2016 VW Passat: Impressive and Affordable Style and Luxury

Pictured: the cushy interior of the 2016 VW Passat

Drives as good as it looks

Each time we drive the new VW Anything, we’re reminded how much we like their products, their current legal problems not withstanding. When the 2016 Passat 1.4 TS became available, we knew a pretty stylish ride was in the offing

This sedan is favorably compared to the Honda Accord, or the Toyota Avalon, or any number of foreign sedans, but this is none of those. Anyone can drive a Toyota, as great as they are. Same for the Honda, but the Passat offers a different kind of design and styling. Just different enough to be noticeably different.

The interior is cushy, ergonomic and practical, and the  bountiful navigation/sound system is considerably easier to manage than we remember from just a few years back.

Though the 2016 Volkswagen Passat 1 we drove was not perched at the very top of their model line, there is so much to like and appreciate from the ride to the roominess.

And so is the price. The MSRP is $22,440 plus $820 destination. That’s about half of the $37,655 (including destination) list price for the Passat SEL Premium.

Standard on the Passat are 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, multifunction steering wheel, automatic shut-off headlights, 5-inch multifunction driver display, Bluetooth and USB port, rearview camera, cloth seats, lumbar function in the manually controlled driver’s seat, and VW’s “post-collision” braking system.

You can certainly order up from a pretty wide range of VW trim options from the S level to the SEL Premium, but driving any new Passat is frankly, almost exciting, such is their attention to detail, along with the idea that you don’t, really don’t, look like everything else out there on the road.

MSRP: From $22,440
MPG: Up to 25 city / 38 highway
Horsepower: 170 to 280 hp
Dimensions: 192″ L x 72″ W x 59″ H
Curb weight: 3,263 to 3,571 lbs
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