2016 VW Passat Review

Volkswagen’s once-expensive Passat has got a major makeover. The North American model based on an older platform in 2016 looks much like its European cousin, because the changes are really understated. Those differences can be noted probably only by VW experts, for example, the new bumpers on the front and back, and the redesigned headlights and taillights. However, the price of Passat remains competitive with that of Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion.

While before this makeover, xenon HD headlights were not available, optional LED headlights are now offered by VW. These lights look innovative and do their job of illumination beautifully. The top of the lights and grille assembly is silver-colored plastic.

For those who would like to spice up the looks of Passat have options for the new R-Line trim, featuring a more aggressive front and back bumpers with gloss black accents, 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and exclusive rocker panels. The looks of the R-Line shows that VW wants to instill additional sportiness in what has perhaps been an ordinary-looking sedan.

Even the front hood of Passat has a “power bulge”, but maybe to your disappointment, it’s not a hint to more powerful engines. The two characteristic gasoline engines (a 4 and a 6) will continue in Passat while the 150-hp 2.0L TDI is at present at a hold as the EPA reassesses the market value of its engine software.

The entry-level turbocharged 1.8L four is rated at 170 hp and brings a standard 6-speed transmission.


Passat is extremely swift and certainly a tough competition for the entry-level non-turbocharged engines of the competitors when it’s about overall upgrades, fuel consumption and fun of driving.

The topnotch engine, 3.6L narrow-angle V-6 makes up only a small percentage of sales, but it’s a super competent motor. It changes to 60mph within just 6 seconds with an aggressive throttle response and a smooth soundtrack.

Unlike Fusion, Camry, Accord and Sonata, which are all hybrid variations, Passat won’t come with any type of gasoline-electric powertrain.

Passat sports a significantly competent suspension which is comfortable on poor surfaces, along with being surprisingly capable on spirited drives. With accurate steering, superbly compliant handling and fast turn-in, it is one of the sportiest features in this segment.

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