Stylish, Practical, Loads of Fun
By miran on
Vehicle2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A)
ReviewThis is the first wagon I've owned after
over 20 years of driving Japanese
sedans. Many years ago,
a station wagon purchase was unthinkable
because of the image; now, the
requirements of job and family make it
necessary. But who'd have thought that
this would be one of the most enjoyable
vehicles I've ever driven? It's fast,
extremely stylish, the interior has
loads of helpful automation, and drives
so beautifully that even my practical
wife ditches her Toyota Sienna and
sneaks out with the VW when I'm not
driving it. And though I've never
associated wagons with a stylish
exterior look, I'm surprised at how many
strangers have made favorable comments.
Best FeaturesOverall driveability (smooth and luxurious at slow speeds, zippy and comfortable at high speeds), dashboard lights and controls, internal and external aesthetics are top notch. Rear passenger room and trunk space compare very favorably to other vans I evaluated.
Worst FeaturesMassive gap between feature sets for basic and high end wagons -- I put out the extra for the GLX, and as much as I love leather seats, sunroof and other amenities, I didn't need it all and wished I didn't have to pay for it all. But those craving 6 cylinders and AWD have no choice.
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