2003 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: outstanding
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2003 Volkswagen Passat - Consumer Review

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W8 4Motion Wagon (4.0L W8 AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (4.0L 8cyl 5A)

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An oddity: a luxury car from a non-prestige name. The interior is gorgeous. (A VW/Audi hallmark.) The W8 engine is smooth and powerful. The AWD system is the best available: VW 4motion IS Audi quattro. Tight precise steering and a well-tuned (sport) suspension. So sure-footed even in blizzards that it exudes confidence. And it's a wagon -- so it has tons of space. A fully-loaded family truckster shouldn't be able to blow the doors off 3-series and G35's; this one can. But what family truckster of old was this polished? It's like a buff gymnast in a nice Italian suit. Don't compare it with other Passats; the luxuries it offers are more in line with the A6/allroad and 5-series.

Best Features

So smooth and genteel. The AWD system is far superior to the junk system used by BMW and MB. For this level of luxury, an incredible deal.

Worst Features

Wish the hatch didn't always re-lock after 30 seconds. Can make unloading a bit slower. Cupholders, as in any German car, are a bit small.
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