New Kid On The Block // Volkswagen Passat R-Line

img_7599Starting in 2010, Volkswagen announced plans to introduce their new “R” performance lineup of vehicles – sportier, more performance oriented versions of current models. VW aimed to make the changes more than cosmetic, planning for more engine upgrades and performance.

Currently, available “R” models are the Golf R, Beetle R-Line, CC R-Line, and the newly released Passat R-Line. The Tiguan R-Line has since been fizzled out.

The Passat R-Line was released in conjunction with the Passat’s facelift for 2016. It features several options that differ from the regular Passat that will be mentioned.

For this feature, we took our first Reef Blue Passat R-Line down to the waters edge for some cool photos!

The 2017 R-Line comes with the sedan’s standard 1.8L 4-cylinder TSI engine and 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode, pushing out around 170-hp and mid-20 range MPG estimates.

Cosmetically, the R-Line was designed to stand out and be aggressive, but while still maintaining its midsize sedan qualities. The main differences between the 2017 R-Line and regular 2017 Passat are as follows:

  • 19-inch Salvador wheels (compared to the entry level model’s 16-inch Carolina wheels)
  • R-Line door sill protectors
  • front/rear bumper design enhancements
  • Unique rocker panels
  • Chromed oval exhaust tip
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel/shifter/brake handle

The 2017 R-Line also comes standard with heated seats, a blind spot monitor, a rearview camera, VW Car-Net, dual climate control, multifunction steering wheel, and leather seating.

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As part of a national Volkswagen campaign, here at Volkswagen of Naples, we will soon be conducting the fun and educational program called Dare-To-Compare. The program is designed to slot the 2017 Passat R-Line against two others in its class – the 2017 Honda Accord and 2017 Toyota Camry – comparing the features of each car and educating customers on the new Passat R-Line.

The program will be held here at VW of Naples, from October 18th-October 22nd, 2016. The three cars will be parked out front and employees will be there to assist customers in comparing the three vehicles.

We are excited to bring out customers this program to educate and feature the new 2017 Passat R-Line. More information and specific details will be released as the dates get closer!

img_7588img_7610img_7549Check out our Passat inventory at: http://www.vwofnaples.com/searchnew.aspx?Type=N&Make=Volkswagen&Model=Passat

2016 Passat named Best Midsize Sedan by CARS.com

IMG_7545Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce today that the new 2016 Volkswagen Passat has taken top honors in Cars.com’s Midsize Sedan Challenge. Put to the test against eight of the most popular 2016 models, the Passat won judges’ hearts with its spaciousness, safety, available VW Car-Net® App-Connect technology, and most of all, its fun-to-drive nature.

To make it into the 2016 Midsize Sedan Challenge, each vehicle had to have an automatic transmission, have an EPA estimate of at least 28 mpg combined and have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of less than $28,000. Vehicles were evaluated by a panel of expert judges and an Atlanta couple in the market for a new sedan on a 220-mile road course looking at overall ride, acceleration, handling, braking, features, cargo space, technology and more.

The tests resulted in the following ranking:

  1. 2016 Volkswagen Passat
  2. 2016 Kia Optima
  3. 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
  4. 2016 Hyundai Sonata
  5. 2016 Honda Accord
  6. 2016 Subaru Legacy
  7. 2016 Toyota Camry
  8. 2016 Mazda6
  9. 2016 Nissan Altima

“We are thrilled for the Passat to be named Best Midsize Sedan by Cars.com against such formidable competition,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President & CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “The Passat offers the perfect combination of sophisticated styling, outstanding App-Connect technology, and the great driving dynamics that Volkswagen is known for, making it an outstanding consumer value.”

“The Passat came in first place with both our expert judges and in-market shoppers,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com’s editor-in-chief. “This midsize sedan is a refreshed version of the Passat that won Cars.com’s Best of 2012 award; it’s still tremendously roomy and for 2016 got a ton of tech upgrades like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. In addition to the roominess, tech and safety, the standout feature of the Passat is its driving ability. Everyone who drove it unanimously agreed, the Passat is plain old fun to drive.”

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize sedan designed for the American lifestyle and built in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. For 2016, the Passat combines striking new interior and exterior design elements with a greater variety of available driver assistance, connectivity, and convenience features than ever before. Overall, the 2016 Passat features a winning combination of interior and exterior design, technology, available driver assistance systems, and a powerful and highly efficient base engine. The starting MSRP for the 2016 Volkswagen Passat is $22,440. The SE model tested by Cars.com has an MSRP of $26,280 and includes features such as VW Car-Net® App-Connect technology, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, heatable front seats, and a sunroof.

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For full results and scoring details on the Midsize Sedan Challenge, see www.cars.com/news.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

Via VW.com

Driven by Devin: The new 2016 Passat

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Volkswagen has given the 2016 Passat both an external and internal face-lift just in time for the holiday sales season.They have also added the sought after R-Line trim level to the Passat lineup for the upcoming year. Volkswagen definitely has stepped up their mid-size sedan game by not only restyling the exterior, but by also adding a fistful of new features inside.

