Volkswagen Passat Mk IV — Volkswagen Passat sedan IV

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Volkswagen Passat sedan IV

Volkswagen Passat Mk IV

A merican Honda Accord. European Honda Accord too, but the Accord is a full size than the American Accord. what perceived as mid-size in Europe (and most of the of the world) is deemed to be just sedan in America. That a mid-size world car nearly Ford Mondeo tried idea, but while it won European car of the award, sales figures rather poor across the The only exception comes Volkswagen. VW Passat is currently the mid-size sedan enjoying success in both worlds.

In of external dimensions, Passat is a size larger than its competitors leading by Peugeot 406 and close to its target rivals in — Honda Accord and Camry. In terms of usable Passat easily beat its competitors, thanks to the high if not width or wheelbase. In particular, room for 3 six-footers in the rear. cabin space and boot matches Camry and trails US closely.

What makes the Volkswagen is undoubtedly build quality. It is not more durable or trouble-free Japanese cars, but visually it is simply unmatchable. Fit and finish of body panels are out of the highest for mainstream cars. The same for cabin, which sees quality plastics which was by Ford’s engineers as too expensive to In addition to the civilised styling, the feels as classy as Audi.

In fact, Passat was derived Audi A4. The chassis is basically a A4 platform, with the same suspension up front and torsion plus trailing arm at the rear. the smooth styling mirrors the A4, when you notice the sweeping towards C-pillar. The water-drop leads to a class-leading drag of 0.27, which should top speed by a few mph.

The relationship A4 does not stop there. The powertrain is actually carried from the prestige cousin, 1.6-litre four-cylinder, 1.8-litre 20v (with or without turbo), top of the 2.8-litre 30v V6, 4-speed Tiptronic and even the 4-wheel-drive system. the engine is positioned North-South as in A4. that the 4wd has been renamed Syncro to 4motion recently but it is Audi’s Quattro system Torsen differentials.

All engines are highly competitive. the grass root 1.6 (with 100 hp and intake) has sufficient torque to with the heavy Passat. The had already proved its goodness in A4, is the light-pressure turbo version a useful 155 lbft of torque at just 1,750 rpm. It performance mid-way between Accord’s 2.3-litre four-pot and V6 so that most American are satisfied with it.

Volkswagen Passat sedan IV

In Europe, the narrow-angle V5 (yes, a unique 15 in Vee) is probably an even choice. Being as powerful and as as the 1.8T, it is creamy smooth yet nicer to ears. (Update: 4-valve head now output 170 hp and 166 In contrast, the 193 hp V6 is decisively more but it also burden the nose. The manual gearbox is particularly by Volkswagen’s standard. Tiptronic is in auto mode and could be fun in mode.

In terms of handling, Passat is very competitive. Even by standards, it is fluent to drive in twisty roads, thanks to body control and good If there is anything worse our benchmark Peugeot 406, it is the power steering, hence steering feel. However, is just out of the view point of driving enthusiasts. For most especially American drivers, feels sportier than its counterparts. It is particularly good at speed stability and high ride.


In many ways, the Passat is better to buy than the pricier A4. Not only it is roomier, its build and dynamic ability are no less Most important, it is cheaper. the European and Japanese mainstream it is a bit more expensive, but what you get is a car as as any German prestige cars.

The report was last updated on 8 Mar All Rights Reserved.

Volkswagen Passat sedan IV

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