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2007 Volkswagen Passat

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2007 Volkswagen Passat Review

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The all-new 2007 Volkswagen Passat Wagon is the more versatile version of the all-new Passat sedan that was introduced for the 2006 model year. Unlike the sedan, which competes against such benchmarks as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Passat Wagon has few (if any) direct competitors. The interior is a cut or two above that of any comparably equipped wagon in its price range and its handling characteristics are completely European sedan-like. Whether you're looking for a versatile sedan substitute or a more efficient, more enthusiastic SUV replacement, the Passat Wagon won't disappoint.

You'll Like This Car If...

Combine the cargo versatility of a mid-size SUV with the driving dynamics and fuel economy of a mid-size sedan, build it with premium-like features and materials, then adorn it with a starting sticker price in the mid-$20,000 range and you've got a vehicle with an undeniable rational appeal.

You May Not Like This Car If...

For anyone who puts horsepower first and foremost, the Dodge Magnum offers a 340-horsepower V8. For those who think the premium-like Passat can get a little pricey, the Mazda6 and Subaru Legacy are both available for less.

What's New for 2007

Bigger, sleeker, more powerful and more refined, the 2007 Volkswagen Passat Wagon is completely new and improved from the inside out.

Driving the Passat
Driving Impressions

If you appreciate the nuances that define the driving characteristics of a European sedan, you'll enjoy working the controls of the Passat Wagon. We liked the smooth delivery of the...

... powerful 280-horsepower V6, but were especially impressed by the base 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's more responsive than traditional turbocharged engines. The six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission was very good and features an unexpectedly aggressive sport mode. As is characteristic of European vehicles in general, the Passat Wagon remains stable, predictable and confident at high speeds. While the Passat Wagon very accurately mimics a premium vehicle on many levels, it often isn't quite as quiet or smooth.

Dynaudio Sound System
The optional 10-speaker sound system, the first in-vehicle endeavor by Dynaudio (a well-regarded Danish speaker outfit) is one of the best we've heard.

Sport Package
Offering a stiffer suspension, deep sport seats and a three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters, the optional Sport Package makes the Passat Wagon even more of a driver's car.

2007 Volkswagen Passat Details
Interior

Inside the Passat Wagon's refined passenger cabin you'll find a combination of quality materials and dynamic design that's at once both relaxing and invigorating. Interior trim options include wood, aluminum or composite, and standard leatherette seating gives even the base model an upscale feel. Neat features include an electronic key and electronic push-button parking brake, plus a cleverly placed umbrella holder and two cooled storage compartments. Rear-seat accommodations have been improved with an additional 2.7 inches of legroom, while a 60/40 split seatback functionally extends the Passat Wagon's deep but narrow cargo area.

Exterior
2007 Volkswagen Passat photo

As is the case with so many new models nowadays, the 2007 Passat Wagon is both longer and wider than the model it replaces. The wagon shares its distinctive face and some sheetmetal with the sedan, but the design is cohesive enough that it in no way comes across as an afterthought. Standard roof rails are a wagon exclusive, while mirror-integrated turn signals are a nice touch. Wheel options range from 16-inch covered steel wheels to 18-inch alloys available only on V6 models, which also feature twin single exhaust pipes flanking the left and right sides of the vehicle. The big VW badge placed prominently on the back doubles as the rear hatch release.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Passat Wagon's impressive list of standard equipment includes an AM/FM/CD-MP3 sound system, leatherette seating, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, cooled storage bins, trip computer, electronic key, electronic push-button parking brake, 16-inch covered steel wheels, electronic stability and traction controls and six standard airbags, including two-row side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

In addition to a 3.6-liter V6 and newly revised 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, the Passat Wagon's optional equipment list includes leather seating, navigation system, power glass sunroof, six-disc CD changer, premium sound system, multifunction steering wheel, heatable power front seats, automatic wipers, foglights, manual rear sunshades and rear-seat side airbags. A new Sport Package is available only on V6 models.

Under the Hood

We really liked the Passat's new, more powerful V6 engine, but we also never wanted for power from the new four-cylinder turbo that also delivers highway fuel economy of 31 miles per gallon. The smooth-shifting, six-speed automatic transmission is also new, as is the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system that now operates as a front-wheel-drive unit until extra traction is needed, thereby reducing fuel consumption. The 4MOTION system is available only in combination with the V6.

2.0-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5100-6000 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31

3.6-liter V6
280 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
265 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 (FWD), 18/26 (4WD)

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2007 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 512 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Some minor interior gripes but otherwise great

By on Saturday, January 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great ride, look great, easy maint, hauls a lot"

Cons: "foil around gear shift peels"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"We purchased on 08 wagon from a family with kid so we expected some wear and tear on the inside but it's actually really nice, except for the finish around the gear shift. That part has peeled and there's some scratches here and there. The drive is fantastic. Very comfortable and we get great gas mileage. Most repairs and maintenance we've done ourselves for cheap. We have two major upkeep charges coming up for 100k miles and those are under $2k for both. I'd say this car is a great value. We can haul our large family on camping trips comfortably and safely."

11 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Will keep for at least 10 years

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast and great gas mileage"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2.0 T: Fun to drive - great acceleration, great torque. I'm usually getting 27 or 28 miles per gallon, and I don't think I've ever had less than 25 mpg. Extremely reliable - I bought this new, and haven't had any problems. Even my base model is strikingly high quality."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Too many small problems.

By on Thursday, October 1, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Drives great."

Cons: "Poor overall quality."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Too many minor failures, door locks, rear seat fold downs, poor paint etc. Uses premium fuel and oil. Miles per gallon too low. But looks good, drives great and is comfortable. With back seats down, trunk is huge but one seat will not unlock and fold."

23 people out of 41 found this review helpful

Comfortable, great fit and finish.extremely reliab

By on Thursday, August 6, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "well rounded vehicle + great reliability"

Cons: "nothing of note"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Passat Wagon in 1988 as I had just retired and my yearly mileage went from 50K+ down to under 7K. Most of which was city driving mainly carrying my two dogs. The 2L turbo is not the most fuel efficient for the type of city driving I do (average 19mpg of premium)but longer trips gave me more than 28+ mpg. It is surprisingly sporty and will cruise at 80+ (if you are not careful). This the longest I have kept a vehicle and it has never let me down. One of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned.I service it every 6 months, it neither leaks oil nor uses oil between services. I would confidently recommend this car to anyone. It has the added advantage of an electronic parking brake which will hold the car on any hill and release with the touch of the accelerator, has and excellent and fast AC / heating system and heated seats.(The driver's seat also warms your back)"

18 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Don't buy it!

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: unreliable

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "nice durable interior"

Cons: "in the shop again and again......"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Interior held up pretty well and car is pretty quick with the turbo but constant repairs over the entire ownership of the car were very costly and annoying. Dash lights coming on constantly. Never ever will I buy another VW product."

8 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Great quality, reliable, good looking

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Style, power, handling, seats"

Cons: "No hands free phone, no light in trunk"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned this car since new and the quality, power, handling have exceed my expectations. I am trading my VW in on an Audi, and am going to be sorry to let it go. No issues with reliability, comfortable, and a great daily driver."

15 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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