2018 VW Passat

What are the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Trim Differences?

The new 2018 Volkswagen Passat is the perfect sedan to transform your daily drive into a memorable experience every time you get behind the wheel, but you may be wondering, "What are the 2018 Volkswagen Passat trim differences?" To help with your research, the product specialists at Family Volkswagen have created this detailed comparison of four 2018 Passat trims: S vs. R-Line vs. SE vs. SEL Premium. Continue reading to discover which Passat trim package has the features you desire!

When you've finished learning about the 2018 Passat trim differences, head over to our new Passat inventory to see the models available at our Volkswagen dealership in Bakersfield, CA.

2018 VW Passat

2018 Volkswagen Passat: Engine Options

Whether you choose the S, R-Line, SE, or SEL Premium, you'll find a 2.0L turbocharged engine that provides excellent fuel efficiency, ideal for long commutes. Driver's looking to up the ante when it comes to performance can opt to upgrade to a 3.6L V6 engine in the SEL Premium trim level. Key engine and performance specs for all 2018 Passat trim packages are as follows:


2.0L turbocharged I4

3.6L DOHC V6 with FSI® direct fuel injection


174 HP

280 HP


184 lb.-ft.

258 lb.-ft.


Six-speed shiftable automatic with Tiptronic® and Sport Mode

Six-speed DSG® automatic with Tiptronic® and Sport Mode


Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Fuel Economy (city/hwy)

25/36 MPG

19/28 MPG

Interior of a 2018 Volkswagen Passat

2018 Volkswagen Passat: Interior Comfort & Tech

When you choose the S trim level, you'll enjoy a plethora of practical and comfortable features that help facilitate a relaxing ride after a long day's work. If you want to add head-turning style and upgraded tech to your daily drive, the R-Line and SE trim levels are excellent choices. If you appreciate sophisticated design details and premium convenience, the SEL Premium trim level is right for you. Explore interior comfort and tech features of each 2018 Volkswagen Passat trim package in the table below.

Trim Level

Feature Availability



· Seating for five passengers

· 15.9 cu. ft. of cargo space

· Three-spoke, multi-function steering wheel

· Multi-function trip computer

· Cloth seating surfaces

· Eight-way power driver's seat including power-adjustable lumbar support

· Bluetooth® technology with audio streaming

· Rear view camera system

· Composition color 5-in. touchscreen sound system



Includes all S features plus:

· Climatronic® dual-zone automatic climate control

· Adaptive Cruise Control

· Steering-wheel-mounted Tiptronic® paddle shifters

· V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces

· Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect

· Composition Media 6.3-in. touchscreen sound system with proximity sensor

· SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription

· R-Line door sill protectors

· Dark Vanadium R-Line interior trim

· Leather-wrapped gearshift knob



Includes all R-Line features plus:

· Power tilting/sliding sunroof

· Leather-wrapped steering wheel

· Keyless access with push-button start

· Wood and textured aluminum appearance interior trim


SEL Premium

Includes all SE features plus:

· Rain-sensing windshield wipers

· Hands-free Easy Open trunk

· Premium color Multifunction Display

· Remote Start

· Interior ambient lighting, front and rear

· Heated, leather, sport front and rear seats

· Eight-way power front seats including power-adjustable lumbar support and memory for driver's seat

· Discover Media 6.3-in. touchscreen navigation system

· Fender® Premium Audio System

2018 Volkswagen Passat: Safety

There's nothing more important than the safety of you and your loved ones. That's why each new Passat trim package comes with a comprehensive suite of active and passive safety systems. In fact, the 2018 Passat earned a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA, so you'll have total peace of mind every time you hit the road. View safety features of the Volkswagen Passat trim levels in the following table:

Trim Level

Feature Availability



· Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Engine Brake Assist

· Side Curtain Protection® head airbags, front and rear

· Intelligent Crash Response System

· Tire Pressure Monitoring System

· Available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Driver Assistance package

· Available Blind Spot Monitor with Driver Assistance package



Includes all S features plus:

· Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)

· Blind Spot Monitor

· Rear Traffic Alert



Includes all R-Line features plus:

· Volkswagen Car-Net® Security & Service with six-month trial subscription


SEL Premium

Includes all SE features plus:

· Parking Steering Assist

· Lane Departure Warning

A black 2018 Volkswagen Passat turning a corner

2018 Volkswagen Passat Specials & Pricing

Getting into the driver's seat of the dynamic 2018 Passat is easier than you think. View the starting MSRPs of each new 2018 Passat trim package below.

  • S - $22,995
  • R-Line - $24,995
  • SE - $26,295
  • SEL Premium - $31,650

For a great deal on your next Volkswagen sedan, check out our Passat specials to see if you qualify for one of our fantastic finance or lease offers. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to the Family Volkswagen team in Bakersfield, CA through our contact form or by calling (866) 960-8137.

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