Used 2002 Volkswagen Passat
- Fun to drive, roomy/comfortable interior, solid build quality, available all-wheel drive, powerful W8 engine.
- Some confusing interior controls, price goes up quickly with options.
Used 2002 Volkswagen Passat for Sale
Edmunds' Expert Review
This is our favorite midsize car -- in both sedan and wagon form. Don't make your family vehicle choice without driving one.
Volkswagen has been busy recently, buying up smaller carmakers, designing 8-,12- and 16-cylinder engines, and creating a new line of luxury vehicles. But it hasn't neglected its already excellent Passat sedan and wagon. For 2002, we'll see the first production application of VW's "W" family of engines, as the long-awaited Passat W8 sedan and wagon arrive in the U.S. replete with the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. With an MSRP around $38K, the W8 will be out of reach for the typical family car buyer, but look at it this way: Where else can you find a German car with eight cylinders for this price?
Meanwhile, the lower-level Passats still offer great value, particularly at the base level. With the arrival of the W8 cars, there are now three trim levels -- the well-equipped GLS and the upscale GLX being the other two. The GLS comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes; traction control (via Electronic Differential Lock and Anti-Slip Regulation); air conditioning; cruise control; side and head curtain airbags; a driver seat height adjuster; an eight-speaker stereo with CD player; one-touch power windows; power locks; remote keyless entry; a full-size spare tire; power-adjustable heated exterior mirrors; a trip computer and head restraints and three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions. Options include a leather interior, a premium Monsoon sound system and a sunroof. All of the above features are standard on the GLX, which also includes power adjustable, heated front seats with memory for the driver; variable intermittent wipers with heated jets; an auto-dimming rearview mirror; and 16-inch wheels and tires.
W8 trim adds stability control (Electronic Stabilization Program) with brake assist, vented disc brakes all around (instead of the usual solid discs in the rear), xenon headlamps with washers, wider 215/55R16 tires, an upgraded trip computer and extra chrome throughout the cabin.
GLS buyers have their choice of two engines. Our favorite is a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four (called the 1.8T) that delivers 170 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque between 1,950 and 5,000 rpm; turbo lag is virtually nonexistent and the powerband is quite broad. The 1.8T offers good acceleration and fuel economy (up to 31 mpg on the highway), and contributes to the Passat's overall grin factor. Your other choice is a 2.8-liter V6 that makes 190 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of twist. While no longer among the fastest six-cylinders in the midsize class, this V6 is still very smooth and provides strong acceleration. For 2002, it remains the standard engine for GLX models. Available transmissions include a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic (with Tiptronic automanual capability).
Advantages to the V6 models include genuine wood trim inside the cabin and the availability of the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. Although it results in a rather portly Passat, 4Motion is ideal for people living in snowy climates. Under normal traction conditions, the system splits the power 50/50 between the front and rear axles; when grip is compromised, it can redistribute power up to a 67/33 ratio either way. Unfortunately, 4Motion only comes with the automatic transmission.
True to their name, the W8 sedan and wagon are powered by a 4.0-liter W8 engine that churns out 270 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque at 2,750 rpm. The "W" configuration was achieved by staggering the cylinders, making it look as though two "V" engines have been fused together. The resulting engine is more compact than a traditional V8 and easily fits under the midsize Passat's hood. The five-speed automatic and 4Motion are standard on every W8.
With four-wheel antilock disc brakes standard on all trim levels, a fully independent suspension and perfectly weighted power rack-and-pinion steering, the Passat is one of the most entertaining midsize cars around. Some drivers might find body roll to be excessive when pushing the car hard around turns, but the trade-off for excellent overall ride comfort is worthwhile. Inside, the cars feel luxurious and solidly constructed -- more so than most competitors.
Based on a stretched Audi A4 platform and built with plenty of Audi parts, the Passat looks, feels and drives like a more substantial car than its base price tag would indicate -- though with the 270-hp, $38K W8 on the loose, it's getting much harder to distinguish a VW from an Audi.
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Used 2002 Volkswagen Passat Overview
The Used 2002 Volkswagen Passat is offered in the following submodels: Passat Sedan, Passat Wagon. Available styles include GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A), GLX 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A), GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A), GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A), GLX 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M), GLS 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), GLX 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A), GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A), GLX 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5M), GLS V6 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A), GLS V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A), GLS 1.8T 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A), GLS V6 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A), GLS V6 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M), GLS V6 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5A), W8 4Motion AWD 4dr Wagon (4.0L 8cyl 5A), and GLS V6 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5M).
What's a good price on a Used 2002 Volkswagen Passat?
Save up to $272 on one of 7 Used 2002 Volkswagen Passat for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $2,400 as of11/21/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from2.5 to 5 out of 5 stars.
Price comparisons for Used 2002 Volkswagen Passat trim styles:
- The Used 2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T is priced between $2,990 and$5,183 with odometer readings between 0 and121025 miles.
- The Used 2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 is priced between $2,400 and$2,400 with odometer readings between 95522 and95522 miles.
- The Used 2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 4Motion is priced between $4,259 and$4,259 with odometer readings between 96285 and96285 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2002 Volkswagen Passat?
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