2016 Volkswagen Passat V6 Review – German Engineered, Tuned for America



Some buyers may be looking for a family sedan and the US has no Autobahn for a really fast car to spread its wings; the result, an American version of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat V6 which is larger and softer than what it used to be. The Volkswagen Passat has been in the US for many years since the 1970’s bearing many names such as the Dasher, to the Quantum, and the Passat as it’s called today. One characteristic about the Passat is that all throughout its many generations, it was very “German” in the sense that it was a sporty, fast, responsive, and saferide that has the famous Autobahn in mind. Sporty cars tend to be stiff in ride quality in exchange for road feedback.

2016 Volkswagen Passat V6 Review - German Engineered, Tuned for America

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat V6 is a Matured Teen Racer

On the outside of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat V6, the front grille looks assertive while keeping the attention-seeking chrome at bay. New tech upgrades such as all LED illumination is present, the bumpers, trunk lid, and hood, are all new as well as minor bright work being added to keep things classy. Under the hood is a classic engine from the 90’s; the VR6 which is a V6 engine with a narrow angle between the banks to achieve a compact form factor. The VR6 is a 3.6 Liter bore and puts out 280hp at 2000rpm and 258lb-ft at 2500rpm and is finished off with a 6-speed dual clutch automatic on a front-wheel drive layout.

The interior of the 2016 Passat V6 is refreshed with simulated wood trim, pleasant leather, and an upgraded infotainment center. The Passat has all the marks for a great family sedan as it has the safety, comfort, and dynamics. The interior is roomy even in the back seats. Safety ratings are top notch and a bit of German engineering here and there that the driver can still feel despite being tuned for American roads.

The American 2016 Volkswagen Passat V6 is softer and heavier than its European sibling, the American Passat is a family sedan and in this regard, this is where it shines. Despite losing the sportiness, the Passat can do quick manoeuvres, excellent braking performance free from fade, and the dual clutch is refined that it feels like a standard automatic. One bad thing about the Passat is the old VR6 is that it’s not a very fuel efficient engine and for a family sedan, that makes an impact in practicality.


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2016 Volkswagen Passat V6 Review – German Engineered, Tuned for America
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