1998 Volkswagen Passat Review

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High Gear Media Staff High Gear Media Staff  
January 26, 1998

The redesigned 1998 Passat sedan is a new breed of Volkswagen — the most refined, best-driving vehicle it has ever sold in the United States, Volkswagen of America executives assert.

But beyond that, it is a key part of Volkswagen's plan to recast its image in the United States. It marks an ambitious move upscale in a scenario that involves the Passat competing in the mid-size passenger-car segment against entry models from BMW and Mercedes. Volkswagen executives believe the Passat will succeed because the market is ready for a well-built German-engineered car that is approachable and affordable.

It is a bold plan from a company that hasn't been part of the American automotive mainstream since the Beetle's heydey.

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The new Passat shares 40 percent of its components, including the engine, with Audi's highly respected A4. If looks count — and they do — the new Passat is more appealing than its predecessor. And in Europe, the new Passat is so successful that Volkswagen has a back order of 70,000.

The four-door GLS base model (currently in dealerships) has a standard, turbocharged 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 150 hp at 5,700 rpm and 155 pound-feet of torque all the way from 1,750 to 4,600 rpm for power at low rpms as well as high. The 1.8-liter also features five valves per cylinder.

And, although it provides performance on demand, it has EPA rating of 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a five-speed automatic with Tiptronic — which lets the driver operate the car as an automatic or shift manually without a clutch — is optional.

This approachable GLS — first of five models planned — is priced at $21,150 (which includes a $500 destination charge). With Volkswagen's synchro all-wheel-drive system at $1,660 and Tiptronic at $1,075, the price comes to $23,885. Standard equipment includes electronic traction control, antilock brakes, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, and seat-mounted side airbags for front passengers in addition to front airbags.

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Good car for everyone

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Its really good car, its verry economy car, the engine ist really good, if you want economy and good car, you need to try this one
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