2016 Volkswagen Passat First Drive Review: Can German VW Engineering Still Sell Cars? [Video]

2016 vw passat first drive

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat has undergone a mild refresh and definitely benefits from the attention. The focus of the revamp shows a major facelift, but it also includes some new technology to make it competitive within a busy and crowded segment.

The new exterior bodywork looks a lot more dynamic than the previous model and for the first time, there is R Line package that has a more aggressive appearance. At the front are thinner shaped headlights, stronger looking hood with a power dome, a horizontal bar grille, and front air dam with integrated fog lamps. The R-Line version of the Passat adds a distinctive black-out grille, unique rocker panels, a new rear diffuser, and 19-inch wheels.

Under the hood, two engine options are available: the 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged 4-cylinder and the 3.6-liter V-6. Don’t expect the 2.0-liter turbodiesel to be offered anytime soon.

Price for the 2016 Passat with the 1.8 TSI engine and 6-speed automatic transmission starts at $22,440. The entry-level Passat comes nicely equipped with 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, 5-inch color touchscreen, a rearview camera and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Full pricing details for all 2016 Passat trim levels are HERE.

In this TFL Car first drive review, Roman sets out to experience how good the refreshed 2016 VW Passat is on the road.