Just wanted to say that I AM RELIEVED. All that I had read previously made me not even wonder if the Treveler would fit in my Passat trunk!! Well, I got to measuring and found that I had only 16 1/2" of height to my trunk. Then I took the trunk liner totally out to expose the spare tire. Right on top of the spare tire was a Jack which I moved to a side location, leaving a nice "hole" and more clearance!! With this hole exposed, we were able to put the Traveler in without too much difficulty. WHEW!!!!
I went to the local bike shop with my dog trailer and dog. We hooked up the trailer to an IGH 8 speed for me to assess the gear ratio for my driving this 44 lb load. It was amazing as I did not even feel that much difference whether Jack (24 lbs) was in the trailer or not. I was fine working my legs up the incline. It was good exercise and I will only get stronger. I wanted to check this gear range because the Traveler that I have ordered will have even a better range with the NuVinci N380.
Today I also went and test drove a Catrike as well as laying eyes on a Gekko. Both would not fit into my trunk. After driving the Catrike, I maybe felt that it was a better ride for me. I did not feel the difference was significant enough to override the ability to store the Traveler in the trunk of my Passat, which is a huge advantage for me in my thinking. So now the waiting starts for those 2016 models to come out.