By Tribune Staff

For those of you who’ve been wanting a six-cylinder engine car for under 30-grand, the 2018 Passat GT is waiting to come home with you. The Passat GT has a 280-hp V6 that adds fun to every drive. And it’s fun to look at, too, with 19” Tornado wheels, R-Line front and rear bumpers. The R-Line trim gives the Jetta a sportier look, from the front grille and rear bumper to the black headliner and two-tone leatherette seating surfaces. There’s also a black roof, black mirror caps, and two-tone leatherette seating surfaces. Automatic headlights with Coming/Leaving Home feature LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and LED taillights. Electromechanical power steering with variable assistance and active return, along with Power tilting/sliding sunroof.

Once you get inside of the Jetta. 

• There’s the two-tone leatherette seating surfaces; a center front armrest with integrated storage box; comfort sport seats, with two-tone leatherette seating surfaces

• 8-way power driver’s seat including power-adjustable lumbar support

• Center front armrest with integrated storage, with comfort sport seats

When it comes to technology, Jetta has you covered.  Enjoy the Volkswagen Car=Net App-Connect.  There’s Bluetooth® technology with audio streaming for compatible devices. Composition Media 6.3” touchscreen sound system with proximity sensor, MP3/WMA/FLAC-compatible CD player, AM/FM/HD Radio™, and SD memory card reader. And when it’s time to back it all up, there a Rear View Camera System. Plus, there’s 2 USB ports to charge up any of those other techie devices on board. And perhaps one of the coolest aspect of all, is that the GT’s trim was conceived and developed by engineers right here in Tennessee—Chattanooga!

THE NUMBERS: MSRP—est. $29, 995 – MPG: 19 city / 28 highway