2003 Volkswagen Passat Consumer Review: outstanding

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)


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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