Volkswagen has been known to build sensible family cars and the Passat is probably the definition of what a mid-sized family sedan segment is about. It’s a no-nonsense and family friendly vehicle that is easy on the wallet and defines and family man’s smart investment.
2016 VW Passat Review
For 2016, the Passat gets sharper lines in the front and back while retaining the same design theme of the previous year. It is essentially a face lift and the extra use of chrome on the window surrounds, bumpers and door trims adds a touch of premium-ness in this sensible segment. The changes are more pronounced in the interior of the Passat, this is where more time is spent, and Volkswagen understands that the needs of a family lies in the utilities and functions provided that are used on a daily basis.
The 2016 Passat showcases an extensively upgraded interior for a more sophisticated look and feel including a new steering wheel and two-tone décor panels, as well as refined chrome and piano black trim. The Passat’s interior comes loaded with technology amenities; highlights include the second-generation in-car infotainment system, also known as MIB II by Volkswagen.
The system features touchscreens as standard equipment on all models. On most models, the display utilizes a capacitive touch sensor (similar to smartphone and tablet technology) enabling gesture controls like swiping and pinch-zooming rather than the resistive touchscreens that require pressure and have slightly longer response times. The infotainment units also feature a proximity sensor, which detects when a hand is nearby and automatically switches its display to allow easier selection of specific features. USB and Bluetooth® connectivity are standard on all 2016 Passat models.
Featuring the three major smartphone integration platforms—Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®, the in-car infotainment system allows seamless integration with the vast majority of smartphones available today.
But truly the IT factor of the Passat lies at what it does behind the scene and that’s the safety of it precious cargo. The 2016 Passat offers a combination of new safety and driver assistance systems. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, standard on all 2016 Passat models and builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact— which can cause additional collisions. The system helps address this by applying the brakes after a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping to reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, reduce the chance of additional damage.
For the UAE, the Passat comes in 4 trim levels (S, SE, SEL and Sport) and with a base price starting at AED 87,800 and a service package of 3 years or 45,000 kms, the Passat is a solution for stress free investment. A smart choice for the smart family.
2016 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
|Displacement||2.5L MPI five-cylinder engine|
|Rated Output||170 hp|
|Transmission||6 Speed Auto Tiptronic|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||9 s|
|Price (AED)||Starts at AED 87,800|