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One can easily notice the difference between the 2015 and 2016 Passat. VW added more horizontally aggressive lines in the front end, front fenders, hood, rear, and trunklid. Although the new look is still reminiscent of older, more reserved European styling, it adds some desired flare to this family hauler. New options such as LED taillights and headlights are being offered, which is a first among Volkswagen’s sedans. The R-Line will also offer unique rocker panels, a 2016 Jetta GLI inspired black accented front bumper, rear diffuser piece, and 19″ wheels.

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Moving inside, the look has changed slightly to become more modern and hip. Cloth and leatherette surfaces are still both offered, accompanied by aluminum styled inlays. But the biggest changes are technological. Volkswagen’s Modular Infotainment System (MIB II) system and Car-Net connectivity systems -Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink- now grace the 2016 Passat (they have also been added to others such as the Tiguan). Touchscreens are now standard, but offered in two sizes depending upon packages. The screens also feature a new proximity sensor that bring up controls as your hand gets close to the screen. Backup cameras now also come in all trim levels, including the base Passat S (whoohoo!).

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If you thought the Passat was loaded with safety features before, get ready to have your socks knocked off. With the refresh comes a bunch of new, advanced, and sought after safety options that are generally offered in more luxurious vehicles (like Acura or Audi).

Some of the new features include:

  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking, which prevents the car from running away and crashing into things after an initial impact (standard on all trim levels)
  • rearview camera (standard on all trim levels)
  • adaptive cruise control
  • a forward-collision warning system
  • autonomous emergency braking
  • blind spot monitor with alerts
  • lane departure warning
  • parking steering assistance

Are your socks knocked off yet? If not, then here’s a little tidbit of information: the 2016 Passat just earned the Top Safety Pick+ Rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), having been given the highest possible ratings of “good” in the institute’s crash tests. “The Passat’s IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award demonstrates Volkswagen’s longstanding commitment to vehicle safety and the development of innovative technologies,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc.

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The Passat brings with it the same engine choices from the 2015 model:

  • A 1.8 TSI turbocharged four-cylinder
  • A 3.6L VR6
  • A 2.0L TDI four-cylinder

In terms of gas mileage, Volkswagen has said that the base 1.8L will get around 38mpg on the highway. Less stopping and more driving. And let me tell you this, that little 1.8L is no slow slug.

All of the 2015 Passat color choices (both inside and out) carry over with the exception of a newly named Reef Blue Metallic, which replaces Night Blue Metallic.

Prices for the 2016 Passat start at exactly what the 2015 Passat was, but with this new model, I would say you definitely get more bang for your buck.

Interested? We’ve already had a bunch of these hit our VW of Naples lot, so come check one out today!

Driven by Devin: 2015 Passat Limited Edition

The Volkswagen Passat, regardless of trim level, is a pleasant drive. It gets good gas mileage, handles well, drives smooth, is pretty spacious, and is Volkswagen’s family sedan. It features a 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that gets up and goes when needed. I drive one of these quaint sedans almost everyday between dealerships, and I must say they make for a quite comfortable daily driver. The current 2015 Passat is offered in several different trim levels; the S, SE, SE with sunroof and navigation, SEL Premium, and a new Limited Edition.

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A limited run, Volkswagen’s 2015 Limited Edition Passat replaces the Wolfsburg and offers a send-off to the current Passat model. A middle ground between the base Passat S and Passat SE, the Limited Edition is designated by a “Limited” badge and offers key upgrades from the S.

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Passat Limited Edition

Perhaps the biggest improvements are the rearview camera (which is uber helpful), the leatherette interior, power driver seat, and heated front seats.

The leatherette interior is a nice luxurious touch to the Limited Edition. A power driver seat is always a plus, as in some cars, I eagerly reach for those controls only to be disappointed by what is a manual seat (although I have owned my share of manually adjustable seat vehicles). And of course, these seats are heated too. Yes, we may live in Florida, but I personally freeze in the 40-degree weather. Since I haven’t lived anywhere but the Sunshine State, I am totally all-in for the warmers.

A rearview camera makes backing up so much easier. I have never personally owned a car with a rearview camera, and although I am a self-proclaimed expert “backer-upper” (yes I made that up, & I always back my car in wherever possible), the aid of a camera would be happily embraced. You cannot completely rely on the camera (please don’t Big Box store shoppers), but it helps for those tight spots, blind spots, and any other problem spots you encounter in reverse.

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The Passat LE also features an updated 8-speaker Premium VIII radio with a CD changer, SiriusXM(c) Satellite radio, Kessy(c) keyless entry, 17″ alloy wheels, a push button start, bright chrome exterior trim, and front fog lights.

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Surprisingly, the added features of the Limited Edition don’t actually cost you that much extra over the Passat S (which are getting hard to find). If I were in the market for a practical sedan, I would definitely consider the Limited Edition, mostly for that rearview camera.

Check out the shots below or come check it out in person! We have plenty Limited Edition Passats in several different color combinations to suite your tastes.

Interested in owning your very own 2015 VW Passat Limited Edition? Check out our inventory on www.vwofnaples.com or call us at 866-364-0242!