Car reviews - Volkswagen - Passat - sedan/wagon range
Volkswagen gives its mid-sized Passat a work-over - with even better value
12 Feb 2010
WITH the 2010 upgrade of the Volkswagen Passat comes a new entry-level model, the 118TSI petrol, to replace the previous range starter, the 103kW diesel. The new ‘base’ Passat comes with a $4k saving over its predecessor, with more features, raising the stakes in the luxury medium segment.
Model release date: 1 February 2010 to 1 March 2011
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PassatReleased: March 1998
Ended: March 2006
Family Tree: Passat
VOLKSWAGEN’S B5 Passat arrived Down Under in March 1998, in 92kW/168Nm 1.8 20V, 110kW/210Nm 1.8T and 142kW/280Nm 2.8 V6 sedan guises.The wagon version, curiously dubbed the Variant, went on sale here in December the same year with a similar, er, variant line-up.The facelifted GP version of the sedan was released in May 2001, while the revised wagon arrived here in November 2001.Various special-editions were offered, and in November 2001 the 125kW/220Nm V5 version arrived.The short-lived 202kW/370Nm W8 flagship - sold here between May 2003 and July 2004 at $97,900 - replaced the V6 4Motion (nee Syncro) SE sedan as the Passat flagship, but after that the whole range was simplified to V5 sedan and V6 sedan/wagon.
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