2022 Volkswagen Passat for Sale in West Warwick, RI
It’s not easy to say goodbye, but Volkswagen has found a special way to do that for the Passat after announcing that the 2022 model year will be its last. A special Limited Edition of this long-lived midsized sedan will be sold, with a run of just 1973 units, representing the year the Passat debuted. They will also be offered in four unique color combinations, with the number of each paying tribute to an aspect of the vehicle’s rich history. The breakdown of the 1973 units goes like this: 524 units will have a Pure White exterior and Mauro Brown interior to reflect the opening date of the Chattanooga Plant on May 24, 2011, and 615 Platinum Grey Metallic versions with Titan Black interior have been built to celebrate six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and five decades of sales in the U.S. Continuing the special numerics, 411 units will be available with an Aurora Red Metallic exterior and Titan Black interior to honor the original vehicle production code, and 423 of them will have a Racing Green Metallic exterior and Mauro Brown interior signifying the area code for Chattanooga. The Limited Edition models will have be loaded with upscale features, all of which we’ll outline in detail below.
Trims and Powertrain
This final incarnation of the Passat will have a trio of trim levels to choose from: the SE, R-Line, and – as long as supplies last – the Limited Edition. Their turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 174 hp and 206 lb.-ft. of torque and works with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drivetrain. According to EPA estimates, fuel economy is the same regardless of trim level: 24 mpg around town and 36 mpg on the highway.
The SE may technically be a base trim, but it’s loaded with some desirable stuff. Some highlights are its LED headlights, heated side mirrors with position memory, rain-sensing windshield wipers, keyless entry, remote start, push-button ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and three USB ports (one for data and two for charging). It doesn’t stop there, though: the SE also gets a sunroof, heated front seats, two-zone automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat, synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a premium color multifunction display.
The SE’s Composition Media infotainment system has all the necessities: a 6.3-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free technology with audio streaming for compatible devices, and smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto); a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio is a bonus. On the safety front, the SE comes with a backup camera, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring, a blind-spot monitor with rear traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. An intelligent crash response system and automatic post-collision braking are standard as well.
The R-Line grabs attention with its commanding presence. In addition to an exclusive front bumper and unique R-Line badges and door sill protectors, this performance-inspired trim is issued an adaptive front lighting system with corner illumination for exceptional nighttime visibility, automatic high beams, a black rear spoiler, ambient interior lighting, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters to raise the driver’s enjoyment level. Besides all of that, the R-Line’s upgraded Discover Media infotainment system has built-in navigation and a 400-watt Fender sound system with eight speakers.
The Limited Edition is this year’s debut. It was manufactured at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, assembly plant, with just 1973 units in the production run. That number pays homage to the year the first Passat was released in Germany. The Limited Edition earns its name with special 18-inch V-Red wheels, black mirror caps, a hands-free trunk, power-folding side mirrors, driver’s seat memory, heated rear outboard seats, and Vienna leather seats with tags that display the unit number on one side and the words “VW Chattanooga Since 2011” on the other.
Standard Features and Options
The SE is a well-equipped and comfortable base trim, getting remote start, heated front seats, two-tone 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights with a coming home/leaving home feature, LED taillights, a sunroof, heated side mirrors with position memory, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and ignition, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a front USB data port and two rear USB charging ports, Volkswagen Car-Net remote services, and a rearview camera.
VW upgrades the R-Line with two-tone 19-inch wheels, an adaptive front lighting system with a corner-illuminating feature, a trim-specific front bumper and door sill protectors, a black-painted rear spoiler, and ambient interior lighting. The Limited Edition gets 18-inch 15-spoke two-tone wheels, power-folding side mirrors with black-painted caps, a hands-free trunk, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, driver’s seat position memory, sport seats with Chattanooga tags, heated rear outboard seats, and leather upholstery.
Safety and Technology
The ’22 Passat gets a load of useful driver-assist technologies, even at the base level. The SE has a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and lane keeping assist. The R-Line and Limited Edition also get automatic high beams.
For staying connected and entertained, the SE has an infotainment system with a 6.3-inch touchscreen, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. The R-Line and Limited Edition round out with an 8-inch touchscreen, built-in navigation, and an upscale Fender sound system.