The 2010 Volkswagen Passat
is an ideal midsize family car available as a sedan or wagon. Due to a powerful 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine mated to a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) dual-clutch automated manual transmission, the Passat is energetic while offering a comfortable ride. With exceptional handling, the Passat takes curvy roads with ease.
The Volkswagen Passat offers a plethora of features, including multifunction steering, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth, satellite radio, heated front seats, and a sunroof. Other advantages are its fuel economy, which is rated at 25 mpg city / 31 mpg highway, and great safety scores.
New for 2010
For 2010, the Volkswagen Passat received VW's DSG dual-clutch automated manual transmission instead of a conventional automatic, new touch screen controls for the Bluetooth and audio, a new multifunction steering wheel, and optional 18-inch wheels.
Transmissions: 6-speed auto-clutch manual (DSG)
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged I-4
Body Styles: Sedan, wagon
Trims: Komfort Wagon, Komfort Sedan
On the Outside
Sporting classic Teutonic design, the Volkswagen Passat is stylish without being frivolous. Modern touches include LED taillights, mirror-mounted turn signals, and multi-spoke Le Mans 17-inch alloy wheels.
From the Inside
An impressive blend of modern high-quality materials, the Volkswagen Passat features a stereo with touch screen controls that emits impressive sound. While the cargo space isn't huge, the rear seat space is ample.
Propelled by a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine matched to the DSG gearbox, the Volkswagen Passat is energetic enough to feel sporty and fast. Well grounded around turns, its suspension is stiffer than the average midsize, providing a tighter and nimbler feel than its competitors. However, road noise is slightly higher than desirable.
Standard safety equipment on the Volkswagen Passat includes front, side curtain and side thorax airbags for the driver and front passenger. Head curtain airbags standard front and rear are also standard, while side thorax airbags are optional for rear passengers. Also standard are traction and stability control.
Passat, Passat Wagon: 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway
- Smart styling
- Turbo engine/DSG transmission
- Upscale interior
- Balance of ride comfort and handling
- Good fuel economy
- Lack of manual gearbox on V-6 engine
- No all-wheel drive for 2010
Style, comfort, and performance to surpass price competitors
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