Hear the 2017 Passat Roar with the R-Line Edition
The Volkswagen Passat is a nice upscale sedan that many families in the US rely on to get them around each year. It has a sporty look and decent performance, but it’s in no way a sports car. It’s not something that you would think about bringing to the track, and in the grand-scheme of things it’s not that fast of a car. That’s fine for most people, but for an enthusiast that wants a bit more out of his vehicles, the standard Passat probably isn’t going to do it. That’s why Volkswagen is releasing the Passat R-Line. It’s a more potent version of the Passat with plenty of power packed under the hood thanks to a turbo-charger. This car handles better, is faster and overall is just more fun to drive around.
Thanks to the turbocharger, the Passat R-Line offers 170 HP and about 184 lb.-ft. of torque. It comes packed with a turbo-four and relies on a decent sized air intake in order to push the necessary air to run the unit effectively. This increased power makes the R-Line noticeably faster and more enjoyable to drive around. When you add in the top quality low-lying suspension system, and the highly precise electric-mechanical hybrid steering setup, you get a car that’s a blast to drive around, and that can handle even track driving if you really wanted to take it there.
You would think for such performance improvements you would have to pay out significantly for the Passat R-Line, but that’s not really the case. Instead you’ll only pay a small amount more than the base price of the vehicle, and you’ll probably be able to pick up this performance sedan brand-new for less than 25,000. That’s really affordable for a sporty sedan, and it’s probably one of the main reasons that buyers are going to be looking closely at it.
To top it all off this Passat comes with a relatively upscale interior. It’s fitted with leatherette seats that are heated up front. It comes with R-Line badging and a pretty capable 6-speaker media system complete with sat radio, and a USB connection for app support. This sedan feels fully modern and is a pretty comfortable ride that looks luxurious within. There is a lot to like about the Passat R-Line, and if you want to go fast it’s really one of your best options.
If you’re in the market for a new sedan, and you want something that offers more performance than a stock Passat, the R-Line just makes sense. It doesn’t come at a huge premium, it looks and handles nicer than the base Passat, and it’s a joy to drive around. What’s not to like about it?