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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.
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.
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 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.
A self-draining storage compartment located in the driver's door allows convenient placement of a wet umbrella.
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.
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.
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.
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
By Ken on Thursday, October 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great handling cargo spaceincredible.can hold 4x8"
Cons: "seated heat warmer conked out"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"235,323 miles and still cooking! Never had any major problems. Had to replace things like brakes, muffler, joints...standard stuff.. Hope to get to get to 300,000 and give to some nephew."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Kyle on Saturday, September 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price, power, comfort, build quality"
Cons: "A bit higher cost to maintain."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car has been nothing but joy since I bought it used in 2012. Ive had the car for a little over 2 years and have only had one issue. The Check engine light came on one day but no worries! Took it to the dealer and they fixed it for free under a recall VW had sent out. Nothing else popped up. Compared to my wifes 2011 camry se, this thing takes it on every level. Power, comfort, road noise, even fuel economy. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a great intro luxury car. You will not be disappointed."
10 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By SeniorFuego on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Reliability, Build Quality-Deutche..."
Cons: "You wont' ever want to sell it."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"With every option but the AWD/4-Motion & Dynaudio I have found this car to be the best VW I've ever owned and I doubt I'll ever let it go. The interior of the car is that of a cc with remarkable quality stittching and amazing comfort and control. This is the first DSG car I've owned and its exteemly responsive when shifted into Sport Mode. Paddle Shifting...WHAAAATT? VR6 Power and often up to 30 MPG when I'm not "DRIVING" it like Andretti. Reliability has been AMAZING...no issues but I do maintain the car well. VW really stood behind everything on the CPO "World Auto" cerrtified program... Most of these were made in the 2.0 Turbo variant but this is the VR6...virtually indestructable and FarvegnuQuick!"
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Dot on Saturday, September 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Very low quality interior. Plastic parts were blistering and headliner fell apart within 2 years despite being parked in a garage. No dealer or factory warranty compensation Have test driven other VWs and I see no change in quality in past 8 years. New car's interiors are falling apart while on the lot. Never again I grew up with VW including buying a 78 bus in 1986 and putting 150k miles in 9 nines before selling it for move than I paid for it."
2 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Bob on Monday, May 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Drives great, lots of power"
Cons: "goes through tires, value loss"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"It has been a good car, put over 60000 miles on it. We put tires on it every 20000 miles, it wears the tires fast. We have had to have some of the injectors replaced before 90,000 miles. The interior is comfortable but has rattled since 30000 miles and the dealerships couldn't ever replicate the issue. The car did not hold value like we were told that VW's do. This is disappointing."
9 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Big T on Sunday, May 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, hugs road nicely."
Cons: "Expensive to repair"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This car has had several recalls which when fixed by the dealer caused car to burn oil. We add about two quarts of oil every 3000 miles. The interior door panels, especially the grab bars, electric switches, remote mirrors, and door handles are manufactured poorly. The sliding sun-roof drain clogs frequently filling the car with water in the driver's side foot area. The fold-down divider between rear seats - latch is inferior. It's a fun car to drive. Holds the road well. Feels solid and safe. Gas mileage could be better."
7 people out of 16 found this review helpful