2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE

I don’t like this car. Volkswagen just had to go ahead and build a fat Passat for US customers, instead of carrying on with the existing European Passat, didn’t they? There are two things, however, that I like about this 2015 Passat we see here. First, it’s a diesel. Second, it’s equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Turns out a visit to VW.com revealed that you can’t specify a manual gearbox in a new Passat anymore. In the wake of the diesel emissions scandal, you can’t opt for a diesel engine, either. So thanks loads again, Volkswagen, for neutering your product range even further for 2016. If it’s a diesel Passat you want, at least there are a few more leftovers hanging around out there, such as this one for sale in Pennsylvania.

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Year: 2015
Model: Passat TDI SE
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 0 mi
Price: $24,491 Buy It Now

2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE. Offered in Candy White exterior with Titan Black leatherette interior. Features include leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, heated comfort front seats, air conditioning, cruise control, power central locking system with remote, automatic headlights, rearview camera system, Premium VIII touch screen radio, Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth, media device interface, splash guards, roadside assistance kit, Monster Mats, heavy duty trunk liner, 17 inch alloy wheels and much more. Please contact one of our sales professionals today and let us show you how easy it is to own a Volkswagen from Autohaus Lancaster.

I’m curious as to the number of leftover TDIs Volkswagen still has hanging around. Volkswagen halted sales of certain diesel models last September after the scandal hit, so I’m assuming the TDIs they had in stock have eventually made their way onto the market like this car. The uninformed might shy away from them, but there’s nothing wrong with these machines. Other manufacturers have gotten pinched for cheating emissions regulations, such as Cadillac back in 1995. Given most of the US buying public’s aversion to cars with three pedals, I’d say with a bit of negotiation, someone could get a decent deal on a Passat unlike any that could be specced for 2016.

-Paul

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9 Comments

  1. I’m so sick of the nose-in-the-air euro arrogance about the current Passat being fat or generic. The previous one was no looker and the ones prior to that just couldn’t compete. This one looks good. It manages to be understated and elegant without being a tweaked tortured glob of styling gel. And they’re more competitive as a result. Win win in my book. Get over it. And, anymore, even though I’ve been a shift-your-own-gears elitist for many years, modern automatics are the shit. Add all-wheel drive and all you have to do is stab it and steer. I love that.

  2. We got my wife a brand new one of these back in 12′, she drove it for three years and loved it. As a commuter it was perfect for her, she was sold on the safety features for hauling around jr., and the SE w/sun&sound was fine by me when traveling cross state to see the family. She still brings up this car when we talk about her next car.

  3. Does the dash come with a pillbox for one’s lithium and prozac, required by being surrounded by an unmitigated sea of gray?

  4. As far as I know, every new TDI was removed from the the new car lot when the suit was validated. I think there may be a lot of new cars penned up waiting for a software update to bring them up to spec. It’s the pre DEF(urea) cars that are delaying settlement, I think; the fix isn’t so simple for the ’09-’14 TDIs that were included in the suit.

  5. To each their own, Ed. I prefer the euro market Passat, but the draconian US government forbids importation. And as good as modern day automatic transmissions are, there are some of us who would still rather have a manual. Oh well, so much for freedom of choice.

  6. It’s actually beyond that – if dealers take a TDi on trade they’re forced to sit on it or retrofit the computer. An independent dealer friend of mine who has a VW dealer friend just got a call and bought a trade in Jetta directly from a customer so that VWOA wouldn’t force the dealer to take it. He got this car – an ’07 Jetta from memory – for $1,000.

  7. I like the european cars, because they are much better for the environment. In fact they produce less smog than a big car.

  8. Clearly the fan boys hate it, buy a CC, but wasn’t this motor trends car of the year in 2012? We couldn’t keep them on the lot here, I sold a ton of them. Gripe all you like about not getting your tdi-4motion-6mt-wgn with r pkg but VAG nailed this car as a consumer favorite. With out cars like this you can kiss your Golf R good bye from the line-up…

  9. there is NO fix for the TDI emissions BS, and the stop sale is only on new cars. both my 2.0TDI, and 3.0TDI are up in the air with regards to fixes, but the word on the street is that the 2.0TDI will be a buyback, as there is NO software fix, and it would be too difficult to retrofit an adBlue system.

    The 3.0TDI will likely get a bump in adBlue via software…however, no decision has been made, and won’t be until next week.

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