My wife drives our MDX but for me I prefer German cars. I owned a 2000 VW 4Motion wagon but now have a 2002 allroad. I considered the W8 Passat but you pay an extra $9000 for the W8 over the standard 190 hp V6. Plus, dealers will negotiate price on a V6 Passat but not on the W8. IMO, the Passat is a very good car but the allroad is worth the extra $5000 over a W8 Passat. You get a far nicer interior, better build quality, free service for 50K, adjustable suspension, better sound system and you can get a 6-speed manual transmission.