After looking at a variety of upscale wagons (Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar X-Type, Volvo, Audi, and VW Passat), we chose the VW. The Passat handles well, accelerates smoothly and the interior appointments are on par with the finest luxury wagons. The heated leather seats are incredibly comfortable. Its cargo space is more than adequate for shopping trips or travel. The rear passenger seating and leg room are great and you can actually fit three adults in the backseat. The GLX trim comes with a Monsoon stereo system that puts the Bose system we had in our former car to shame.
The Tiptronic transmission allows me to shift gears at higher RPM, turning an otherwise boring trip to the mall into a road rally. Memory seats are great given the fact I'm 6'2" and my wife is 5'7". Monsoon stereo is amazing, with the 8-speakers positioned perfectly inside a very quiet cabin.
The car suits our needs for a luxury wagon with great features and performance. For those who want German engineering and European style, this is a great choice. However, this car will disappoint those who purchase a car purely for the approval of others. Buy a Benz or BMW if your ego requires it.