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.

Credit: Neftin Westlake VW

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!

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Driven by Devin – 2016 VW Touareg Lux


“…handsome appointments, a roomy interior, refined road manners, and all-around usefulness give it strong appeal nevertheless” -Car and Driver.

The Volkswagen Touareg is the finest of VW’s luxury craftsmanship, built for utility and comfort. You may have seen the Touareg featured in videos such as towing a Boeing 747 jet plane with its past V10 TDI beast of an engine (which we wish was still made) and astonishing towing capability or tearing it up in the desert (there is a separate rally version of the Touareg, known as the Race Touareg). The Touareg is the SUV you want if you are looking for luxury, versatility, and towing capability.

Touaregs are powered by a 3.6L Vr6 engine capable of 280hp combined with 4Motion AWD technology and a 8-speed automatic Tiptronic trans. You get a choice of nine exterior colors to pair with five interior colors.

There is a Touareg for all tastes and prices with its five different trim levels: Sport, Sport with Tech, Technology, Lux, and Executive.

Leather interiors are standard in every trim, along with power heated seats, Bi-Xenon automatic headlights w/ Adaptive Front-light System, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, Remote power rear liftgate w/ power latching, Automatic, rain-sensing, variable intermittent front wipers w/ heated washer nozzles, Homelink, among various others and safety features.


This model featured here is a Lux in Pure White over a Terracotta Brown leather interior.

The Touareg is a nice drive with low road noise, good acceleration and braking, nice handling, and curb appeal.

Sitting in the Touareg is quite comfortable, and it has a simple yet refined appearance. The burl walnut trim in this Touareg eye pleasing, pairing with the Terracotta Brown leather. Heated and ventilated seats, 14-way power adjustable comfort seats w/ power lumbar support & driver memory, and a heated steering wheel offer comfort for any weather.

IMG_0106Technology is a big player in VW’s upcoming models, and the 2016 Touareg is just the beginning. The Touareg features a premium RNS 850 navigation & infotainment system w/ 8″ touchscreen, AM/FM/HD radio and CD/DVD player, rearview camera, Park Distance Control, Lane Change Assistant, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) w/ Front Assist & autonomous emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning, and others (dependent upon trim).

All in all, the Touareg can be defined as unstoppable and unbeatable luxury in the toughest terrain.

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A technology update for the 2016 Tiguan

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan has hit our lot. In anticipation of the redesigned model to be released sometime in the next couple years, VW spiced up the last year of its first generation charmer.

IMG_00882016 Tiguans

VW’s all-new MIB II modular infotainment system is the first of its kind, and brings a pretty big update to the Tiguan’s technological specs. It involves a larger 6.3″ Touchscreen LCD with improved graphics and the ability to phone-mirror with software like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.


All trim levels of the 2016 Tiguan now all come standard with USB and Auxiliary ports and SD card slots, which is a vast improvement over the previous VW specific hookups that required additional adapters for smartphones.

Also standard is a push button start, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Higher trim levels also offer navigation, Sirius radio, and a power panoramic sunroof.

These upgrades may not seem like much on the outside, but as far as internal technology goes, they’re pretty major. Plus everyone is using their phones for music and navigation these days. These upgrades make that easier and more efficient.

Check out our website’s inventory to see all your Tiguan options and grab one before they disappear!