The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is the latest entry of cars that has received a major overhaul from the manufacturer.
It sports an all-new design, yet stays true to the tradition the brand has built up over the years.
Everything, including the front, fenders, hood and the rear bumpers in the new Passat looks new. It doesn’t share any similarities with the outgoing model which may make it easier for the car to attract new buyers who have never owned a Passat in the past. Buyers can choose to upgrade the basic model with LED headlights, taillights and rocker panels with the R-line trim if they choose to.
Compared to the previous model, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat is a beast on the inside. The vehicle uses the MIB II infotainment system which packs a punch. Powered by two different touch screens, the system makes it easy for the driver to control the temperature, music system, choose driving modes among other activities. While this is an optional addition, it is given that most customers will go for integrated touchscreen panels so as to experience the exquisiteness the Passat has to offer.
VW confirmed that majority of the models will add a capacitive touchscreen as resistive variants are so outdated in a world filled with tablets and smartphones. The car’s infotainment system is compatible with all major services including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and works with Mirror Link as well.
The safety features integrated in the 2016 Volkswagen Passat include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic post collision braking, blind spot monitor and lane departure warning. The vehicle has a parking steering assist which is a handy little tool for anyone who needs assistance in parking their car in a tight spot. The safety features will be available based on the trim level that the buyers choose.
There will be three different engine choices with the 2016 Passat. Buyers can choose to go for the cheapest, basic model with a 1.8 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, while the 3.6 liter VR6 is the right fit for those who need a power packed performance. The basic model is expected to cost $22,400, excluding delivery charges. Pricing for the other models is yet to be officially revealed. However, based on the pricing of the basic variant, it is evident that there may not be any drastic changes in cost.
With new looks and an affordable price tag, the new Passat is expected to make decent sales in the market despite tough competition.