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2016 Volkswagen Guide

Get the best online car shopping experience with expert reviews of the 2016 Volkswagen. Read more to learn about the most important features and important factors to consider when researching the 2016 Volkswagen.

2016 VOLKSWAGENOverview

Volkswagen continues to be one of the strongest-performing brands of foreign cars in America. Its long history of robust and masterful engineering, innovative trim packages, European performance handling, and affordability keeps the fleet at the top of its class. The 2016 Volkswagen vehicles include fuel-efficient sedans such as the Jetta, the highly popular midsize Passat, and the newer crossover SUV models such as the Tiguan and Atlas.

NOTEWORTHY FEATURES

Performance

The 2016 Jetta models offer a standard 210 horsepower 1.4-liter, 1.8-liter, or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine design provides the smooth and powerful handling experience you expect in a sporty compact sedan. The fuel efficiency of the Jetta remains one of its best features. On either the eight-speed automatic or the six-speed manual transmission, you will get 34 MPG on city/highway total. The 2016 Jetta offers plenty of cabin and cargo space for a smooth, comfortable ride.

Advanced Safety

The Volkswagen 2016 Passat remains one of the top-ranked midsized sedans in standard and advanced safety features, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Volkswagen uses the highest-quality technology to build its safety features. Standard features include child door locks and seat anchors, driver and passenger airbags, stability and traction control, blind spot alert, and a host of other advanced safety features.

Interior Design

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is the popular compact crossover that offers plenty of style and design on standard and premium trim levels. The standard 2016 Tiguan has the European sense of affordable luxury, which includes touchscreen entertainment/navigation, a quiet cabin, comfortable seating, and ample cargo space. Cloth upholstery is standard, but leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated seats, and power seats are available upgrades. The 2016 models provide low wind noise, which means a quiet cabin experience.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

No Crossover Version

The Volkswagen Jetta is a crowd-pleaser, and some fans find it disappointing that it is only available as a sedan with no plans to add a crossover version. If you want a family-friendly ride or you prefer additional space, then the Atlas is a well-designed mid-size crossover SUV. It can seat up to seven adults quite comfortably and can hold three child seats. It is another true-to-style European, affordable, luxury-designed Volkswagen. The Atlas is not built for big towing jobs as it only pulls around 5,000 pounds. The infotainment is not easily accessible, but it is adaptable.

Cramped Cabin Space

If you like the Volkswagen Tiguan because of its terrific fuel efficiency, you're not alone, but keep in mind the seating room is tight, and most adults would not sit comfortably in the third row. It's a sporty compact, so it's not expected to be extra roomy; the interior design is also conservative, and these details can affect resale value. The Tiguan doesn't offer engine upgrades, but with its sporty exterior and high safety ratings, it's still worthwhile.

Acceleration

For those who drive the Volkswagen Touareg, the 280-horsepower engine seemingly is not enough to handle the weight of the car since it is a large vehicle. This means that there is not enough horsepower left to give the car powerful acceleration when you ask for it. Even with all of the horsepower, the Touareg still only accelerates from 0 to 60 in an unremarkable 7.7 seconds.

2016 Volkswagen Reviews

OVERALL RATING
4.7 OUT OF 5 (1016 Reviews)