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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
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 513 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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

Great starter car for new driver. Safe and sporty.

By on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 169,767

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reliable, maintained properly, great starter car"

Cons: "Needs new turbo, tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

A good first, new driver car.

"This was a very reliable car. Put money and time into it to keep in good shape but latest repair was too costly for me. It needs a new turbo but the body, engine, and frame are still in good condition. Someone who is car savvy could have the car humming again in no time. Belts were replaced a little of 100K miles. Must take car as is."

A good first, new driver car.

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

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