2001.5 Volkswagen new Passat GLS 1.8T Sedan Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2001 Volkswagen Passat - Road Test Specs

2001 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

(1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)


Model year2001.5
Modelnew Passat
StyleGLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Base MSRP22,300
As-tested MSRP25,675


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeinline 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1.8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 5,900
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)166 @ 1,950-5,000
Transmission type5-speed manual


Steering typepower steering
Tire size, frontP195/65HR15
Tire size, rearP195/65HR15
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / solid rear disc

Track Test Results

0-60 mph (sec.)8.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.3@87.3
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)37.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThis engine belies its small cubic-inch size in all-around performance. It is surpisingly good down low in the power band where small displacement and turbo lag should hurt it. It moves out smartly at the higher rpms where the five-valve-per-cylinder turbocharged technology kicks it up a notch. Our best run was with a good amount of front wheelspin (ASR off) with shifting done at the 6,600 mark from first to second and second to third. As we continued to test, the engine seemed to take on some heat soak, and we never bettered our early runs even though we were more aggresive with shift points and launch rpms.
Braking commentsBraking performance was nothing short of excellent. Short stopping distances with excellent stability and little nose dive. We ran five runs in this car and only added on 6 feet as the brakes got hotter, so fade was not an issue.
Handling commentsFor how softly sprung this car feels, it sure handled the cones like a champion. This has to be one of the best engineering jobs for a suspension on any production vehicle, because of its ability to be both a boulevard cruiser and corner-carving junky all in one sedan. We figured that with the soft ride, it would roll over like a big dog once it got on the slalom, but were pleasantly surprised to find that it had little body roll and excellent handling capabilities along with quick and precise steering. The tail seemed to move a little but then quickly gripped the pavement for a somewhat strange sensation. You expect that once the rear starts to slide, you will have some type of progressive movement or a complete loss of traction, but neither occurred as it moved some, and then unexplainably gripped and tucked back in. A work of art from the suspension engineers.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)74
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 City 31 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)26
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.4

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,199
Length (in.)184.1
Width (in.)68.5
Height (in.)57.6
Wheelbase (in.)106.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.5
Legroom, rear (in.)35.3
Headroom, front (in.)39.7
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15


Bumper-to-bumper2 years / 24,000 miles
Powertrain10 years / 100,000 miles
Corrosion12 years / miles
Roadside assistance2 years / miles
Free scheduled maintenance3


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlN/A
NHTSA crash test, driverExcellent
NHTSA crash test, passengerExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side frontGood
NHTSA crash test, side rearGood
NHTSA rollover resistanceN/A

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