Growing Up with the Volkswagen Passat
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 8/12/2016, 1:57 p.m.
Volkswagen was a brand I first took notice of in high school. I remember begging my mother for a Cabriolet. As I transitioned fro high school to college, my interest shifted to the Jetta. Although I never got own either vehicle, I was proud to test drive their more grown up counterpart in the form of the Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SE.
Four wheels and a frame can be turned into something that is stale or into something that’s stunning. The Passat is the latter, especially my test vehicle that was a captivating reflex silver metallic. It sparkled in my driveway as the sun kissed it in all the right places to showcase its 17-inch alloy wheels, curves and chrome details. Exterior updates are subtle on the 2016 Passat. Slight changes can be seen to head and taillights to add an additional layer of safety when driving. The Passat received a 5-star safety rating from NHTSA.
Although I was in love with the Passat’s outward appeal, it took a little more time for the love to transfer to the interior. However, by the end of day two with the Passat, I was in love. My review was equipped with dual climate control, 6-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB port, auxiliary audio jack., 6.3” touchscreen, Bluetooth technology, power locks, and Sirus XM radio.
I have a habit of sitting in every seat in vehicles I review just to test out the leg and headroom. The Passat has one of the largest backseats I have seen in a midsize sedan. In fact, manufacturers have gone so far to describe it as limo-size. Split-folding rear bench seat are available in the backseat. However, the front seats are what really get the love. Driver and passenger can enjoy heated seats and lumbar support.
Changes in the Passat for 2016 don’t really deal with the physical appearance but revolve around safety and technology. New available safety features include a lane departure warning system – to alert the driver if they drift into another lane, a blind-spot monitor – to alert driver when another vehicle is in the driver’s blind spot and frontal collision warning with automatic braking – to alert the driver when they are too close to the vehicle in front of them and then stop the car. Plus, a rearview camera is now a standard feature. On the technology front, there is more connectivity for devices and the Car-Net app allows apps on your compatible smartphone to be operable on the screen of the Passat.
The new safety features make the Passat that more comfortable to drive because the driver can focus more on the joy of the ride. Unlike my personal vehicle’s noisy cabin, the cabin of the Passat is exceptionally quiet when the vehicle is in motion. The 1.8 TSI turbo 4-cyclinder engine with 4-wheel suspension has fuel economy estimates of 25 mpg city and 38 mpg highway for a combined total of 29 mpg. Since my review model was the SE trim level I had the pleasure of having the comfort package with adaptive cruise control and a collision mitigation system with automating braking, among other things. Handling the Passat behind the wheel was easy going. I found no difficulty in parking in small space, whipping in and out of traffic or bumps in the road. It was a smooth ride.
The Volkswagen Passat comes in five trim levels with a base price of $26,280.00 so there is sure to be one to fit the needs of any family. Find out more information online at www.vw.com.