Despite being the model meant for hauling kids and cargo, the 2009 Volkswagen Passat Wagon reaps much praise for its sleek styling and good looks, according to the majority of reviews read by TheCarConnection.com.
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. There are no exaggerated flares or curves, just sloping lines (the roof) and smooth undulations in the bodywork (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 says, “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,” points out Cars.com, also noting that “the 17-inch wheels fill up the wheel wells nicely.”
Cars.com warns, “If you live in a state that requires a front license plate, 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, citing a few other details that help with the Wagon’s overall appearance.
The Passat Wagon’s interior styling brings the same flowing instrument panel design and attractive soft-touch materials as seen on the Passat sedan. The interior design, though geared to be especially functional in the Wagon, garners compliments—most notably from Kelley Blue Book, “The interior is a cut or two above that of any comparably equipped wagon in its price range.”