2016 Volkswagen Passat – First Look and Review

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The MIB II is also outfitted with Volkswagen’s Car-Net system, which includes App-Connect technology that allows easy integration with the three major smartphone platforms, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. Apple CarPlay connected seamlessly to my iPhone 6, and I had some pleasant music for the drive.


On a grey and overcast morning in Stowe, Vermont, we put the Passat through its paces by driving out of town and on to the highway, which required coping with some sharp twists and turns, a good way to evaluate the car’s steering.

The vehicle boasts a nimble.4-foot turning radius, and although none of the curves I had to negotiate were quite that tight, the car handled them with ease going at average speeds.

Once on the highway I began my journey to the Northeast Kingdom, the local name for the northeastern corner of the state. The mountains and rolling hills were all covered with trees in vibrant colors, making for a very relaxing and lovely drive through the heart of Vermont.

On the highway is where I was able to experience the goody bag of driver assistance technologies that come with the 2016 Passat. One of the more helpful ones was the Adaptive Cruise Control.

Adaptive Cruise Control allows the driver to set the speed as well as a desired distance from the vehicle in front and, using the car’s forward facing radar, the system will maintain the two. The system will do this down to 12 mph (19 km/h) and with no car ahead, the Adaptive Cruise Control will maintain the set speed.

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.

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