2016 Volkswagen Passat

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Volkswagen Passat highlights

Customer rating


  • Refined ride
  • Roomy cabin
  • Balanced performance from all engine options


  • Infotainment screen is smaller than most competitors
  • Sluggish transmission that impacts performance
  • No diesel option

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 28 highway, 23 combined

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All Volkswagen Passat years

What is new for the 2016 Volkswagen Passat?

  • The Passat is available in a variety of new trims, including the R-Line and SEL.
  • The Limited Edition, Sport, TDI SE, TDI SEL Premium, and Wolfsburg Edition trims have been discontinued for 2016.
  • Passat trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control, Automated Parking, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Parking Sensors, and Rear Seat Heaters as standard equipment this year.
  • The S trim now comes with Rear View Camera and Alloy Wheels as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Navigation System and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Volkswagen Passat

1. Refine your commute

You can upgrade your daily drive by switching to a 2016 Volkswagen Passat. Excellent attention to detail and carefully tuned suspension give you a refined driving experience that makes even longer commutes comfortable. Good sound isolation and laser-welded seams keep outside noises at a minimum, too. The 2016 Volkswagen Passat will provide a moment of quiet while on the road whether that's going to the office or going home.

2. Versatile engine options

Subdued or exciting, whatever your driving style, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat's two engine choices fit the bill. The base 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine is no slouch, offering plenty of power for daily driving around town and some brisk highway driving. Or, if you want to pack a punch, look for a 2016 Volkswagen Passat with a 280-hp V6 engine. The V6 adds some spice to the routine, paired with a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission. And, with an EPA-estimated 28 mpg highway and 20 mpg city, you won't need to stop often to refuel.

3. Space for the whole crew

Thanks to a generous passenger cabin, wide rear seats, and 15.9 cu-ft of trunk space, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat has room to spare. Take up to five passengers along for the ride, who will enjoy their heated rear seats in V6 models, or make use of the 60/40 split-folding rear seat to carry longer items such as skis. There's still enough space with part of the seat folded down to bring one or two passengers, making the Passat nicely versatile.

4. Technology for every drive

Loaded with plenty of standard features, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat includes the driver assists you're looking for to take some of the strain out of your daily drives. A 2016 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L has essentials like a rearview camera. Still, the base Passat has an available suite of aids such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and lane departure warning. The Passat V6 model adds all that technology as standard, plus rear traffic alert, parking assists, and much more.

5. Creature comforts on the go

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat offers many of the comforts you might enjoy at home while on the road. A 2016 Volkswagen Passat V6 offers natural wood trim, heated seats, lumbar controls, and automatic climate control. Turn up the volume on your favorite music with the standard Fender® premium audio system, Bluetooth® streaming, or via a USB connection. A power sunroof (V6 trim, 1.8L optional) is the ideal skylight, opening the interior to the outdoors.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is a great car for its value. Customers like the gas mileage, power, and room.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Passat an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volkswagen Passat 20th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Volkswagen Passat features and specs

S 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Satellite Radio Ready

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.4"/R 39.1"

Head room

F 38.3"/R 37.8"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

100/1000 lbs.



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