NEW FOR 2010:

– Automatic transmission replaced with six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) on 2.0T models
– Standard rear side airbags and rear seatbelt pretensioners
– Sport suspension, 18-inch wheels and digital compass standard on Highline and Highline V6 models
– Premium six-CD stereo with Sirius satellite radio standard on Comfortline and Highline
– Technology Package of navigation system, 6.5.-inch touch screen, SD card input, 30-GB hard drive and Dynaudio sound upgrade optional on Comfortline and Highline, standard on Highline V6
– iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius satellite radio and new steering wheel design standard on Comfortline, Highline and Highline V6
– 4-year/80,000 km Roadside Assistance replaces 4-year/unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance

For 2010, the Volkswagen Passat undergoes several changes, most notably that its six-speed automatic transmission has been replaced with a six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) on the 2.0T models. Rear side airbags and rear seatbelt pretensioners are also standard on all models, while specific models receive updates: sport suspension on the Highline and Highline V6; premium six-CD stereo on Comfortline and Highline; and a Technology Package available or standard on Comfortline and Highline models, along with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth and satellite radio.

The Passat is available as a four-door sedan, four-door wagon, or as the CC, a four-door sedan with coupe-like styling. Engine choices are a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), available in all models. The CC and Wagon also offer a 3.6-litre V6, which comes exclusively with six-speed automatic and 4Motion all-wheel drive.

The sedan comes in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim; the wagon comes in Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Highline V6 trim; and the CC comes in Sportline, Highline and Highline V6 trim.

Features on the Trendline sedan and wagon include 16-inch alloy wheels, manual climate control, LED taillights, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, black window surrounds, variable intermittent wipers, heated washer nozzles, anti-theft alarm, cruise control, front and rear floor mats, multifunction trip computer, keyless entry, vanity mirrors, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary jack, rear seat airbags, 12-way power heated “leatherette” seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with armrest and pass-through, electronic parking brake, hill hold assist, four-spoke tilt and telescopic steering wheel, locking glovebox, and auto up/down windows. The wagon includes an intermittent rear wiper.

The Comfortline adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, chrome window surrounds, interior ambient and footwell lighting, covered illuminated vanity mirrors, six-CD/MP3 stereo, Sirius satellite radio, iPod connectivity, three-spoke leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, chrome matte or brushed stainless steel trim, and cargo storage net.

The Highline adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, sport suspension, adaptive automatic bi-xenon headlamps, power sunroof, digital compass, garage door opener, leather upholstery, and genuine Burr-Walnut or Vavona wood trim.

The Highline V6 wagon adds heated mirrors with puddle lamps and integrated turn signals, full-size alloy spare wheel, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation system, 6.5-inch touch screen with SD card slot, 30-GB hard drive, Dynaudio upgraded sound, three-position driver’s memory, paddle shifters for transmission manual mode, and manual rear and side sunshades.

Features on the Passat CC Sportline include 17-inch alloy wheels, manual climate control, automatic headlamps, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lamps, chrome window surrounds, rain-sensing wipers, heated washer nozzles, anti-theft alarm, digital compass, cruise control, front and rear floor mats, multifunction trip computer, interior ambient lighting, illuminated glovebox, keyless entry, six-CD/MP3 stereo, Sirius satellite radio, auxiliary input jack, iPod interface, tire pressure monitoring system, 12-way power driver’s seat, heated “leatherette” seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with centre armrest and pass-through, electronic parking brake, hill start assist, three-spoke leather-wrapped multifunction tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, matte chrome trim, removable trunk storage divider, sport suspension, and auto up/down windows.

The CC Highline adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, power panoramic sunroof, 12-way power passenger seat, leather upholstery, driver’s side memory, garage door opener, paddle shifters for transmission manual mode, and brushed aluminum trim.

The CC Highline V6 adds power rear sunshade.

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