Her + His Car Reviews

2016 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SE

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Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate, women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

HER HIS
Price
$29,230 $29,230
Performance
The 2016 Passat is an excellent addition to your line up. With a sporty 1.8 liter turbo 4 cylinder engine and 6 speed automatic, this car handles agily and performs well under different road conditions. Our Passat came with a 1.8 liter turbocharged direct injection four cylinder engine. That is a recipe for sparkling performance with plenty of pickup, and the Passat delivered admirably. In addition this car has razor sharp handling to boot.
Fuel Economy
25 city miles/ 29 highway miles or more! *The diesel model is currently being investigated by the EPA for an emissions regulation compliance issue As for fuel economy, the U.S. government gives the Passat a 25/38/29 mile per gallon rating. it uses 3.4 gallons per 100 miles. You save $1,250 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle. Annual fuel costs are estimate is $1,550 based on $3.00 a gallon gasoline and 15,000 miles of driving annually.
The Car
We quite enjoyed the week's test drive of the new 2016 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SE. With tremendous bells and technology, and of course strong safety ratings, this is an outstanding choice. We already spoke about the outstanding mileage ratings, and this model has increased seating space both in the front and back seats. So, a prime candidate for taller passengers or those wanting a tad more room. A shout-out to the 2016 Passat for still having a spare tire. Seriously. It's there. Does the brand you are thinking of buying have one? Better check under that matt in the trunk to be sure! Speaking of the trunk, this one is ginormous.

While, Volkswagen has taken it on the chin in terms of image, integrate and sales, its reliability and customer satisfaction ratings very strong. Its core products, like the Passat, are reasons why.

That said, two overarching opportunities remain for the Passat. Primo, its in the midsized sedan class so you cannot be in a more competitive space... There are heavy hitters in here and that leads to the second opp. Frankly, the styling and finish of the elements remains - an opportunity I get it, they are trying to hit the middle tier and their product is a great one. It's a tremendous value too. Just adding a bit of sass in a noisy space could impact sales.
This is a truly wonderful family sedan that satisfies both the practical side and the sporty side of driving. It has a huge trunk, lots of interior room, and it's a sparkling road car. But Volkswagen apparently has a tin ear when it comes to appearance. This car has looked the same for several years, and I would be that sooner or later it will affect sales.

But this year, Volkswagen added a few things to shake things up a little bit. First, you will notice that both the front and rear have contemporary, sleek redesigns, thus giving you your first clues that you're looking at a 2016 Passat when you see them on the road. Inside, you'll notice that the interior has been considerably freshened up with some new themes and treatments.

Our Passat 1.8T SE with Technology version had a moon roof gray leather seats that were finished off with quartz piping. Quite lovely.

The instrument panel, meanwhile has been given an even more luxurious yet discreet looking theme. Other additions and changes include a standard MIB II infotainment system that includes USB connectivity, and you can order Volkswagen's VW Car-Net App-Connect that supports smartphone integration with Apple Car Play, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Passat also will offer energy-efficient LED headlights and taillights for the first time, and there are new driver assistance programs that are standard on some models.
Safety
Very attractive Roadside Assistance package... check that out right away. Rearview camera, Side curtain airbags and front airbags for Driver & Passenger, side curtain protection for head impact airbags, Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Stability Control, Intelligence Crash Response System and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Safety features include side curtain airbags, intelligent crash response system, tire pressure monitoring system, anti lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control, and front and side airbag supplemental restraint systems.
Technology
Lots of tech and safety on this model beginning with: Keyless Access with Push Button Start. Rearview camera with upgraded 6.3" touch screen infotainment system*, Adaptive Cruise Control, 6 speaker audio system, Dual zone Climate Control allows for personalization, Blind Spot Monitoring, Bluetooth mobile telephone connect, Power sunroof, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Kick Fender Audio System, Forward Collision Warning, Emergency Brake Assist, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Park Assist. *Infotainment Navigation includes AM/FM/HD/CD Player and USB Port. Sirius Radio included with limited subscription. VW's Car-Net, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, Homelink® Integrated Garage Door Opener. Our Passat 1.8 SE w/technology started with a base price of $28,410. Standard equipment included a 1.8 liter, four cylinder direct injection engine; four wheel independent suspension, rear view camera for parking, front assist with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor with rear FM/HD radio with CD player and USB, Bluetooth Connectivity, Homelink integrated garage door opener, traffic alert, keyless access with push-button start, Discover Media 6.3 in. touchscreen navigation; and VW Car-Net, with features like App-Connected smartphone integration and interface, guidance and information though navigation and infotainment systems, and safety, security and service features like emergency assistance and remote access.
Aesthetics & Styling
'Enuf said above. In a noisy and competitive space, while we love this car, its time to give design a shake up. The room and comfort creatures are terrific. Well.... first the positives... the grille and rear end changes are welcome, and really bring the car up to date. But... larger sedans have gotten sexier and more stylish over the last few years. Examples: Chevy Impala. Toyota Avalon. Nissan Maxima. Ford Fusion. Chevy Malibu. Passat still looks very dated next to any of these. Time for change! Way past time!
Warranty
3 Years/36,000 miles New Vehicle Limited
3 Year/ 36,000 miles 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
5 Years/60,000 miles Powertrain Limited
12 Years/120,0000 miles Corrosion
Warranty coverage includes three years, 36,000 mile new vehicle overall limited warranty and five year, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

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