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2001 Passat Program #2034

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Volkswagen’s current ad trumpets the theme: “Drivers and judging by the cars they’ve turning out recently, they mean it! Their newest car is 2001.5 Passat. Already the top of its class in European sales, the new now aims to raise the expectations for family sedans in America. a tall order for a land by Camry, Accord, and Taurus. So do we think?

Well, we think the Passat is one of the finest family your hard earned can buy. In fact, we said as in 1999 when the Passat top honors in our MotorWeek Drivers’ awards for Best Family And since then, and especially for mid-year 2001.5 introduction, the has been changed and improved in every way.

Like the Passat’s stylish enhancements. The front end sports a sharply raked grille, front lamps, a more helping of chrome, and a bolder VW The Passat’s rear has also smoothly reworked and frames shaped tail lamps.

under the hood are more however, if you equip your with the base GLS 1.8 liter 4 cylinder. As horsepower has been from 150 to 170, and torque from 155 to 166 pound-feet. Our premium GLX comes standard with the 2.8 V-6 that, like the previous produces 190 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of Like the 4 banger, it utilizes over- head cams and 5 per cylinder, but no turbo. 0 to 60 times 7.3 seconds, with the quarter passing in 15.6 seconds at 92 Power is plentiful in the lower and ranges of the powerband, but flattens near the redline.

Our GLX came with the standard manual transmission that, its somewhat rubbery nature, positive shifts. A 5-speed self-shift automatic is optional on all drive Passats, and standard 4Motion all-wheel drive.

The ride and handling characteristics also been enhanced to an increase in torsional rigidity to the body. That advancement not gives the Passat a “hewn-from-granite” of solidity, but also allow the link front, torsion rear suspension to be dialed in to a more nimble car.

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And yet solid” was a recurring phrase on our sheets after several through our low speed slalom. At no did the Passat feel squirrelly or out of control. And while the Passat’s and pinion steering is typically in soft feel, rapid to side exchanges were expertly and without fanfare. in control is a traction control of EDL, Electronic Locking that uses brake to regulate wheel slip up to 24 and ASR, Anti-Slip Reduction, modulates throttle response.

The “nimble, yet solid” theme is evident out on the highway where the gives you a comfortable and controlled experience. Although we have that all Volkswagens seem to be softly sprung of late, and the does tend to “float” a bit on secondary roads. And during our test, where the 4-wheel ABS brought our GLX tester down 60 in 126 feet, we did notice a tendency for the end to step out a bit if the front wheels slightly off-center. But our drivers about the Passat’s ABS system. It just enough feedback to let you it’s working, and not a lot of noise and

The only noise and chatter in the rich interior comes the occupants. And in this well environment, it’s likely to be Our GLX came with plush and leather 8-way power for driver and passenger. Lumbar and heated surfaces are included. The faces a leather-wrapped multi-function wheel that tilts and and a handsome IP with chrome analog gauges. The center can house a navigation system not yet here, so it looked underutilized on our A Monsoon stereo system 8 speakers but only a cassette is GLX fitment. In-dash CD player and changer are optional. But an electronic automatic climate control with rear vents and filter is standard on GLX. As are impact airbags and the new Side Protection that cushions front and rear.

In the rear you’ll find a and class average amount of for two adults, although there are positions for three. And the spacious can handle up to 15 cubic feet of

Although prices have up slightly, the 2001.5 Passat is still quite affordable. price on the GLS 1.8T is $22,300. The GLS V-6 at $24,600. The top line GLX begins at 4Motion adds another And, don’t forget, a wagon is also available.

admittedly, you can buy an Accord, Camry, or for thousands less than Indeed, if you just want a four-door, then the Passat is car than you’ll ever But, when it comes to the family sedan, we think the Volkswagen Passat jumps than its competitors can see.

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