While the Global Passat has evolved greatly since 2011, the one sold in the US is actually quite a different car. The 2016 Volkswagen Passat TDI will use a very similar platform to the B8 but it also features a few extras as well as it is missing a few things. Even though it isn’t the best selling car in its class Volkswagen Passat TDI 2016 will certainly be the most interesting car thanks to the fact that it is the only car offering a diesel in its engine range which is always nice to see and the best part about this diesel is that it is quite powerful as well as impressive to use.
2016 Volkswagen Passat TDI review
On the interior 2016 Volkswagen Passat TDI will feature all the commodities of a normal family car and a bit more. The base one will get automatic climate control, electric and heated seats, electric windows, electric power steering, a small 7 inch infotainment center as well as RDS radio. The seats are quite comfortable and thanks to the very nice layout, there is more space both in the front and in the back than in any other car in its class. Just as we previously said, it exterior will also change quite a bit. The front will now get those new rectangular headlights from the 2015 European car while the back will get the great shape changing LED taillights which light up differently depending on what the car is doing.
Volkswagen Passat TDI 2016 mpg
Engine wise, the Volkswagen Passat TDI 2016 will come with one diesel engine. This is going to be a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4 which will be able to put out 150 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque which is a nice bump over the previous car. This will be only available with a brand new 6-speed manual which is going to be a lot better than the current 5-speed. Its fuel consumption will actually improve with 34 MPG in the city and more than 47 MPG on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient non hybrid car on the market to date. Performance will also improve thanks to the new gearbox, so a 0 to 60 MPH time of 8.7 seconds and a limited top speed of 120 MPH should be quite sufficient for such a fuel efficient car.
2016 Volkswagen Passat TDI release date and changes
The Volkswagen Passat TDI 2016 is going to be the first major upgrade of the previous generation. This will get a more similar styling to the European model, so now both the front and rear of the car are going to be identical to its sibling. The engines are also going to get an upgrade from the current one to a more powerful as well as more fuel efficient engine. The price on the other hand will remain mostly unchanged, so expect to pay around $26,000 US dollars for a base 2016 Volkswagen Passat TDI which is really quite cheap considering how fuel efficient it can be.