2018 Volkswagen Passat SE vs SE with Technology

Red 2018 VW Passat SE vs Blue 2018 VW Passat SE w/Technology

It’s unfortunate that many of us go years without really being able to choose the car that we want. Frequently, motorists end up behind the wheel of a vehicle that simply fits their budget. If you’re finally in the position to be a bit more selective than whatever merely falls your way, you might be debating the difference between trim levels. Trims, sometimes called grades, are something that frequently catches shoppers off guard when it’s their first time buying a new car. You probably knew you wanted the 2018 Volkswagen Passat, but weren’t aware that this model is further broken down into a total of six trim levels.

Today, we’re looking at your two mid-grade options, the SE vs SE with Technology. With an MSRP price difference of $3,200, the savings is enough to be appealing, but the features of the SE with Tech are just as tempting.

2018 Volkswagen Passat SE


2018 VW Passat SE w/Tech

$26,395 MSRP $29,595
No Remote Start Yes
Yes Power Tilting/Sliding Moonroof Yes
No Built-In Navigation Yes

More features, or more money in your pocket?

When it comes to picking the right car for you, we often suggest you consider what will make you happy for the next five or more years. Statistics show that the average buyer keeps a car for 6.5 years. That’s a long time to live without a feature you ultimately want. This should be your top consideration when picking a trim level. Though cruise control is standard on the 2018 Volkswagen Passat, it used to be an option motorists would forego in order to save money, but the stress of a long drive without cruise control? Not worth it for most commuters.

So, what would you be missing out on if you chose the SE instead of the SE with Technology? The SE trim level includes keyless access with push-button start, a moonroof, blind spot monitor, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, rear traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a 6.3-inch infotainment system with built-in rearview camera and Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.

Obviously, this is already a range of convenience and driver assistance options. What more could you want? The SE with Technology has all these features, but adds on park distance control, a hands-free easy open trunk, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED headlights, DRLs and taillights, halogen foglights with low-speed corner illumination, heated front and rear seats, remote engine start and built-in touchscreen navigation.

It's true both trims offer a high degree of value and plenty of features you could live without. The question is, do you want to? Stop by New Century Volkswagen to decide for yourself when you take a test drive.