2016 Volkswagen Passat

 
2016 Volkswagen Passat
 
2016 Volkswagen Passat
 

2016 Volkswagen Passat

MSRP 
$29,230
Invoice 
$28,065
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 38 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.8 L Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4, 170 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Passat is a midsized sedan, fully competitive in price and features with other high-value mid-size models such as the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. The Passat remains one of the few mid-size sedans to offer the option of a manual transmission.

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What's New For 2016

For 2016, the Volkswagen Passat receives a number of changes, both inside and out. Exterior styling has been updated front and rear, with a more aggressive look that incorporates a new hood, front fenders, grille, headlights, front and rear bumpers, trunklid and taillights. Inside, the interior features and updated instrument panel and center stack for a more premium feel. The MIB II infotainment system is standard and includes USB connectivity. LED headlights and taillights are available, as is the VW Car-Net App-Connect, which supports smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A rearview camera is now standard, and a suite of advanced safety technologies are now available, including lane departure warning, frontal collision warning and blind-spot monitor. Finally, an R-Line trim is available and offers a sportier look.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Volkswagen Passat

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Vw Car-Net Emergency S.O.S
    • Blind Spot Alert Blind Spot Sensor
    • Front Assist w/Autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision and Rear Cross Traffic Alert Rear Collision
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Discover Media AM/FM/CD/HD w/Navigation -inc: 6.3" touchscreen, USB, 8-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity w/mic and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited subscription)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" Knoxville Alloy
    • Tires: P215/55R17 AS
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: power driver seat w/lumbar support and manual passenger seat
    • 8-Way Driver Seat
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Lumbar Support
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Heated Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Vw Car-Net Selective Service Internet Access
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Proximity Cargo Access
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control
    • Distance Pacing
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Door Panel Insert, Simulated Carbon Fiber Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
    • Immobilizer III Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.8L TSI 170 HP Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/Tiptronic
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Tiptronic Sequential Shift Control
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.87 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 61-Amp/Hr 330CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 140 Amp Alternator
    • 4519# Gvwr 1091# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 18.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 15.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 330
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.8 L/110
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 170 @ 6200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 184 @ 1500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 110.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 191.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 58.5
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.1
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 102
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.3
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.4
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.8
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 38
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Volkswagen Passat
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/55HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/55HR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.04
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.37
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.56
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.16
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.19
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.87
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.1 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3263
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Introduction

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is freshened with styling and technology updates that help to make it one of the more appealing sedans in its class.

Passat is a nameplate that goes back to the early 1970s, when Volkswagen moved to expand its product range beyond the beloved Beetle. Over the course of eight generations Passats have appeared in sedan and wagon body styles, generally falling into the midsize category. Never spectacular, always solidly Teutonic in character, Passats have weathered times when quality problems plagued Volkswagens in general.

Introduced for 2012 and freshened for 2016, this Passat differs from previous generations in that it’s unique to the U.S. market: bigger than the European version, assembled at a U.S. plant (Chattanooga, Tennessee), and attuned to what VW product planners perceive to be American tastes in terms of vehicle dynamics. What that means is suspension components a bit softer than Passats sold elsewhere in the world.

The 2016 Passat updates make it more eye-catching, its infotainment systems have been enhanced, and safety updates strengthen its ratings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But its strong suits continue to be those that made it a leading player in the midsize sedan derby when it made its debut four years ago: exceptionally solid structure, excellent build quality, autobahn genetics, and full-size sedan roominess.

There are two engine options: a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder (170 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque), and VW’s unique narrow angle V6 (VR6, in Volkswagen-speak) with 280 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque. Both engines send power to the front wheels via 6-speed automatic transmissions. The four-cylinder is paired with a conventional torque converter automatic, while the VR6 is paired with Volkswagen’s excellent dual-clutch design, featuring paddle shifters for manual operation.

EPA fuel economy ratings are 25/38 mpg City/Highway for the four-cylinder, 20/28 mpg for the VR6.

At this writing, VW still had not come up with a fix for its 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, the center of an emissions-cheating scandal affecting some half-million cars in the U.S. Thus the Passat TDI option is off the table until further notice.

Passat 1.8T S is exceptionally well appointed for a base model.

