2016 Volkswagen Passat at first glance do not look new but provide glimpse of 2012 sedan, with something new in form of four bar grille, windshield and all of sheetmetal, bumpers are redesigned, LED headlamps, fog lamps, taillamps and trunklid. Interior comes with new control panel and center stack, infotainment system and connectivity features. MIB system is standard, optional as Car Net App Connect for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB port.
Driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control with automated emergency braking, self parking. Exterior changes enhances look, with same chassis as in early versions. 2016 Volkswagen Passat comes up with two engine options, 3.6 liter VR6 as standard and 1.8 liter turbo four cylinder, both paired with six speed automated transmission. V-6 comes with dual clutch while turbo four is having traditional torque converter. 1.8 liter turbo is able to produce 170 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm which is more than enough for starting well. Consumes 7.6 seconds from standstill to 60 mph. If looking for more acceleration opt for V-6 producing 280 hp available for trims which is to cost $6340 more with lesser EPA of 20/28 mpg city/highway while 1.8 provides EPA 25/38 mpg city/highway rating. V-6 with Continental ProContact TX-it tires requires 181 feet to stop form 70 mph, which is long for this segment. Brake pedal lacks firmness and fading occasionally. Stability control system in Passat do not come with switch off facility.
Ride remains smooth overall at any speed. More up and down motion experienced on bumpy roads. Body cornering seems hard during cornering. Electrically assisted steering inputs response takes little more time and seems uncertain over 60 mph
Passat has better interior volume and rear seat legroom is good enough with large trunk space. Adding more to pockets you can have a power sunroof, premium Fender audio, Car-Net navigation, heated leather seats, 18 inch wheels, LED packages, heated side mirrors.
With decent fuel economy, quiet cabin, quiet ride and safety features Passat is like to remain provide better competition but U.S. is not going to have four wheel drive system, if you're looking for sports sedan better to look at Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima.