Nearly all the reviews TheCarConnection.com surveyed heap praise on the 2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon’s styling and design details, many of them noting its blend of sportiness and functionality.
There are no exaggerated flares or curves, just sloping lines (the roof) and smooth undulations in the body work (wheel arches), as described by Kelley Blue Book. “Up front, the lines are clean and uncluttered, with the shiny chrome grille serving as a love-it-or-hate-it addition.” ForbesAutos uses similar words: “Exterior styling for the Volkswagen Passat Wagon is smooth, sleek, and uncluttered, and it’s capped with VW’s signature two-piece front grille.”
Several other comments focus on the brightly chromed grille. “One of its most visible features is a plunging, V-shaped front grille that bisects the bumper,” says Cars.com, also noting that “the optional 17-inch alloy wheels fill up the wheel wells nicely, and 18-inchers are available.”
“If you live in a state that requires a front license plate,” Cars.com warns, “the plate will likely mar the look of that front end.”
“Standard roof rails are a wagon exclusive, while mirror-integrated turn signals are a nice touch,” says Kelley Blue Book, pointing out a few other details that help with the Wagon’s overall appearance.
The interior design, though geared to be especially functional in the Wagon, also garners compliments. Most notably, Kelley Blue Book declares, “The interior is a cut or two above that of any comparably equipped wagon in its price range.”
The Passat Wagon’s interior styling brings the same flowing instrument panel design and attractive soft-touch materials as seen on the Passat sedan. From the outside, as judged by TheCarConnection.com’s editors, the Wagon’s design is more cohesive and attractive than the sedan, with better proportions--at least until the racier Passat CC sedan arrives next year.