Lineup

The 2016 Passat line includes three trim levels, plus an R-Line trim package.

Passat S ($22,440), Passat R-Line ($23,975), Passat SE ($26,280), and Passat SEL ($30,495) come standard with 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $820 destination charge.)

The 3.6-liter VR-6 is available only in the SEL Premium trim ($36,835).

Walkaround

With the exception of the sleek CC sedan and the Beetle revival, Volkswagen has rarely been noted for adventurous designs, and the Passat is consistent with that tradition.

That said, there is much that’s new on the 2016 model. VW has redesigned all the surfaces from the windshield forward: the new four-bar grille is more assertive, the new hood is slightly domed, there’s more bright trim, and the lighting array now includes the option of LED headlights, fog lights, and taillights. Bumpers are also new, front and rear, as is the trunklid, and the redesigned array of wheels includes 16-, 18-, and 19-inch sizes.

This is still a conservative design. But it does have a more upscale presence than the 2015 car.

Also, the conservatism is mitigated by the new R-Line trim, a sporty option in other VW models and a first for the Passat. As noted in the model lineup notes, R-Line cosmetics include revised bumpers, rocker panel extensions, a rear diffuser, black accents, and 19-inch alloy wheels wearing 235/40 tires with a high-speed (186 mph) ZR rating.

Interior

The upscale look continues inside, a quiet, straightforward elegance with upgraded materials, a new dashboard, new instruments, new steering wheel, new trim, a new 6.3-inch center-dash touch-screen that’s home for the second generation of Volkswagen’s MIB infotaintment system as well as the available navigation feature. And, inevitably, connectivity is enhanced, via VW Car-Net with App-Connect, allowing integration with three different smartphone platforms: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link.

VW’s synthetic V-Tex leatherette upholstery has a very upscale feel, similar to the M-B Tex developed by Mercedes, indistinguishable from leather, and at least as durable. The front seats convey a sense of relaxed sportiness, with good lateral support but not too snug. Seat heating is available, front and rear, and as noted the rear compartment is as roomy as many full-size sedans.

That goes for the trunk, too: almost 16 cubic feet.

New safety features include VW’s post-collision braking system (automatically stops the car after initial impact, and standard on all trims); plus a number of available driver assistance programs: forward collision warning; autonomous emergency braking (a feature that NHTSA may soon mandate in all cars); adaptive cruise control; lane departure warning and assist; blind spot monitor; park assist; and rear traffic alert. A rear view camera is standard in all models.

Driving Impressions

It’s true that this made-for-and-in-America Passat is a little softer than its European counterpart, something that’s provoked a bit of disdain by some of the hotshoes at enthusiast magazines.

It’s true that feline responses are an advantage in emergency situations, but not every car has to be a track star; this is a family sedan, after all. Ride quality is supple, and there’s a little more body roll than you’d get in a BMW 3 Series, for example. On the other hand, there’s autobahn development in this car’s heritage, and it’s readily apparent, with the kind of stability required for running at 120 mph.

Of course, you’re not likely to be doing 120 on your daily commute, or carting the kids to school. But stability is as welcome at 60 mph as it is at autobahn speeds. Moreover, while the suspension is tuned toward the comfort side of the ledger, the Passat’s responses in quick maneuvers are prompt, braking performance is stronger than most cars in this class, and interior noise is low at all speeds.

Power from the 1.8-liter turbo is respectable, sufficient for the cut and thrust of daily commuting as well as passing on two-lane highways. If you have a need for speed, the VR6 trims 0-to-60 mph times, albeit at a pretty hefty price.

About the only dynamic element that could use a little work is the electric steering, which is vague and over-assisted below about 50 mph. But that’s a criticism that applies to many contemporary sedans, a trait that drivers adapt to with familiarity.

In the main, the Passat is satisfying to drive, inspiring confidence as the miles accumulate and providing comfort in any run, short or long.

Summary

In terms of style, quality, comfort, dynamics, and value, the 2016 Passat stacks up with the best in a class that’s loaded with very good cars. It’s a pleasure to drive, it’s exceptionally roomy, it has top safety ratings, and there’s that hint of Teutonic genetics in its sinews. Think of it as the automotive equivalent of a terrific German recipe, baked in an American kitchen.

With driving impressions by The Car Connection.

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