubic feet of cargo volume, which is par for the course in the class and can swallow a decent amount of luggage.
There’s a long list of standard equipment. The 2019 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg comes standard with a 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, synthetic leather upholstery, keyless ignition, automatic headlights, 17-inch alloys, air conditioning, and keyless access and push-button start.
Step up to the SE-R-Line and you add features like LED headlights, an upgraded 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, 18-inch alloy wheels, Fender-branded speakers, dual-zone climate control and a trunk that can be opened by swiping a foot under the rear bumper.
The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2019 Volkswagen Passat at 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is quite impressive, but anecdotal evidence suggests real-world economy is even better.*
Volkswagen has a reputation for producing safe vehicles, and the 2019 Volkswagen Passat comes with many standard safety features. Both models come standard with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, a rearview camera, an Intelligent Crash Response System, Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential, and Engine Brake Assist. The 2019 Passat SE R-Line then adds features like adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and active lane control.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.