Alternatives to the 2009 Volkswagen Passat Wagon include the Saab 9-3 Sport Combi, which has good versatility and zippy performance, and the Volvo V50, which has responsive handling but a somewhat noisier interior.
The V50 bears an attractive interior design, while the 9-3 looks quite plain next to the Passat.
Both Swedish models are pricier than the Passat Wagon.
The Passat Wagon does have a better ride and more spacious backseat than the Outback, and its standard 2.0T engine is more powerful than the Outback’s 2.5-liter.
Compared to most compact and mid-size crossover sport-utility vehicles, the 2009 Volkswagen Passat Wagon has a better ride, a quieter interior, and superior fuel economy.
And although handling isn’t a strong suit for the Passat Wagon, it’s more responsive as well.
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|2009 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru OutbackBrowse Used Listings||2008 Volvo V50Browse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I5|
|Mid-Size||Mid-Size Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon|
|4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD||4-Door H4 Manual||4-Door Wagon 2.4L FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Wgn||4 Door Wagon||5 Door Wagon|
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|2009 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2009 Subaru Outback||2009 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2008 Volvo V50|