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Perfect Wagon by Erik on 11/19/2007. Trim: 2007 Volkswagen Passat Wagon 2.0T, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Fuel Economy, I averaged 34.7 mpg from Topeka to Minneapolis, and did not have to refill (speed at 73mph on the digital cruise). About 620 miles on that tank. I often receive a nice 26mpg average in town as well (I avoid the highways in town (Wichita) due to inept drivers). The handling and power delivery are true to the German way. Leatherette seats are more comfortable than most Leather seats in American and Japanese cars. Cargo Room is expansive, has as much room as a Volvo V70, is just about as safe, and delivers much more fuel economy than said car.
Cons: Lack of Aux (iPod/MP3 input). Volkswagen says its standard on their website, but dealer insists to the letter that it is not. I have been very unhappy with my dealer experience, and this apparently isn't unusual. Volkswagen itself isn't fully to blame, and I personally do not blame VW. But other people may not be so forgiving and leave the brand because the dealer was bad. I know better and will just go to another dealer when the time comes for a new purchase. I think VW-USA should take some more interest in dealer operations, just to smooth things out.
Overall review: An excellent road car that takes those twisty highway ramps at a speed that doesn't leave you punching the throttle to join traffic. But curiously it delivers fuel economy as if it were a humdrum Japanese 4 cylinder (remember I averaged 26/34.7, well above the EPA 23/31) while kicking the pants off some V-8's on the highway. The styling is right, and even though it isn't boxy it delivers the cargo room and safety that the boxy wagons of the past have delivered. I am sold on this design.
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