2006 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
There are 4 user reviews for the Value Edition trim shown below
- Plentiful standard features, comfort, driveability, sporty yet luxurious
- Mirror joystick, chrome around the gearshift annoys the driver
I wasn't really looking for Passat when I was buying a new car, as I didn't know they had a new trim for 2006. The old trim was a bit small for my needs (family of four). They got me with their 0% offer, and once I checked the car out I absolutely loved it. It is sporty, yet it's a family sedan at the same time.
In addition to its great looks, what I liked most is that even the Value Edition comes with features that are usually considered optional in many other cars (front, side, and rear airbags; traction-control; stability control; leatherette seats; good stereo even without optional Dynaudio; cruise control; telescoping steering wheel etc.). Passat has a luxurious feel to it, even at Value Edition. Yes, it is more expensive than Accord or Camry, but if you add all this equipment to your basic Camry or Accord I guess the price would be very similar.
The car drives and handles very well -- it's robust and stable on the road. The 2.0T engine gives plenty of power. Even though the car is big and heavy, this engine acceleration is excellent.
The only complaints I have are the mirror joystick as it feels imprecise and fragile, and the chrome lining around the gearshift. In mid-day when the sunlight comes vertically from above, this chrome gives a refraction that is noticeable and somewhat distracting. I rectify that by putting something over it, but I would recommend changing this in future versions of Passat.
Overall, it's a great car, among the most luxurious in its class.
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