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By Cars.com Staff
November 20, 2009
Vehicle Overview The Passat is Volkswagen's midsize car, and it's available in both sedan and wagon body styles. Competitors include the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.
New for 2010 Volkswagen's Direct Shift Gearbox, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission with automatic manual-shift operation, replaces a conventional six-speed automatic as the lone transmission choice. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is a new design, Bluetooth is standard and there's an optional touch-screen radio.
Exterior A medallion-shaped grille covers the Passat's front end, and sweeping lines enhance the model's sides. The body is 188.2 inches long and 71.7 inches wide. The Passat's brakes have a wiping feature that removes moisture from the discs.
Sport suspension and Volkswagen's Adaptive Front Lighting System optional
New 17-inch wheels standard
New 18-inch wheels optional with sport suspension
Standard fog lights
Interior The Passat has room for up to five people. The 60/40-split folding rear seat has a pass-through provision. The Passat has an electronic parking brake.
Simulated leather seat trim standard
Leather upholstery available
Air conditioning, CD stereo standard
Optional navigation system
Optional park assist
Under the Hood Volkswagen's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder develops 200 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission that provides automatic manual gear changes is now standard.
Six airbags standard, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags
Optional rear-seat side-impact airbags
Standard adjustable head restraints; front seat restraints are active
Standard all-disc antilock brakes
Standard brake assist
Standard electronic stability system
Passat Wagon Like the sedan, the 2010 wagon is available in only one trim level: Komfort. It includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 200 hp and 207 pounds-feet of torque and the six-speed DSG automatic.
The wagon provides increased cargo space: 35.8 cubic feet compared to the sedan's 14.2 cubic feet, however, it is listed as being .2 inches shorter than the sedan. A power liftgate is standard on wagons.
The Passat wagon has all the same standard safety equipment as the sedan. It also has optional side-impact airbags for the rear seats, as does the sedan. Back to top
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