2016 Volkswagen Passat – First Look and Review

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The car is wider than previous models, with the front punctuated by a more substantial four-bar grille. The vehicle is 72.2” wide, 191.9” long, and rides on 17-inch Knoxville aluminum-alloy wheels.

In the rear, the taillights appear lower than on previous models, with a new chrome strip detail connecting the lights across the trunk lid. There is also a European-style flush license plate area, enhancing the car’s German feel.


Volkswagen says that the new Passat is designed specifically for the U.S. market.

The driver’s seat adjusts eight ways (including lumbar support). Additionally, the SE model features perforated V-Tex leatherette covered seats, which were exceptionally comfortable for lengthy periods on the road.

The 2016 Passat sports a new dashboard and center console with the top of the dashboard featuring elegant.

Volkswagen says that the instrument cluster is similar to the current Golf’s, with a display screen situated between two dials.

The Passat is outfitted with Volkswagen’s new infotainment system, the MIB II. The system is available with either a 5” or 6.3” display, and, as has been the case for years, touchscreen functionality is standard.

The touch sensor allows for controls such as swiping and pinch-zooming, similar to smartphones and tablets. The proximity sensor, which detects when a user’s hand is close to the system, automatically switches the display to better show a selection of desired features.

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