Text of Road & Track’s Sept ’86 Road Test of the QSW — Volkswagen Quantum

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Volkswagen Quantum Syncro

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Volkswagen to have figured this and no one ever accused the clever from Wolfsburg of being So VW, through its Audi division, hard and came up with that works well and no one has: No muss, no fuss drive.

Before the decade is VW will offer 4wd everything. Sciroccos, Jettas, vans, you it; every wheel will get own driveshaft.

The beginning of all this is the Syncro wagon, VW’s 4wd for the American market. Syncro, is VW’s nametag for 4wd, as Audis are called Quattros they sprout rear

There is, of course, much between VW and Audi, which is fair because VW owns In the past this exchange has meant that VW’s car was the same as Audi’s smallest. But the Dasher became the Quantum, it grew a few inches so it’s no identical to the Audi 4000.

The Audi 4000, you may remember, is with 4wd. The Quantum the 4000’s drivetrain and general so adding 4wd to the Quantum was a piece of Add a driveshaft behind the fwd transaxle, the Audi’s rear drive and suspension and, Bingo, a VW

To provide some measure of the Audi 4000 Quattro is available as a sedan and the VW Quantum is only available as a wagon. wrong with that. The though a piece of cake, has a less frosting and decoration the more upscale Audi. suits the more utilitarian very nicely, thank

Utility is well served by the and its 4wd drivetrain. The size of the Quantum is for families. It has an adult-rated back four doors and a large area with a folding for the below-window area. On top of the wagon is a with removable cross


Inside things are, for the part, simple and logical. The are minimal in number and easily though we’d prefer to see a on the temperature gauge indicating end is hot. Some of the controls are around with less ideal care: The turn stalk is positioned at an awkward 11 so drivers can see the cruise control and the window switches aren’t all Some drivers complained the interior styling. Similar but not pattern cloth on the seats and panels bothered some, and the feel and smell of plastic others. The appearance would be in a Golf, but because the Syncro twice as much as a well Golf, surely it could a little more attention to its appearance. However, the overall of utility is appropriate and not displeasing.

The exterior of the Quantum Syncro the part of a modern small It has a boxy shape that is devoid of gimmicks and fads and identifiable as a Volkswagen. The red paint is as as it is well applied.

Driving the reveals a pleasant wagon is aging noticeably, but well. In no is automotive progress more than in noise and vibration Here the Quantum feels its At idle the 5-cylinder engine and shakes. At peak rpm it’s Fortunately it pulls strongly at all rpm up to its rev which invoked itself early, at 5900 rpm, on our car. Acceleration is even than the last Audi Quattro we tested and certainly up to the placed on any wagon. A 0-60 of 9.6 seconds, for example, would done justice to a good car not all that long ago.

Shifting has never been a of most Volkswagens and the Quantum is no The shift lever is vague and with slow syncros particularly in 2nd gear. The ratios are chosen, though.

Volkswagen and produce some of the finest fwd cars in the world, but the Syncro VW’s best effort. The is very good and the handling is capable of any ordinary use. though, is slightly loose on and lacks the feel and feedback of the VWs and Audis. In our handling tests the VW in a good 0.76g on the skidpad and a excellent slalom speed of mph, 4.9 mph faster than the 4000 in the same test.

feel is peculiar on the Syncro. The is never hard, but neither is it the feel of a system that to be bled. Rather, it is damped in almost sticky. The distances in our stops are reasonable and the car remains control, but some adaptation is on the part of the driver.

Of course, the Syncro is made for is adverse and in those conditions it is superior in way to any 2-wheel-drive car. In snow a loss of steering precision is an price to pay for the additional traction. if one of the Syncro’s wheels does to slip, the knob on the center can be pulled, locking the center and then the rear differential. In arrangement only a snowplow is to work better.

When the Audi Quattros introduced, VW and Audi spokesmen that their permanent 4wd are suited for use in all weather conditions. when the roads aren’t with snow, they the 4wd cars are superior. For the big Audi Quattro, because it has so much to transmit, this appears to be With the non-turbo Syncro, dry-road handling hasn’t The improvements occur only additional traction is needed, obviously varies for customers in parts of the country. Originally the was only offered in a few snow-country but it is now found at VW dealers around the

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Depending on the options, a Quantum can cost between $15,645 and the price of our test car, its optional sunroof, electric lifts and AM/FM stereo This may sound steep for the until one tries to find a All the less expensive Japanese 4wd are significantly smaller and have part-time 4wd systems. Only 5000 Quattro wagon the convenience of this all-wheel system, and it costs nearly what the Quantum does.

The appeal of this car will no vary with the weather. enough snow on the roads and will shovel a path to the VW doors.

Click here for and road test results. for pictures.

Notes and Critiques

The I have of this article have the author, so I can’t him. If you know who the author is, drop me a line. Here are my with the article, from to end, in case you care:

4wd Really? Gee, I never saw I guess Europe got some AWD cars that we never saw Golf, etc), but I wonder the info that all VW cars have AWD options came

The rear suspension on the QSW is NOT the same as the despite what the article I WISH we had the 4KQ’s adjustable suspension. That would be I’ll stick with our spring rates and anti-roll bar thank you.

Shifting. imprecise? My QSW has my favorite of any VW I’ve ever driven. Maybe that’s not saying But it’s also a lot better any Volvo or Saab I’ve driven. Can’t compare lots of Mazdas, Toyotas and that I’ve driven, And the second gear syncro is slow.

In regards to dry road they didn’t mention the that dirt road is worlds better. I do agree the handling on pavement, though. My old Quantum wagon handled as well.

And as far as the snowplow comment, I that giving the car more 4 inches of ground clearance help, too. )

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