With its 2010 Volkswagen Passat Komfort Wagon, the German automaker seeks to breathe some new life into a segment that has long languished in this country. As SUVs and crossovers have exploded in popularity, the marketplace has paid scant attention to the traditional station wagon. Despite their staid reputation, wagons actually offer an appealing combination of utility and efficiency, and the 2010 Passat Komfort Wagon is by far the most stylish and competitive entry in this segment.
Like its sedan counterparts, the Passat Komfort Wagon features a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine. The small turbocharged motor produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque while still delivering excellent fuel economy. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission drives the front wheels and features lightning-quick shifts. Handling is excellent, with tightly controlled body motions and a balanced chassis.
Inside, the 2010 Passat Komfort Wagon features 36 cubic feet of luggage space, increasing to 61 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Typical of recent Volkswagen products, interior fit and finish are excellent, and the controls are well laid out. The generous standard equipment list includes a power sunroof, remote keyless entry, and leatherette upholstery. Safety features hit all the right notes, with standard front, side, and curtain airbags, plus electronic stability control and antilock brakes.