Volkswagen announced pricing today for 2014 Passat models equipped with the new 1.8T engine, which was previously offered only the 2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL but now spreads to all models that used to have a 2.5-liter inline-five. Compared to the outgoing inline-five, the 1.8-liter direct-injection turbo engine provides seven lb-ft more torque and higher EPA fuel-economy ratings. The 2.5-liter engine is no longer available in any new Passat.
When equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, the 2014 Passat 1.8T S will cost $21,715, an increase of just $50 compared to the prior version with the 2.5 liter engine. The Wolfsburg Edition is priced at $24,785, and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard. Moving up the Passat lineup, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat SE is $25,295 with a five-speed manual, while adding a sunroof will raise the Passat SE to $27,215. With sunroof and navigation, the cost for the SE trim totals $28,375. As Volkswagen previously announced, the 2014 Passat 1.8T SEL comes in at a range topping $31,715. All prices include $820 in destination fees.
With the new 1.8T 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. By contrast, the 2013 Passat 2.5-liter managed 22/32 mpg with a manual and 22/31 mpg with an automatic transmission.
The 2014 Volkswagen Passat’s October sales were slightly down year-over-year, dropping to 13 percent to 7,258 vehicles. VW was somewhat toward the bottom of the pack in October, ranking right between the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger.
The use of the 1.8T engine throughout the Passat lineup, excluding the TDI models, reflects Volkswagen’s overall strategy to rid their vehicles of naturally-aspirated engines. The 1.8T is expected to be used in the Beetle and Golf models, and is also available in the 2014 Jetta sedan, but Volkswagen has not yet revealed details about a forthcoming turbocharged engine that could replace the 3.6-liter V-6 currently powering the Passat, Touareg, and CC.