The 2016 Passat lineup features two engine options: the 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged or 1.8T designate and the direct-injection four cylinder or a powerful 3.6-liter VR6. The 1.8-liter engine offers 170 horsepower and a stout 249 Nm (184 pound-feet) of torque.
Carrying the second-generation MIB II (Modular Infotainment Platform) tag, the standard equipment for the Passat include Car-Net system, touchscreen with capacitive touch and proximity sensor and allows USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Volkswagen also offers new safety features in the 2016 Passat, which comprise Post-Collision Braking System, and depending on trim level the car is equipped with a combination or several advanced driver assistance systems: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Active Blind Spot Monitor with corrective steering; Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist); and reverse camera, standard for all Passats.
The 1.8T S base version comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and has a high level of standard equipment, including 16-inch wheels; dual-zone climate control; MIB II Composition Color touchscreen infotainment system with 5-inch color display; and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. For an additional USD1,245, the car receives LED headlights with LED DRLs, LED taillights and front foglights.
Moving up to the R-Line trim, the Passat gets V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, power driver seat, heatable front seats with seat-back map pockets, heatable exterior mirrors, and heated washer nozzles, with an additional USD775. Add up to USD1,095, the Passat R-Line rocks up LED headlights with LED DRLs and LED taillights. The notable exterior additions to the R-Line are the unique rocker panels, a stylized front bumper with contrasting black accents and modified rear diffuser, along with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, shod with 235/40 all-season tyres.
The Passat SE trim standard and with Technology package get these goodies: 17-inch wheels; tilt-and-slide power sunroof; SiriusXM Satellite Radio; second USB port; MIB II Composition Media with 6.3-inch color display, voice control, VW Car-Net App-Connect; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; power driver seat; and heatable front seats, as well as LED headlights with LED DRLs, foglights and LED rearlights for another USD1,245. Features reserved for the Passat SE with Technology trim consist of the Blind Spot Monitor; Rear Traffic Alert with braking; KESSY® keyless entry with push-button start; Easy Open hands-free trunk; MIB II Discover Media navigation system; frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror; rain-sensing wipers; stainless steel door sills; and heatable rear seats. For a further USD1,095, the lightning package is included.
The Passat 1.8T SEL, higher than the SE trims, adds 18-inch wheels, Fender Premium Audio system, stainless steel pedal caps, Vienna leather seating surfaces, rear-seat pass-through, and power front seats with power lumbar and memory settings for driver’s side; plus the lighting package for an additional cost.
At the top of the 1.8T range, the SEL Premium has standard LED headlights with LED DRLs and LED taillights, remote start, and even more driver assistance features such as, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) with active steering; Active Blind Spot Monitor; front and rear Park Distance Control (Park Pilot) and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).
The flagship version in the 2016 Volkswagen Passat lineup is the V6 SEL Premium, which features the 3.6-liter VR6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft of torque). The engine is paired with a six-speed DSG automatic transmission, and some of the standard features included are: paddle shifters, dual trapezoidal chrome exhaust tips, Hill Hold Control and more.