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Volkswagen Passat


Produced: 1981-1988, 1978200 produced.
Types: Saloon,4 doors,5 seats
Hatchback,5 doors,5 seats
Estate,5 doors,5 seats
Volkswagen Passat GT Mwb  (1988)

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.

Source: Motorbase


1595ccS4 OHC81mm x 77.4mm9
1781ccS4 OHC81mm x 86.4mm10
1921ccS5 OHC79.5mm x 77.4mm10
1994ccS5 OHC81mm x 77.4mm10
1588ccS4 OHC79.5mm x 80mm8.2

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
105 mph10.5 s


WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
8' 4"4' 8"4' 8"14' 10"5' 7" 0 (0)0' 0"
8' 4"4' 8"4' 8"14' 6"5' 6" 0 (0)0' 0"
8' 4"4' 8"4' 8"14' 10"5' 6" 0 (0)0' 0"
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