Some say new is always better, and while we don’t have any way to prove this, it is certainly true when looking at the 2016 Volkswagen Passat in Middletown NY. The model retains everything that made it popular in previous years, while earning a few major updates to keep it modern in a constantly changing industry. Most notable is the new domed hood, which has a striking appearance thanks to the new lines running down its length. This pairs nicely with the slimmer headlights for a more dynamic appearance.
Changes to the Passat’s style continue at the rear, where it gets a new rear bumper and trunk lid to give it an overall fresh side profile. Chrome trim around the windows and along the side skirts complete the look of the exterior. Inside, the gauge cluster has been changed to be easier to read, resembling the one found in the Golf. The dashboard is now more sculpted for an attractive style that gives it a higher-end feel, while the two-tone look of the side panels complete this feeling of elegance and sophistication.
Always an attractive and sophisticate model, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat is even more stylish with a new hood, slimmer headlights and a thicker four-bar grille. The interior has also been improved thanks to the new two-tone décor panels, sharper contours for the dashboard and a new center console.
The 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine remains the standard option for the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, delivering 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport modes also provides more control for the driver.
The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is one of the few options within the lineup that is available with cloth, V-Tex leatherette and leather upholstery, depending on trim level. It also comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control to keep both the driver and front passenger comfortable and happy.
While a fresh look is enough to catch the eye of drivers in the Middletown NY area, its design isn’t the only thing that makes the 2016 Volkswagen Passat appealing. There are a variety of new available features, most notably the LED headlights and array of driver assistance features, but the Passat also gains the new MIB II infotainment system. The base trim level gets a 5-inch pressure-sensitive resistive touchscreen, while higher trims receive a 6.3-inch capacitive touchscreen with App-Connect features.
Other standard features include a rearview camera, USB port, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights with the coming/leaving home feature, Bluetooth with audio and a multi-function steering wheel. The 2016 Volkswagen Passat also adds on an R-Line trim level for the first time, and there’s an available V6 engine for those who desire more power in their midsize sedan. Of course, the best way to find out if the Passat is right for you is to stop by Compass Volkswagen, serving the Middletown, Goshen, Monroe, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Montgomery and Blooming Grove areas. We look forward to seeing you.