Volkswagen has brought the Passat Performance concept shown at last year's Detroit auto show to production. Called the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport, the new trim level costs $27,295 (including destination) with a five-speed manual transmission or $28,495 with a six-speed automatic.
The 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport slots between the SE and SEL Luxury trims in the midsize sedan's current lineup, and is powered by the 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbo-four that was added to the Passat for the 2014 model year. Visually, the Sport stands apart from other versions of the Passat thanks to its 19-inch "Luxor" wheels, a rear spoiler, and fog lights. Urano Gray exterior paint is exclusive to the Passat Sport; the other two paint choices, Candy White and Tungsten Silver, are also accompanied by black-painted mirrors and a black roof, design choices that echo the styling of the Passat Performance concept.
Moving inside, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport features sport seats, carbon fiber-look trim, aluminum sport pedals, stainless-steel door sill plates, and unique floor mats. Because the car is based on the Passat SE, other standard equipment includes automatic headlights, a backup camera, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the Volkswagen Car-Net telematics system that first appeared on the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta.
With the 1.8-liter engine, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat returns 24/35 mpg (city/highway) with a five-speed manual transmission, and 24/34 mpg with a six-speed automatic. The 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport goes on sale in the spring.