Getting a Boost: VW Sets Pricing for Passats with the 1.8T Engine

2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T

Volkswagen continues to refine the Passat, and today it announced that the new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder introduced on the Passat SEL now will be standard across the Passat line. Prices will start from $21,715.

The new engine is the third generation of the EA888 family. It’s a direct-injected 1.8-liter turbo four that develops 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The engine has a wide, flat torque curve that peaks between 1500 and 4750 rpm—whereas the 2.5-liter achieved its maximum torque peak of 177 lb-ft at a lofty 4250 rpm. Electric power steering replaces the hydraulic setup of the 2.5 for lower weight and improved EPA fuel economy. Both the five-speed manual and six-speed-automatic versions achieve an additional 2 mpg city and 3 mpg highway; the stick is now rated at 24/35 and the automatic at 24/34. The 1.8T-equipped Passat should also be quicker, with 0-60 times reduced by about 0.7 second, according to VW.

2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T turbocharged 1.8-liter inline-4 engine

The price effects are moderate. The base 1.8T Passat S is priced at $21,715, only $50 more than the outgoing 2.5 version. The Wolfsburg Edition comes in at $24,785, an increase of $470. There are three SE models: the $25,295 SE five-speed, the $27,215 SE Sunroof, and the $28,375 SE Sunroof with Nav. They average around $550 more than the respective 2.5 models. The 1.8T was already standard on the $31,715 SEL.

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From our driving impressions, we think that’s a few hundred bucks well spent. In addition to the improved fuel economy and improved acceleration, we find the new EA888 to be more refined, the torque curve to be very usable, and in all quite pleasurable to drive.

While the plant in Chattanooga is now producing Passats with the 1.8T, 2.5-liter models will continue to sell while dealer supplies last. If you’re considering a new Passat, be sure to lift the hood before buying; you’ll definitely want the 1.8T.

2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SEL

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