I am sure the car drives the same with the 18" vs the 16" you just feel more of the road with the bigger tires. I am okay with that. You would never know my car was an "S" w/ App if you didn't look close enough because of the wheels. Sounds like you got a great deal on your lease. I am paying 2x the price you are paying for my lease. I had a few other things they had to work around so if couldn't be lower. I like my Passat now but still unsure if I want to keep it or trade in for another lease when it comes time. If I do I will get the same color in a TDI. It would be sweet to have a TDI one day. My Dad wanted the TDI but did not want to wait for it so he got the SE. I just wish I had better seats in my Passat. Seems like I am always trying to find the right seat position. (It's sucks being tall sometimes) I feel like the stering wheel doesn't go down far enough. Idk. Even after the little things I am happy with it.