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VW PASSAT IS PERFECT SEDAN FOR FAMILY

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay.com
The small-size engine of 1.8 liters in this midsize sedan should not fool anyone. A 4-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled power train in the 2016 VW Passat puts out 170 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 184 pounds-feet of torque @ 1500 rpm. It is coupled to a standard but responsive 6-speed auto transmission.
The Passat appears more aggressive than before with a revised exterior fascia, which now gets a new domed hood, larger fully chromed four-bar grille and window surrounds, slimmer headlights, rear bumper and trunk lid, and available LEDs. The cabin receives an upgrade with a fresh instrument panel showing off two large gauges; the center stack incorporates the VW latest MIB II infotainment system. Also new in the front-wheel-drive sedan are the steering wheel and column stalk design, two-tone décor panels, and chrome trim on a/c vent bezels, upper door, cup holders and shift lever. Convenience features include dual-zone auto a/c, 60/40 rear seat, eight-way power driver seat, heated front and rear seats, sun roof and a 15.9 cubic feet trunk. 
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows, four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, Electronic Stability Protection with anti-slip regulation, traction control, three-point seatbelts for all positions, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights are standard.
The Passat is an ideal sedan for a family of four or five, for that matter. It can carry occupants in comfort, luxury and style. As VW has often said in the past, "European elegance. Autobahn performance."

PASSAT (SE)
Tires: 215/55R17
Wheelbase: 110.4 inches
Length: 191.9 inches
Weight: 3,263 pounds
Suspension: damper strut front, four-link rear
Steering: electro-mechanical power
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gallons
City: 25 mpg
Highway: 38 mpg
Base price: $28,410

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