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Photos of the Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport front view

Sport adds black roof and mirrors (with white and silver cars), fog lights.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport front angle high

This angle shows off the Passat's strong shoulder and, in sport trim, big wheels and black roof.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport front quarter view

The Sport's wheels are larger, but their multi-spoke design is more elegant than sporty.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Mazda6 front quarter view

The Mazda's exterior appears sexier, especially from the front quarter.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport side view

The Passat's side profile could hardly be more conventional.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport rear quarter view

The Passat appears most elegant from the rear quarter.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport interior

Shift paddles and metal pedals have little impact on the otherwise spartan interior.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Mazda6 interior

The Mazda's interior looks and feels sportier. Better materials than both elsewhere in the segment.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport instrument panel full

Boring but functional instrument panel enhances perceived roominess.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport instrument panel

Everything is easy to reach. But the steering wheel is off-center.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport driver seat

Sport bucket seat is comfortable and supportive, if not luxurious. Rubbery vinyl.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport rear seat

The Passat's best feature.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport trunk

Large trunk.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport 1.8T engine

Good performance, but short of thrilling. The manual's five tall, widely spaced ratios don't help.

Volkswagen Passat Photos: Volkswagen Passat Sport 1.8T engine uncovered

New 1.8T engine is more efficient than the 2.5-liter five-cylinder it replaced.