2016 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI DSG Automatic Review – A Nice Change of Pace



When looking for a full-sized sedan your choices are limited to among the popular brands, enter the 2016 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI DSG in business edition trim and prepare to be treated with European class. While the VW may be more expensive than the Japanese competition it’s more than made up for with refinement, quality, and even fuel efficiency.

2016 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI DSG Automatic Review - A Nice Change of Pace

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI DSG is Subtle but Sophisticated

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI DSG has simple and clean lines all over the body, up front you’ll find no aggressive or sporty design cues, just a simple front fascia where a strip of chrome blends the upper outline of the grille with the headlights. Off to the sides, the clean look is very apparent with no line-disrupting fender flares or indents on the door panels for added contours. A simple chrome strip just runs around the car extending from the front bumper, creating a chrome garnish on the bottom of the door panels all the way to the rear, and together with the chrome window trim, defines the dimensions and silhouette of this Passat; nice and clean. Under the hood the heart of a Golf GTI; the Passat is powered by the same 2.0-Liter turbocharged four cylinder found on the Golf GTI with the same six-speed DSG transmission albeit tuned for refined driving than turning the sedan into a hot hatch.

On the inside of the 2016 Passat 2.0, the simple exterior is reflected on the interior, Brushed aluminium trim spans the length of the dashboard and doors. With the design of the air vents also stretching across the dash this makes the Passat’s cabin look very modern—business-like even. An analog clock is a nice touch, considering all the push-button this and that in here.

Driving the 2016 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI DSG, it’s tuned to be a refined sedan so VW made sure the steering is light, but with pinpoint German precision, the ride quality is nice and firm with a bit of tangible feedback so it’s not entirely numb as if riding on air. Unlike the competition with their V6’s, the Passat and the 2-Liter turbo along with the DSG is a nice combo with precise throttle response and quick gear shifts giving an enjoyable ride. Another good thing is that unlike gas guzzling V6’s, the turbo four on the Passat sips through gas at 7-8km/L.


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2016 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI DSG Automatic Review – A Nice Change of Pace
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