Ford Fusion vs Volkswagen Passat

    By Autolist Staff | October 19, 2018

    2018 Ford Fusion

    2018 Volkswagen Passat

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    100%

    Would Buy Again

    2 Ratings

    100%

    Would Buy Again

    1 Ratings


    What’s better about the Fusion?

    Better engine lineup. The Ford Fusion has a variety of engines to choose from, starting with a base four-cylinder engine with 175 horsepower, two turbo four-cylinder options with 181 and 245 horsepower respectively, a 325-horsepower turbo V6 and a plug-in hybrid. The Passat meanwhile, only has a base 2.0-liter turbo four with 174 horsepower and an optional, 280-horsepower V6.

    Better safety score. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Fusion a Top Safety Pick rating, something it doesn’t give to the Passat.

    All-wheel-drive availability. The Fusion offers buyers an optional all-wheel-drive upgrade whereas the Passat is front-wheel-drive across its entire trim line. This could be an important thing to consider if you live in snowy climates and are looking for all-wheel-drive in your family sedan (the Fusion is one of the only models in this segment to offer AWD).

    What’s better about the Passat?

    More upscale feel. The VW Passat brings with it German engineering and build quality that lends a more refined air to the Passat, especially with the interior. It feels a notch above the Ford in terms of quality.

    Refined driving habits. Not only does the comfort and build quality of the Passat live up to European expectations but the on-road manners of the Passat are equally upscale. This is a comfortable, engaging sedan to drive for long and short trips alike.

    More rear legroom. Though they show up on paper has having nearly identical legroom in the rear seats, Ford and VW measure the distance differently. Don't believe the numbers; the Passat's rear seat is cavernous compared to nearly every other sedan in its segment.

    Autolist’s take:

    Both of these models are aging relative to rivals like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and Chevy Malibu so be sure to check out those models as well. If you’ve narrowed your list to this VW or this Ford Fusion, both would be a good choice for midsize family sedan fans. If we had to choose one, we like the Fusion’s powertrain choices, impressive safety features and its engaging drive experience. So we say Buy the Fusion.


    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Ford Fusion

    2018 Volkswagen Passat

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,913
    15k miles at $2.55/gal
    $1,748
    15k miles at $2.563/gal
    Fuel Economy

    17 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    19 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    26 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    28 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Ford Fusion

    2018 Volkswagen Passat

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    -
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Ford Fusion

    2018 Volkswagen Passat

    Interior Features

    -
    Leather
    Available
    Leather
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Heated Seats
    Available
    Heated Seats
    Available
    Keyless Entry
    Available
    Keyless Entry
    Available
    Climate Control
    Available
    Climate Control
    Technology

    Available
    Apple Carplay
    Available
    Apple Carplay
    Available
    Android Auto
    Available
    Android Auto
    Available
    Satellite Radio
    Available
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Available
    Navigation System
    Available
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Ford Fusion

    2018 Volkswagen Passat

    Powertrain

    6-Speed Automatic
    Transmission
    6-speed Automatic with Tiptronic
    Transmission
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    175+ HP @ 6000 RPM
    Horsepower
    174+ HP @ 5000 RPM
    Horsepower
    175+ lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
    Torque
    184+ lb-ft @ 1500 RPM
    Torque
    I4
    Cylinders
    I4
    Cylinders