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To put together this comprehensive review covering the 2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon, the experts at TheCarConnection.com consulted some of the most respected review resources. Then TheCarConnection.com’s editors, who have driven the Passat Wagon and several other sedan variants, brought their experience to this review.
- Responsive and refined engines
- Attractive, well-appointed and refined interior
- A more fuel-efficient alternative to SUVs
- Top safety protection
- All-wheel drive only offered with V-6
- Premium fuel is recommended
- Pricey VR6 models can top $40,000
- No Bluetooth hands-free interface
Volkswagen’s especially roomy Passat Wagon gets some new tech features, like Adaptive Cruise Control, for 2008, along with simplified trim levels: Turbo, Komfort, Lux, and VR6.
A 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and 4Motion all-wheel drive are included in the appropriately named VR6 models; all the other 2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon models come with a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Most drivers will be happy with the perky performance of the four-cylinder engine, which is very responsive with either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 comes only with the six-speed Tiptronic automatic and is somewhat faster, though the fuel economy penalty is significant. The base Turbo model is now the only Wagon that can be outfitted with the manual gearbox.
The interior layout of the 2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon feels both luxurious and practical, and the quality of the materials is quite impressive. There are plenty of interior storage bins, and even an umbrella-storage area. The Passat Wagon has ample backseat legroom for lanky adults. Although the rear door line makes an odd straight cut downward, the door’s unusual shape really helps entry/exit. And in the Wagon, the backseats fold forward flat to greatly expand the cargo floor, which is easier to load than SUVs because of its low lift height. On that note, a power liftgate is standard on all Wagon models, but it seems an unnecessary feature.