I am very happy with my Passat wagon. It is nimble and a blast to drive thanks to great handling. The turbo motor lacks low end torque, but once you put your foot into it, the car has enough power to get you in and out of trouble. Its highway mileage is also a real plus, but the 91 octane requirement means you need premium fuel. It has good cargo room for its class and the high roof helps out here. The fit and finish are also very good. The interior is austere but very well done, but the glovebox is the only real storage space.
I love the steering and handling, small turn radius, multiple seat adjustments, tilt and telescope wheel, factory sound system, side head airbags, side torso airbags, standard ABS and traction control.
The bumpers, front and rear especially, are easily damaged. The door sills are unprotected. The horizontal surface of the rear bumper is unprotected and easily scratched when loading/unloading the rear. The center console storage space is pathetic.
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