The Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal continues, but you know what they say, the show must go on. This week, the automaker is pricing its recently unveiled 2016 Passat and, good news, it costs the same as its predecessor when equipped with six-speed automatic transmission. VW says you actually get more for your money, too, saying the updated model is a value increase of $1,315. (For obvious reasons, no TDI model is mentioned in the VW press release.)
“The 2016 Passat builds upon the solid foundation laid by its predecessor and offers more aggressive styling, a more premium interior, and a host of newly available driver assistance, connectivity, and convenience features. We are pleased to announce that our customers will get all these new features and standard equipment for the same price level as the previous model,” says Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
The base 1.8T S trim starts at $22,440 and comes standard with six-speed automatic transmission, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a rearview camera, and Automatic Post-Collision Braking. It packs a 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged direct-injection four cylinder engine.
For the first time in the U.S., the Passat is offering the sportier R-Line package. It starts at $23,975 and includes black accents, 19-inch anthracite Salvador aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 ZR rated tires, and a custom front bumper. There is a Comfort Package available for $775 that includes leatherette seating, heated front seats, and heated exterior mirrors.
The SE trim starts at $26,280 and includes 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Car-Net App-Connect. There is also an SE w/Technology option that starts at $28,410 and adds Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert with braking, Keyless entry with push-button start, Easy Open hands-free trunk, navigation, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The top trims are the SEL, SEL Premium, and flagship V6 SEL Premium, which start at $30,495, $34,270, and $36,835 respectively. The SEL includes 18-inch wheels, the Fender Premium Audio system, and leather seating. The Premium adds the LED Lighting Package, remote start, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Monitor, Park Distance Control, and Parking Steering Assistant. Finally, the top V6 model replaces the 1.8-liter engine with a 3.6-liter VR6 engine that gets 280 horsepower with DSG automatic transmission and paddle shifters.
All models offer a Lighting Package that adds LED lighting for the first time ever on a VW sedan with LED headlights, Daytime Running Lights, and taillights. Depending on the trim, the package cost between $1,095 and $1,245.
The 2016 Passat will be available soon.