New for 2016:Volkswagen

Philly Murtha | Jan 27, 2016
Although Volkswagen is in the process of coming up with fixes on many of its diesel-powered models so that they meet emissions requirements, parent VW Group is moving ahead with work to develop plug-in hybrids. For 2016, the Volkswagen brand also is focusing on adding technology to its lineup. Models are equipped with latest-generation MIB II infotainment systems that can be paired with all three smartphone apps (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink) for greater system connectivity. The new infotainment system links to VW’s Car-Net connected-vehicle services subscription for security features, remote vehicle access, advanced telematics, and enhanced navigation. In addition, VW is rolling out new advanced driver-assistance technology. The major model update for 2016 is a refreshed Passat midsize sedan, now built at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, TN. Also, the Eos convertible, which was expected to be discontinued in 2015, returns in one trim level for 2016.

Following is an overview of new or updated features for each 2016 Volkswagen model:

  • Automatic post-collision braking system is a new standard feature on all 2016 Beetles
  • Limited edition of 2,000 Beetle Denim soft-top convertible models with retro interior and special appointments
  • Beetle Dune is available as a convertible and a coupe with “Baja Bug” 2014 concept-inspired rugged exterior and interior styling cues and turbo 4-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, plus safety technology
  • Beetle CC offers optional advanced driver-assistance technologies including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking

  • New 2.0T Trend and R-line trim levels
  • MIB II infotainment systems with USB and VW Car-Net App-Connect on all trim levels
  • Content added to various trim levels
  • New driver-assistance features available

  • Eos returns in the Komfort trim level

  • E-Golf SE is a new lower-priced trim level plug-in hybrid that offers most of the features of the Golf SEL Premium and includes a 3.6-kW onboard charger as standard
  • New DC fast-charging package is available
  • MIB II infotainment system with USB and VW Car-Net App-Connect
  • New Driver Assistance package

  • Advanced driver-assistance technologies (available on SE and SEL) such as adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert, and other systems
  • Automatic post-collision braking system is a new standard feature
  • Standard lane-departure warning on most trim levels
  • Park assist optional on most trim levels, including the SportWagen

  • Standard USB ports and latest-generation multimedia system that integrates with all smartphone connectivity apps
  • Rearview camera standard
  • Updated Driver Assistance package (available on SE and Autobahn) includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitor with rear-traffic alert, park distance control, and park assist


  • Available 6-speed manual transmission
  • MIB II infotainment systems with USB and VW Car-Net App-Connect with 6.5-in. touch screen
  • Updated Driver Assistance package (available on Golf R with DCC and Navigation) includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitor with rear traffic alert and park distance control




  • MIB II infotainment systems with USB and VW Car-Net App-Connect with 6.5-in. touch screen
  • Rearview camera standard
  • Cloth seats on SportWagen S
  • Updated Driver Assistance package (available on SE and SEL) includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitor with rear-traffic alert, park distance control, and park assist

  • Equipped with VW’s latest MIB II infotainment system
  • Optional advanced driver-assistance technologies such as adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert, and other systems
  • Standard automatic post-collision braking system
  • New turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that is 15% more efficient and produces 150 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque replaces 2.0-liter engine in S trim and replaces 1.8-liter engine in SE trim
  • Sporty GLI trim level has refreshed front and rear fascias; updated instrument panel; specially tuned sport suspension; and a 210-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection engine

  • Facelift with sportier front and rear treatments including more substantial four-bar grille and extra chrome details on trunk and bumpers
  • Cabin interior updated with new dashboard, center console with new steering wheel and chrome and black trim, and rear heated seats are optional
  • Choice of only two gasoline engines: turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and is EPA-rated at 38 mpg on the highway with an automatic transmission; and an optional 3.6-liter VR6 that generates 280 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque with an automatic
  • New MIB II infotainment system that features smartphone pairing
  • Rearview camera is standard for all trim levels
  • Full complement of advanced driver-assist safety technology systems are available for lower trim levels, while they are standard on upper trims

  • Lower entry-model price
  • New trim level hierarchy: S, R-Line, SE, SEL
  • New MIB II infotainment system and USB ports for all four trim levels, includes VW Car-Net App connect on all but S trim level
  • Standard features include leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and push-button start

  • Hybrid model discontinued
  • Lower price for base model that also drops some features
  • Lux and Executive trim levels gain 14-way power, ventilated seats
  • Executive trim level also gains standard power tilt steering wheel and driver-assist package
  • Automatic post-collision braking system is a new standard feature


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