HERNDON, Virginia — Volkswagen has confirmed that the updated 2016 Passat midsize sedan will be priced from $23,260, including a destination charge of $820, when it arrives at dealerships in November.
That's the same price as last year's base model, although Volkswagen points out that additional standard equipment actually results in a $1,315 value enhancement for the 2016 version.
In addition to revamped sheet metal, lighting and interior design, the new Passat features the latest infotainment system with touchscreens on all models, as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Other standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera and a post-collision braking system that helps prevent secondary collisions by automatically applying the brakes whenever a crash is detected.
The standard power plant is a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rated at 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, which comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
A sporty new R-Line version of the Passat, which starts $24,795 with the $820 destination charge, features enhanced exterior trim, 19-inch alloy wheels and upgraded tires.
Another $775 adds the R-Line Comfort package with leatherette seating surfaces, power driver's seat and heated front seats, exterior mirrors and washer nozzles, while the $1,095 R-Line Lighting package includes LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights.
The 2016 Passat SE, priced at $27,100 with destination charge, comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, a larger color dashboard display, satellite radio, an extra USB port, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and the same seating upgrades as the R-Line.
The SE Lighting package, a $1,245 option, consists of LED headlights, taillights, daytime running lights and foglights. There's also an SE Technology option, priced $2,130 above the standard SE, that includes blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alert with automatic braking, keyless entry, push-button start, hands-free trunk opening and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The next step up is the Passat SEL, which tacks on such items as 18-inch alloy wheels, a premium audio system, leather seating surfaces and power front seats with memory settings. The SEL model is priced at $31,315 with the $820 destination fee.
Moving up the line in the 2016 Passat range, there's the SEL Premium, priced at $35,090 with destination charge. This trim level includes standard LED lighting, remote start and driver-assist features like lane-departure warning with active steering, blind-spot monitoring, and parking assist.
Finally, the flagship Passat model is the V6 SEL Premium, priced at $37,655. In addition to the equipment from the standard SEL, it features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Edmunds says: The 2016 Volkswagen Passat offers enough variations and options to satisfy the needs of a wide range of shoppers.