The current generation of Passat has been relatively successful but it’s impossible to keep pace with Japanese rivals and the Ford Focus. Due to a neglected exterior and interior design, the Passat doesn’t evolve and cannot show all its potential. A new generation and a refreshment are mandatory as soon as possible.
Anyways, if the aesthetic is not that important for you, you are lucky, because this car has tons of positive things to offer. This German car maker has several aces under his sleeves amongst which are the incredible scores in safety test, the excellent materials and ride quality. The Passat claims to be one of the safest sedans in the market.
Also, the powerful and fuel-efficient engines give plenty of power while saving valuable fuel. The ride quality is fantastic; it is refined and responsive, giving a comfortable and entertaining ride during any circumstance.
We need to say that the Passat is not ugly. It’s more about a conservative and boring design. So, unfortunately and unlike its rivals, the Passat doesn’t count with an intrepid and aggressive stance.
Let’s review this Teutonic car.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2016 Passat is untouched in mechanical aspects, which mean that engines remain the same. A 1.8 L turbocharged four-cylinder feeds the standard Passat, producing 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency is quite good but not the best in its segment. Estimates are 25 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Such fuel efficiency is complemented with a good acceleration, going from standstill to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds.
The fastest engine is only available on the SEL Premium trim level. It is a 3.6 L V6 producing 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency decreased to 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The acceleration is something remarkable, going from standstill to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds.
The four-cylinder is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and the V6 is paired with a six-speed automated manual (DSG) while all the power is sent to the front wheels on all trims.
The current generation of the Passat features an exciting ride with one of the best steering system in its class. The suspension is tough for good control without affecting the comfortableness of the ride and making a quiet and refined cabin.
Interior and Exterior Design
The Passat has a boring styling. It doesn’t emanate any sporty sensation, something we all love in Up and Coming Cars. It looks old and without emotions, which is something urgent to improve in future releases. Nevertheless, the European version of the Passat thrives with a more attractive and sexy design.
From inside, you can find a really roomy cabin, both front and back seats, being one of the highlights in this car. The seats are incredibly comfortable and the impressive 15.9 cubic feet of cargo will make you feel like a king.
A remarkable feature of the Passat is the excellent quality in terms of materials, the best of its class. Everything is wrapped with upscale materials and unlike others rivals, the gauges and controls are easy to use and truly user-friendly. A Premium Fender audio system is installed on this car for people who demands really good sound quality. The important changes came in the center dash with the implementation the new Volkswagen’s infotainment and the highly anticipated integration of USB ports.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Passat is aimed for people who are concerned too much about safety. This Teutonic car is also a great opportunity to fuse safety, performance and ride quality. The incredible cargo space allows you to carry any kind of luggage and the room available in the back row lets two adults feel really comfortable. If those points are the traits you are looking for, we recommend you to buy it.
Starting price at US$22,440.