Curbside Classic 1990 VW Passat Wagon (B3) – Practicality Über Alles — Volkswagen Passat B3

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Curbside Classic: 1990 VW Wagon (B3) – Practicality Alles

April 16, 2011

its inception, practicality and functionality the dominant forces that Volkswagens. With the arrival of the B5 in 1996, that took a turn towards a more and upscale image, which manifested itself in the Phaeton and other miscalculation, the Passat W8. not to say that the B5 Passat doesn’t its charms, although once its “paint” that coats of its interior pieces starts away like a sunburn, a part of that charm away. No such issues its B3/4 predecessor: it was as honest and as a shoebox; the last of the old-school And I briefly lusted after if one can actually have such for such a practical box.

For followers of the VW brand, the B3 was quite a with tradition. The B1 was really more than an Audi with a hatchback grafted on. The body had more distinctive metal, but it was still based on the gen2 Audi 80/4000. But the B3 was all VW, a transverse engine configuration from the Golf.

The primary of the VW developers with the B3/4 was to space utilization, which accomplished with typical overkill. It was dubbed the Raumwunder miracle) by the German press, interior Lebensraum on a par that a long-wheelbase S-Class Mercedes. No class car had ever offered rear seat legroom, and if serves me right, its successor B5 some of that back.

At a time when vans, MPVs and other tall-boy were mostly still in Europe, the new Passat made a splash indeed. And of course, it just the wagon; the sedan had was well endowed with leg room. But there was nothing about the B3 Passat: its rear space was just the benefit of space utilization, not some to make it appealing to the yet-distant market in China for stretched VWs like the Skoda Superb and 6 L.

That’s pretty obvious too its exterior styling: the B3 was the German with its grille-less face and skin. That would have gone over in China, where the B3′s the Santana was one of the pioneering VWs, and is going strong there. As far as I the B3 may never have made it to

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The face-less look fad soon got old in the too, and the B4 refresh that in 1993 featured the new VW family as well as some retouches to its a mild foreshadowing of the styling to come. And in 1996, VW finally to offer its first TDI engine in the US, the old 90 hp 1.9 L And that’s where my interest up.

A father at our kids’ school had and I rode with him in it briefly on a camping trip. The combination of the practical roominess and throbbing engine really spoke to my Kraut. Of course, the economics of a engine in 1996 or so were un-compelling, as gas prices were with that magic 99 barrier.

This shot of the Passat a Subaru wagon behind it the tale of what could been. VW wagons were a mainstay in markets like on the coasts and in foreign-car enclaves. with their AWD and practicality the market wagons of this VW had their excellent Syncro AWD of but a combination of marketing factors, and other factors soon Passat wagons passé.

The B5 wagon went on to satisfy the of a more citified crowd, by a slightly roomier and less Audi wagon. But the B3/4 be remembered fondly as one of the last of its

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