exterior styling and design on the 2016 vw passat r-line

Equip Your Passat With Sporty Styling Through the R-Line Model

Difference Between 2016 VW Passat S vs VW Passat R-Line

Though the midsize sedan segment is full of options, you’ll likely be able to find anything you need in the Volkswagen Passat’s diverse lineup. From sporty styling through the R-Line model, efficiency through the 1.8T engine or plenty of power through the V6 engine option, you have a lot of choices. To help you narrow things down and to highlight the newest addition to the Passat lineup, we’re comparing the difference between the 2016 VW Passat S vs VW Passat R-Line trim levels.

The S model is the entry level trim for the Passat lineup, and it comes generously equipped. But with the Passat R-Line being similarly priced, some drivers may wonder what the difference between the two is. Should you stick with the entry level Passat S, move up to the Passat SE or opt for the Passat R-Line? We’re about to help you decide.

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What is the 2016 VW Passat R-Line?

So to start, what is the R-Line model? The R-Line model delivers some exciting styling changes to the Passat, enhancing its sporty design characteristics. These design features make the model look more aggressive without losing your favorite midsize sedan qualities. We’ll let the photos do most of the talking, but what you’ll find with the R-Line is the addition of the following:

  • 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

2016 VW Passat S vs R-Line Design Differences in Photos

Passat S 16-inch Carolina

standard wheel design on the 2016 vw passat s

Passat R-Line 19-inch Salvador

wheel design on the 2016 vw passat r-line

Passat S

2016 vw passat s front grille design front bumper

Passat R-Line

2016 vw passat r-line front grille bumper design differences

This is all in addition to the standard features found on the entry level Passat S model, which include Bluetooth, a touchscreen display, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Both models will come with the Passat’s 170 horsepower engine producing 184 lb-ft of torque.

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As you can see, the difference between the 2016 VW Passat S vs VW Passat R-Line is mostly in the design department. That being said, both vehicles are generously equipped for an enjoyable driving experience. If you’re looking for some sportier styling, however, the Passat R-Line may be just what you need. Contact us at Neftin Volkswagen to learn more or schedule a test drive online.