Pricing for the redesigned 2016 VW Passat has been released.
For a base model Passat, you’ll have to drop $22,440 excluding destination charges, the exact same base price as the outgoing 2015 model. According to VW, this represents a $1,315 value over the old car.
Under the hood of the base Passat is a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque which is estimated to achieve 38 mpg on the highway. Upgraded models get power from a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Standard equipment on the Passat includes 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a 5-inch color display touchscreen, CD player, Bluetooth, a backup camera and automatic post-collision braking. Upgraded lighting, which includes LED headlights and taillights, LED daytime running lights and front foglights is available for $1,245.
For the sportier R-Line model, customers will have to spend at least $23,975. This brings along unique style thanks to new bumpers, revised rocker panes, a rear diffuswed and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. For more interior amenities, the R-Line Comfort Package can be added for $775, bringing along heated washer nozzles, leatherette seats, a power driver’s seat and heated front seats.
Moving up, the Passat SE will cost $26,280 and includes 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a 6.3-inch touchscreen with voice control, VW Car-Net app systems, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. For the SE w/Technology, customers will be asked to lay down $28,410, which nets a blind spot monitoring system, rear traffic alert, keyless entry and push-button start, stainless steel door sills, heatable rear seats, auto-dimming rear view mirrors and the MIB II media system with navigation.
At the top of the 1.8T range is the SEL Premium, selling for $34,270. It comes with LED lights, lane departure warning, active blind spot monitoring, rear park distance control and parking steering assistant.
At the very top end of things it the V6 SEL Premium, which will sell for $36,835, which has all of the features of the 1.8T SEL Premium, plus hill hold control, dual chrome exhaust tips and paddle shifters.
Though a TDI Diesel engine is supposed to be part of the lineup, the EPA has not granted Volkswagen permission to sell its 2016 diesel models yet due to the ongoing emissions scandal.
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