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2010 Volkswagen Passat

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Review

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The 2010 Volkswagen Passat competes with the top-of-the-line Accord and Camry models, along with such sporty sedans as Nissan's Maxima and the Mazda MAZDA6. Loaded with features – some unavailable on the competition – and offered in both sedan and wagon forms, the Passat continues to be a more affordable way to enjoy true German engineering without breaking the bank. A drastic change in the lineup last year saw the elimination of the V6 engine, manual transmission and 4MOTION options, leaving those seeking a bit more power and traction to move to the sleek CC sport sedan.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you appreciate the typical distinctions associated with European sedans – tangible and intangible – you might consider the Passat to be one of the best values on the road.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If its driving dynamics or design distinctions don't make an impression on you, there's little reason to choose the Passat over benchmarks like the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, which both feature base models priced well below the Passat's $28,000 asking price.

What's New for 2010

The Passat's six-speed automatic transmission is replaced by Volkswagen's new DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) automatic, which is far superior to the auto/manual gearbox it replaces. Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity is also made standard on both the Sedan and Wagon.

Driving the Passat

Driving Impressions If above all else you're seeking insulation from the realities of the open road, the 2010 Volkswagen Passat might leave you feeling a bit exposed – it is neither the...

smoothest-riding nor the quietest car in the category. Still, thanks to the superb seats we remained comfortable after hours on the road. We were especially impressed by the 200-horsepower 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder that's more responsive than traditional turbocharged engines. The new six-speed DSG automatic transmission is very good, delivering instantaneous shifts with just a tap of the shifter or steering wheel mounted paddles. As is characteristic of European sedans in general, the Passat behaves with stability and predictability from low to high speeds. Perhaps most significantly, the Passat is wholly successful in being exactly the car it wants to be.

Hard Drive Navigation System
With 20 of its 30 gigabytes dedicated to music storage, the excellent navigation radio lets you transfer all your music directly into the system, negating the need to carry around CDs. The system also features DVD playback when the vehicle is in the park.

Umbrella Storage
A self-draining storage compartment located in the driver's door allows convenient placement of a wet umbrella.

2010 Volkswagen Passat Details
2010 Volkswagen Passat photo Interior

Inside the Passat you'll find a combination of style and refinement unmatched by any of its non-premium competitors. Quality materials and dynamic design combine in a passenger cabin that's at once both relaxing and energetic. V-Tex Leatherette seating gives an upscale feel that cloth rarely delivers, but may deter some who prefer the coolness of cloth in the summer. Neat features include an electronic key and electronic parking brake, plus a center console storage box and umbrella storage in the driver's side door. The rear-seats offer generous legroom, and a 60/40 split seatback functionally extends the Passat's already deep but narrow trunk.

Exterior

With similarities extending from their tall, V-shaped chrome grilles all the way back to their nearly identical taillights, never before have the Passat and Jetta shared such a strong family resemblance – even though the larger Passat effectively projects itself as the more sophisticated older brother. The Passat is also bigger than the last-generation car, measuring three inches longer and three inches wider. Wheel options range from standard 17-inch to available 18-inch alloys. The big VW badge placed prominently on the rear doubles as the trunk release.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 Passat features an impressive list of standard equipment that includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, six-speed DSG automatic transmission, air conditioning, single-zone climate control, Premium 8 AM/FM/CD-MP3 sound system, V-Tex (simulated leather) seats, power locks/mirrors/windows (one-touch up/down in front), cruise control, fog lights, comprehensive trip computer, umbrella holder, 12-way power driver's seat, power sunroof, keyless entry, cooled storage, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, electronic push-button parking brake, tire pressure monitoring system, 17-inch alloy wheels and a hill-hold function that prevents roll-back during hill starts. Standard passive safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, plus crash-active headrests and seatbelt pretensioners. Active safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), plus stability and traction controls.

Optional Equipment

The Passat's list of optional features has been reduced to just a few choices. Buyers can opt for the 30-gigabyte hard drive navigation system, rear side-impact airbags, 18-inch wheels, an iPod interface and few dealer-installed body kit packages.

Under the Hood

We love that the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo provides plenty of power along with highway fuel economy close to 31 miles per gallon. The engine feels like a V6, with no noticeable turbo lag or shortage of power, even at highway speeds. Zero-to-60 miles per hour times range from 6.2 seconds to 7.4 seconds, according to Volkswagen.

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: 22/31

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2010 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 507 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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

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."

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."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Love this car. Very classy, does everything well

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

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

"First VW I've ever owned, and I'm not sure I can ever buy Japanese or American again. Car has very nice "feel" for the road, especially on highway, where it will cruise serenely at 90 mph. I regularly drive 100+ miles, and it's the most comfortable car I've driven, makes traffic seem less bothersome. Interior is absolutely first-class, a real European luxury automobile (I have the highest trim level w wood accents). Lots of smart design touches and amenities. A very upscale car. Reliability has been OK, but repairs can get expensive. I purchased as pre-owned certified w 30K on it, and now have over 90K, just beginning to experience some repair costs, ouch, but still love to drive this car."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

A great Car given regular Dealer Service

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "nice ride and handling"

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

"I am pretty loyal VW customer. I have had many and as long as you take care of them by having all the recommended maintenance done they are excellent cars."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Excellent Handling but Expensive Repairs

By on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "excellent handling, good highway mileage"

Cons: "Only 16 mpg city not 20 mpg stated"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I am really satisfied with my Passat 3.6 4 Motion wagon but the repair work is quite expensive. For example, a new headlight will cost around $425 installed at a dealer (they told me the front bumper had to be removed) but around $225 at a certified shop (they did not have to remove the front bumper so go figure that out) which was quite surprising to me. I have the lower profile version with oversize wide tires and the car handles like an expensive European sedan car. I am also impressed with the great acceleration. On a side note, I have never used the paddle shifters or Triptronic and I am not sure why both had to be installed. As for the interior, I have not had any issues at all so far but for the exterior, the rims seem to ding and scratch fairly easily. Be careful with the low profile front end because scraping curb parking bumpers can be an issue"

15 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Fantastic car

By on Saturday, February 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Everything is thumbs up on this car"

Cons: "None"

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

"The best car I have ever owned. Reliable, comfortable, powerful, percise handeling, great gas milage, and with large storage capacity for this size of the vehicle. Just a pleasure to drive and will wake up any sports car next to you. Just sad that they have discontinued it in the Passat size."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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