2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium Review and Changes

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This is the refresh 2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL premium with the V6 engine. Volkswagen has sent me over their flagship family sedan, and  let's first talk about the top 5 things that I really like about the 2017 Volkswagen Passat.

2017 Volkswagen Passat black color

2017 Volkswagen Passat Redesign

Number five is going to go to extremely comfortable front seats. so my tester is the SEL premium so it actually comes with real cowhide not to flow stuff on the lower trims,  and they're just really great. The seats are nicely supportive, they're nicely bolstered and I just found it really easy to get in this car and just drive it its just really easy car to live with on a day to day basis.

Number four is going to go to the surprising amount of value that Volkswagen actually has in the Passat now that's typically not a Volkswagen strong suit, however that all changed when Volkswagen redesigned the saw it introduced this one.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Interior

The price starts at 22 for my tester fully loaded like this with everything all the bells and whistles is around $34,000 which sounds like a lot of money, but honestly it's right in line with all those competitors, I think the sweet spot is actually the Passat our line, which starts at around $23,000 at about 1,000 bucks relining package which puts you right around 25,000 dollars.

Number three is going to go to being handsome exterior and interior lines of this car. now it has that typical German look that I think will aged extremely well the Passat has actually been on the market since 2012 and with the refresh that Volkswagen did last year, I think it's one of the most elegantly styled mid-size sedans on the market.

2017 Volkswagen Passat photos

Number two is going to go to the quiet spacious and comfortable interior. Now one Volkswagen redesigned the Passat introduced a specific American model for this generation it really shows in the interior. you have very supportive seats as I said lots of space, the biggest back seat in the class, and I think it's going to really resonate actually it has resonated well with a lot of American buyers.

Number one favorite feature about the 2017 Volkswagen Passat is this wonderfully potent to VR6 motor paired with a quick shifting dual clutch transmission. now that is unique to this segment, it's nice that Volkswagen store offers a traditional v6 this particular one pumps out 280 horsepower. It makes it the quickest accelerating family sedan on the market, at least until we really get our hands off Ford Fusion sport, it's right up there because this one is only front-wheel drive it doesn't have that all-wheel drive grip, but I think most of you will find there's plenty to like with the acceleration with this VR6 motor.

2017 Volkswagen Passat front side

It of course no car is perfect so let me talk about the top five things that I dislike about the 2017 Volkswagen Passat,. and Number five is going to go to that conservative design can that conduct be viewed as boring in some eyes especially when you look at. The stylish offerings like the Mazda6, the Kia Optima and Ford Fusion. This sedan can definitely be a little bit boring especially my tester in grey with grey interior. It’s really going to depend on your taste. I think it'll age well but I can see why some people may think it's just a little bit bland.

Number four is going to go to the fact that the Passat has lost a lot of that German charm that really graced the previous generations. Now there's new one rides on an all-new new midsize sedan platform it's been developed and built for the US market.

2017 Volkswagen Passat has lost some of that Volkswagen German charm, especially with the interior. Especially with the exterior design the handling, I think that there is a reason why Volkswagen went with this more American route are going to find that this sedan can definitely feel very different versus the previous generation.

2017 Volkswagen Passat side

Number three is going to go to a dual clutch transmission that shifts quickly when you have in Sport mode. However when you're driving normally at low speed you can feel a little bit clunky. Now that clunky I didn't really experience and some higher-end Audi products so I'm chucking this down to this DSG being an older generation unit, especially since the other Audi products I've driven had a 7-speed dual-clutch.I think a lot of buyers may notice that clunky at low speeds it's just another characteristic of a dual clutch.

Number two of course is going to go to the fact that there are no more diesel options available, there's no one will drive and Volkswagen even took away the manual transmission options on the Passat. That’s right the Passat only comes with two options, now a turbo four-cylinder or this VR6 with an automatic either a traditional torque converter or a dual clutch.

Volkswagen needs to have that edge with all those different choices, there's no more diesel, there's no more stick shift and Volkswagen doesn't offer our drive. that may turn off a few buyers out there especially the VW tires.

Finally my least favorite feature about the 2017 Volkswagen Passat is the fact that it handles and rides like a big American sedan. Now let me rephrase that because a lot of American sedans honestly feel like European cars now. But this to me just doesn't feel like the old Passat.

Finally my least favorite feature about the 2017 Volkswagen Passat is the fact that it handles and rides like a big American sedan. Now let me rephrase that because a lot of American sedans honestly feel like European cars now. But this to me just doesn't feel like the old Passat.

2017 Volkswagen Passat is the ride is super soft, the steering is super numb and it just really turns me off considering that I'm looking at a stereo that has a VW badge. I expect this thing to handle and feel very dramatic and it doesn't it drives and handles like an American car.

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