2016 Volkswagen Passat – First Look and Review

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Another useful feature, one I have grown to expect as standard on new models, is the Blind Spot Monitor. The Passat’s was no different, and worked perfectly.

Yet another very useful feature is the Passat’s Parking Steering Assistant. I have heard the phrase “I’m a good driver, but I’m not any good at parallel parking,” more times that I can count, and this feature may ensure that the phrase dies out for good.

Once activated (press the button once for parallel parking and twice for perpendicular), Park Assist will steer and back the vehicle into a parking space. Drivers need only to control the accelerator and brake.

Once in northeast Vermont, I tested this feature, and it performed successfully when I backed into a parking space on top of a hill.

Other safety features include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, and although (thankfully) I did not have a chance to experience these, the car comes fully equipped with them, and they have become standard on all 2016 Volkswagen models.

BOTTOM LINE

The 2016 Passat may very well be just what Volkswagen needs in the months following what is surely the most infamous scandal in automotive history. The events of Dieselgate may have severely damaged the German automaker’s reputation, but the 2016 Passat could help get it back on track.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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