2007 Volkswagen Passat 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Well, I have test driven about 6 manuals and automatics. It is tricky to shift the manual, perhaps with several weeks practice it will get better/easier? I am not real happy with the clutch action. The ride is OK at lower speeds in town, but it's too noisy and a bit hard/rough at highway speeds on rough and bumpy pavement. It has good acceleration. The steering lacks fluidity. This car is not lithe, it handles OK for a biggish car. It has nice workmanship, looks, and an easy to use stereo with fair sound (but it's covered by road noise too easily). There was a good review of the Passat in Motor Trend's latest new car mag, which is out now. "Excessive" road/tire noise that covers stereo etc. is not good! This is a better car than most in its class though.
The looks, acceleration, and roominess. It is good that VW and Audi, like Toyota, is working on making less toxic car interiors. I can tell it has less of that toxic and dangerous new car smell. It gets fairly good gas mileage. I believe that 27-28 mpg is possible in mixed driving.
It needs less road noise and a smoother ride. Sell only the 2.0 model. Phase out the 3.6, it wastes too much gas and loads down the front suspension. Improve the front suspension and dampen entire suspension (costs a bit). The red trip and MPG info box on the dash is distracting, it's too big/bright. Watch your knee when entering.