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Volkswagen Passat W8 (2001 - 2003)

Last updated 10 January 2018

 
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Model Timeline

March 2002

4.0 litre all-wheel-drive 275bhp Passat W8 at a starter price of £29,900 for the six-speed manual saloon, which did not reach UK until March 2002. Tiptronics available from December 2001 at £31,325 for the saloon and £32,275 for the estate. (Six-speed manual estate: £30,850.)

High standard spec includes ESP (electronic stabilization programme), 17-inch Madras alloy wheels, six airbags, bi-Xenon self leveling headlights, Nappa leather upholstery, walnut inserts, Climatronic air conditioning, six disc CD autochanger, rain-sensing wipers, automatic dimming rear view mirror and metallic or pearl-effect paint.

Top speed of all versions is limited to 155mph, and 0-60 acceleration varies from 6.3 seconds for the manual saloon to 7.8 seconds for the Tiptronic estate. Caravan towers should note that maximum torque is 273 lb ft (370 Nm) at 2,750rpm. Drives, grips and handles very well with a lovely 'whoopy' engine note.

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