Volkswagen Passat

#13 in Midsize Cars Overall Score: 8.1 / 10
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2016 Volkswagen Passat Overview

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat ranks 13 out of 18 Midsize Cars.

Automotive writers say the 2016 Volkswagen Passat has powerful engine options and spacious seats, but they find that class rivals offer better infotainment systems.

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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available engine
  • Spacious trunk
  • Abundant rear-seat legroom
  • Infotainment system is complex
  • Navigation system reacts slowly to inputs

Notable for 2016

  • Turbodiesel engine currently unavailable
  • Infotainment system now standard
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink available
  • More available driver assistance features

Volkswagen Passat Rankings and Research

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat ranking is based on its score within the Midsize Cars category. Currently the Volkswagen Passat has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 56 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_0


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2016 Volkswagen Passat Review

By Cody Trotter April 18, 2016

Automotive writers say the 2016 Volkswagen Passat has powerful engine options and spacious seats, but they find that class rivals offer better infotainment systems.

Performance Summary

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat gets good power from its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine and available V6, according to test drivers, but they add that the V6 delivers livelier acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is paired with the four-cylinder engine, and a dual-clutch six-speed automatic is mated to the V6.

The Passat gets an EPA-estimated 25/38 mpg city/highway, which is slightly above average for the class. Reviewers say the Passat delivers a composed ride, and some think it handles well.

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Interior Summary

Automotive writers say the Passat's cabin has an upscale feel despite using a blend of high- and low-end materials. They say the rear seats are especially spacious, and critics appreciate the dashboard’s simple layout. Critics praise the smartphone compatibility of the infotainment system and enjoy the way the touch screen responds to gestures and inputs, though some think the navigation system responds slowly. The Passat offers good cargo space for the class.

Standard features in the Passat include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera and an infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include push-button start, a power sunroof, a Fender premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, emergency brake assist, rear traffic alert, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, park assist and an upgraded infotainment system with a 6.3-inch touch screen, satellite radio, navigation and VW’s Car-Net, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.

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  • "The 2016 Passat is a competent, class-competitive offering that has finally caught up to the class when it comes to technology." -- Left Lane News
  • "Volkswagen hasn't rethought the 2016 Volkswagen Passat as much as it has modernized aging elements of an otherwise-great mainstream car." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "In the past, our primary gripes about the Passat didn't relate to its generous interior volume, its reasonable pricing, or its pleasant and predictable driving experience. Instead, our complaints mainly centered around its lack of technology, which is an issue Volkswagen has clearly remedied with the new model. … No, it isn't the most exciting car in the class, and its humdrum styling certainly won't turn the most heads but if you're looking for a roomy, value-priced family sedan (now with extra technology!), the Passat deserves a spot on your shopping list." -- AutoTrader

Other Cars to Consider

The Mazda6 is fun to drive and handles better than nearly every class rival, according to test drivers. They add that the interior is attractive and features high-end materials. Critics say that the Mazda6's infotainment system is easier to use than the Passat's.

Reviewers praise the Honda Accord for its comfortable ride and responsive continuously variable transmission, which acts like an automatic. They say the interior is stylish and the seats offer plenty of room and support.

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Details: 2016 Volkswagen Passat

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat seats five and comes standard with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. A 3.6-liter V6 is available. A six-speed automatic transmission is mated to the four-cylinder engine, and a dual-clutch automatic is paired with the V6 engine. The Passat is available in five trims: S, R-Line, SE, SEL and SEL Premium. The Passat diesel model is currently unavailable in the U.S. The Passat receives a refresh for the 2016 model year that includes interior and exterior design updates, but it was last redesigned in 2012. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2016 model years.

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