2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon Interior
In addition to being both roomy and comfortable, reviewers find the Passat Wagon's interior appointments to be topnotch. According to Cars.com, "Volkswagen's attention to detail and high-quality materials give the cabin a rich feel." Kelley Blue Book finds the combination of materials and design "at once is both relaxing and invigorating. Interior trim options include wood, aluminum or composite, and standard leatherette seating gives even the base model an upscale feel."
The Passat Wagon's seating consists of a two-row, five-passenger configuration; yet, some have reservations. "Problems are still limited to seat bottoms that lack shape and thigh support," says Edmunds, while Cars.com reports, "Front space is ample, and the seats are indisputably firm but adequately comfortable, though the wide console is close to the driver's knee."
Behind the Passat Wagon's two front-row bucket seats, lies a 60/40 split seatback, flip-down, second-row bench seat, which reviewers say can accommodate three people comfortably. Rear seating has also improved for 2008, providing an additional 3 inches of width for more hip and elbow room, and 2.4 inches of legroom. Also, rear legroom is 37.7 inches.
Though the Passat Wagon has a long list of standard features, including power windows and door locks, a power driver's seat and climate control, not all the features are perfect. Thesays the tilt and telescope steering column "doesn't move far enough up or down," and adds, "Fuel and coolant temperature gauges are tiny and the angle and location of the standard-size speedometer and tachometer can make them hard to read under some lighting conditions." Despite these minor shortcomings, most reviewers are pleased with what the Passat Wagon's interior has to offer.
The standard upholstery is perforated leatherette. The Auto Channel writes, "German leatherette seems more like leather than some other manufacturers' leather, and offers a very high level of comfort, front or rear." Buyers may also opt for the 'Luxury Package,' which includes real leather and wood trim, in addition to power and heated front seats with a memory driver seat, a multifunction steering wheel, side sunshades, dual-zone climate control, navigation system, and premium sound system, which includes a six-disc CD changer. Though some reviewers dislike placement of the CD changer because it is in the glove box and out of the driver's reach, many believe that this option is truly worth getting.
Volkswagen's touch-screen navigation system is all new, and most reviewers find it to be rather sluggish and easily confused. Edmunds states, "The optional navigation system to be a bit lethargic. Although it has thoughtful features like 'Back' and 'Gas Station' buttons, it seems to think slowly compared to other units."
According to Cars.com, "Selecting the wagon over the sedan more than doubles the Passat's cargo volume: The sedan has a 14.2-cubic-foot trunk, while the wagon's cargo area measures 35.8 cubic feet." Comparative wagons only offer around 33.6 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear cargo area is carpeted and includes four conveniently placed tie-downs. The reports, "The cargo opening is low and wide, and there's plenty of room for lots of stuff. If you need more space, the rear seats fold entirely forward to create a giant cargo area." When the seats are folded down, the cargo bay measures 69 inches long and 42 inches wide.