The new Volkswagen Passat 4MOTION is causing lots of interest at VW dealers nationwide.
The all-wheel drive option is available on Volkswagen Passat sedans and wagons equipped
with V6 engines and five-speed automatic transmissions.
Our test Passat GLX Wagon 4MOTION came finished in a bright Satin Silver clearcoat with
gray leather interior. We feel VWs wagon is one of the industrys best looking,
offering distinguished looks both at speed and at rest. The design is arched, smoothed,
rounded and aerodynamic, yet still retains a modern station wagon look. The flush-mounted
headlights are very nice and add to the fascia, while the rear quarter design is more car
like than wagon.
All Passats are based on the sibling Audi A4 and A6 designs, both noted for excellence
in motoring. Handling is superb, cornering is precise, and the four-wheel independent
suspension works in tandem with the 4MOTION option. The steering is firm, road bumps are
nearly erased, and a sense of opulence overtakes driver and passenger. The wheelbase
measures 106.4 inches and overall height is 59 inches
Passats interior completes the package with very comfortable seating.
Theres real wood trim, smart amenities and luxurious trimmings. All controls are in
easy reach and in no way troublesome. Passat wagons and sedans offer roomy cabins, as
five-passengers can indeed fit. There is ample head and legroom, excellent visibility and
enough cargo space in the wagon (39 cu. ft.) to haul a baseball teams bats, balls,
helmets and practice equipment.
As for safety, front and side air bags protect passengers and loads of standard
features greet passengers. From heated seats to a great sounding Monsoon 8-speaker stereo
system, Passat exemplifies the word "luxury." The only problem incurred was with
the climate control, which seemed to have a mind of its own when we had the function
engaged in manual mode.
The 2.8-liter, 190-horsepower V6 engine offers good low-RPM performance with great
upper-end characteristics. The dual overhead cam (DOHC) and five-valves-per-cylinder
design combine with variable intake valve timing to allow a 6,000-rpm redline. Most
American bred V6s are finished at 5,000 rpm, but thats not the case with
Volkswagen/Audi. A 5-speed automatic "Tiptronic" transmission, on approval from
"cousin" Porsche, can be utilized as a "manual automatic" by shifting
up or down based on driver preference. The 3,243-pound Passat 4MOTION Wagon is rated at
17-mpg city and 24-mpg highway.
Speaking of 4MOTION, its always engaged. The unit is similar to Audi Quattro,
sharing power to the front and rear axles on a 50/50 basis. When roads become icy or
slippery, 4MOTION delivers traction to the wheels offering the best grip. The end result
is great traction and a "car for all seasons" stamp of approval. Four-wheel
anti-lock brakes are standard, and they work very well.
The base price of our Passat GLX wagon is $28,455. Add the 4MOTION ($1,650) and 5-speed
automatic ($1075), and the final price comes in at $31,705. Lower priced GLS models come
with less standard equipment, while the GLX adds leather upholstery, dual eight-way power
heated front seats, automatic climate control, Monsoon sound system, alloy wheels, 16-inch
tires, and a power sunroof.
The respected German craftsmanship is paramount in the Volkswagen Passat, and the
pricing is thousands less than similarly equipped Audi models. We recommend Passat 4MOTION
as a Best Buy in the all-wheel drive, mid-size class. By Greg Zyla © AutoWire.Net -
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