2016 Volkswagen Passat Vehicle Review

For the 2016 model year, the Volkswagen Passat received multiple updates that help to make the sedan more comfortable and more fun to drive. In this detailed Volkswagen Passat review, out team at the Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine takes a closer look at some of these features so you can learn more about what this car has to offer.

To get started, let’s look at the new interior of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat.

Volkswagen Passat Interior Design

2016 volkswagen passatThe first thing you’ll notice when getting into the 2016 Volkswagen Passat is its spacious seating for up to five adult passengers. Not only that, but the wide-opening doors make getting in and out of the Volkswagen Passat virtually effortless. Even the 15.9-cubic-foot trunk has been fitted with a wide opening to make loading and unloading cargo easier.

The seats come standard with comfortable cloth upholstery, but the SE trim level offers dynamic styling and durability from the V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces. Both options pair nicely with the updated steering wheel and frameless rearview mirror, giving the Volkswagen Passat a clean, modern aesthetic.

Other interior updates include a redesigned dashboard, a center console, and a sporty instrument cluster to match the performance capabilities of the sedan.

VW Passat Technology Features

An updated MIB II infotainment system brings new functionality to the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, including a standard touchscreen that comes in 5- and 6.3-inch display sizes. Most trim levels include a touchscreen that uses a capacitive touch sensor that works similarly to the screen of your smartphone or tablet. This means you’ll be able to used gestures like pinch-zooming and swiping to navigate the system’s menus.

The display also uses a proximity sensor to detect when your hand is close by. It then automatically converts the display so you can easily select specific items. On top of that, you’ll also get standard USB and Bluetooth® technology so you can connect your compatible devices and enjoy hands-free calling or streaming audio.

For better smartphone integration, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat features Car-Net® App-Connect technology with support for three smartphone platforms: Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink®. These systems bring the power of some of your favorite smartphone apps to the vehicle’s touchscreen display.

Power and Performance for 2016

2016 Volkswagen PassatThe 2016 Volkswagen Passat features two engine choices: a 1.8-liter TSI® turbocharged four cylinder and a 3.6-liter VR6®. The four-cylinder engine produces 170 horsepower with 184 lb-ft of torque. To further boost fuel economy, this turbocharged engine uses aerodynamic underbody components to reduce drag and a MOSFET rectifier in the alternator that minimizes power loss. This engine comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, the 3.6-liter VR6® engine generates 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s also now compatible with regular gasoline, although for optimal performance, premium fuel is recommended. The transmission system you’ll find mated to the VR6® engine is a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. This comes with steering wheel–mounted paddle shifters for quick and controlled gear shifting.

Explore the 2016 Volkswagen Passat

In this vehicle review of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, you’ve learned about the newly updated interior features, standard touchscreen infotainment system, and two powerful engine options of this reimagined sedan. If you want to learn more, contact us at the Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine and schedule a test drive today.