Car review Volkswagen Passat Estate VR5 Car Review July 1 1997 road… — Volkswagen Passat R

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Come a little bit closer and let you in on a secret. This VW Passat might look like more than the big-booted of a car we’ve already tested and as pretty damn good, but in there’s more to it than the eye. You see, under the of this particular estate Volkswagen’s all-new VR5 engine. Not a lot of know that, so keep it and I’ll tell you a bit more.

As its name suggests the VR5 engine is a version of VW’s VR6 with one of its lopped off. At 150bhp, is the same as the 1.8-litre turbo will also be available; too, will be identical. is different, however, is the way it delivers its According to VW, the 2.3-litre VR5 is less acceleration and more about the kind of smoothness you’d get with a six-cylinder car, without the cost.

It lives up to expectations too. not super quiet at low revs, but it a pleasing thrum and provides of bottom-end pulling power. it does lose out to most is at high revs. Start near the red line and its lazy, low smoothness disappears as the engine on a four-cylinder harshness. Performance reflect the VR5’s lazier, laid-back approach. Where the 1.8 does the 0-62mph sprint in 8.9 the VR5 is almost half a second Top speed is a perfectly adequate however.

It might not be the engine to please any racer, but that makes it for the comfort-oriented Passat estate. As the saloon, the ride is first though its soft nature the back end squatting a little too under acceleration. Like the the power-assisted steering requires the of effort to twirl, though it do with more weight at

On the inside, back seat will revel in the space given, while the Passat boot will only the most ardent boot anorak. Ready for the figures? the seats up there’s 495 litres of space available which to 1,600 litres with the down. Those of you with things to carry, such as will also be pleased to that the boot floor is long and that the seats are no difficult to fold than any estate car.

Overall, both the Passat and the new VR5 engine are fine and funky And, on top of that, when you put the two you’ve got one of the most accomplished cars around. Like I though, keep it quiet or everyone will want

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