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2008 Volkswagen Passat Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by BKreit2457

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Reviewed: 2008 Volkswagen Passat

4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2008 Volkswagen Passat?

Feature availability

Too many standard features to list. Many found on cars costing thousands more. Some not found on any cars. Standard rear and side rear sun shades, double sun-visors, driver side umbrella holder, drivers side storage, excellent cruise control, paddle shift

Powertrain performance

200 HP turbo is quick and responsive w/ minimum turbo lag, 6 speed auto trans w/ paddle shifters, sport and manual mode is smooth shifting and always seems to find the correct gear. 32-34 MPG consistently on long highway trips at avg speed of 70 MPH.

Handling

Handles as if on rails. Stays flat in corners with no body lean. Electro-Mechanical PS has(almost too)light feel at low / parking speeds. Stiffens and provides great feed back as speed rises. No dead spot at center position.

Front seat support & comfort

Extremely comfortable front drivers seat w/ 12 way electronic adjustment. Able to find perfect driving position. Very little fatigue even after 12 - 14 hours of driving (taking breaks for food / gas of course). Lumbar adjusts both up/down and in/out.

Controls and instruments

All of the controls are simply laid out, in the correct location and intuitive to use for minimum distraction while driving. Computer displays info in easy to use manner. The best cruise control system (not adaptive)I have ever used.

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