1981-1988, 1978200 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,5 seats
Hatchback,5 doors,5 seats
Estate,5 doors,5 seats
The Volkswagen Passat is a large family car marketed by Volkswagen through six design generations since 1973. Between the Volkswagen Golf / Volkswagen Jetta and the Volkswagen Phaeton in the current Volkswagen line-up, the Passat and its derivatives have been badged variously as Dasher, Santana, Quantum, Magotan, Corsar and Carat.
The second generation Volkswagen Passat was launched in 1981. The platform, named B2, was slightly longer and the car's updated styling was instantly recognisable as a Passat, with the most obvious difference being the rectangular headlights. In addition to the Passat hatchbacks and Variants (estate/wagon), there was also a conventional three-box saloon, which until the 1985 facelift was sold as the Volkswagen Santana in Europe. In North America, the Passat/Santana was sold as the Volkswagen Quantum, available in three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and a wagon model, but the five-door hatchback was never sold there and the three-door hatchback was dropped after less than two years. The four-wheel drive Syncro version was introduced in October 1984, initially only with the more powerful five-cylinder engine.
In 1985 the range received a slight facelift, consisting of new, larger bumpers, interior retouches, a new front grille and new taillights on the hatchback versions. The two-door hatchback was discontinued while the Santana nameplate was dropped in Europe. The saloon's front end was now the same as the hatchback and estate. The North American version, still known as the Quantum, gained European-style composite headlamps.
|1595cc||S4 OHC||81mm x 77.4mm||9|
|1781cc||S4 OHC||81mm x 86.4mm||10|
|1921cc||S5 OHC||79.5mm x 77.4mm||10|
|1994cc||S5 OHC||81mm x 77.4mm||10|
|1588cc||S4 OHC||79.5mm x 80mm||8.2|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|105 mph||10.5 s|
Not the World's Most Boring Car - New VW Passat
|Publication||Car May 2005|
|VW Passat - Not the World’s Most Boring Car - New VW Passat - VW’s beautifully made and exquisitely equipped new Passat show there’s still life in family saloons.|