It is arguable that VW is popularly known and loved for its stylish hatchbacks such as the mighty Golf and it’s younger sibling which is the Polo, isn’t it? Well we can’t say that is the case anymore as the Jetta and Passat have only been getting better over the years and have also been quite profitable for the automaker. The previous generation Passat was so impressive that there are those who think that the Volkswagen Passat is the best car that VW has ever made. Well, they’ll probably be pleased to hear that VW is throwing us a new Passat for 2016!
The 2016 model is not an entirely new car, it is rather a facelift of the previous Passat. In fact, those who are less attentive to detail will struggle to separate it from the old one but that may only happen at first glance, of course. The longer you look at the car is the more you’ll realize that it is completely new from the A-pillar forward, it features a brand new bonnet, new headlights and also has what appears to be a raised part of the bonnet compared to its predecessor. What’s even better is the fact that while we’ll still be stoked by Passat’s upgrade, VW will be dropping a meaner-looking R-Line early next year. Will we ever be given a chance to catch our breaths?
The 2016 VW Passat is not just replacing the old Passat, it is also attempting to move a bit up-market. While LED head and taillights are an option, there are chrome accents which come as standard in all trim levels. The cabin is given new seat materials, two-piece door trims, a stunning frameless rear-view mirror, and a steering wheel that is borrowed from the Golf. There’s also VW’s brand new MIB II infotainment system with a host of app features. From this, we can deduct that anyone who’s going to get their hands on the new Passat will best enjoy their lives inside their cars.
VW was also quite generous with the new Passat offering a range of electronics such as a Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and automated systems for both parallel and traditional parking. As unbelievable as it may sound for a car in this price range, all these electronics come as standard on all trim levels. Wow!
I haven’t driven this amazing new car. But the 1.8T Passat is rumoured to be brilliant behind the wheel as well. The steering is said to be appropriately weighted, the suspension is compliant, and the engine note is said to be quite decent.
While the new Passat will continue to astonish those who are already in love with the old one, I am quite confident that this car will steal the hearts of those who have been looking at its rivals.