2007 Volkswagen Passat Wagon 3 6 Test drive and new car review …

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Circle the ‘Wagens

When a car your expectations, you have to not only the vehicle, but your The 2007 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 4Motion so exceeded my expectations I realized that I’m in the past, and the Passat is headed the future. I’m going to try to at the Passat with fresh and an open mind.

Pricing: base, $38,280 as tested, EPA 18 MPG (7.65 km/l) city/26 MPG km/l) highway.

First Sleek, handsome and elegant a total surprise

Where did I get expectations for the Passat? I’ve spent more time the wheels of Volkswagens than any cars over the course of my I even spent some as a VW salesman while I took a from the rigors of a college I’ve always admired the — in my view, VW was sincere bringing a solid, no-frills car to the

The 2007 Passat Wagon is solid, but it is anything but no-frills. In VW is pushing the Passat to the near-luxury

From its slightly bulbous to its gently rounded back, the Wagon is an elegant beast. If a can be sleek, the Passat is sleek. Up is the VW corporate nose, replete a big VW logo in a smiling mouth chrome lips. In conjunction a rising beltline, the roofline toward the back of the wagon an almost chopped look gives a sense of forward The rear gate is narrower at the than the top, its top half by wrap-around glass.

The 17 alloy wheels fit the wheel perfectly.

Overall, the Passat is very elegant, with paint, fit and finish. It’s a car, with visual from every angle. Not I expected at all.


In the Driver’s Seat: All-out

2007 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 4Motion rear view


If the exterior of the Passat confounded my expectations, I was totally for the interior. My test vehicle was with a $2,750 Luxury which included leather and passenger seats with power and electric heat, trim, heated windshield fluid and rain-sensing wipers, other features. The seats are supportive and easily adjustable, and the surfaces are supple.

Sitting in the driver’s seat, the cabin wraps around you a great ergonomic layout just plain works. right where you expect it to be. A instrument cluster sits the steering wheel under a eyebrow in the dash.

Big rotary gauges display the important and smaller LCD readouts toggle pressing info. The center houses the audio, navigation and controls. VW’s excellent navigation system will set you $1,800 and its easily worth the

Rear seat accommodations are for two adults, too tight for three humans. Like the exterior, fit and are superb throughout the interior of the Material selection and quality the luxury brands’ in every

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The Passat is no econobox.

On the Road: handling enhanced by 4Motion

The has always been a pleasant car to with adequate handling and The 4Motion package ups the ante, full-time power to all four through a special computer-controlled Independent suspension controls the roll without making the too harsh, and incredibly direct power steering makes the a blast in the curves. The 3.6 liter V6 the hood provides great with 280 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque through the 6-speed automatic

If you’re into shifting for a tiptronic mode is available just punch the Passat the gears with the console-mounted selector. Or let the transmission do the work, I did — choose S for Sport mode and the shift points later in the power band. ventilated power ABS disc haul you down from and traction control keeps on the road.

It’s too bad that wagons out of fashion for so long. I sure need the gas bill an SUV can run up. The Passat is rated for 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway, respectable numbers for the performance.

And my dog the space behind the rear always an important consideration.

End: Welcome to the near-luxury

2007 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 4Motion rear view

has finally forced me to adjust my by delivering an excellent, segment-breaking I will look at future and future VWs differently now — not as the of the bare-bones People’s Car, but as a brand with a lot to offer for the

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