2001 Volkswagen New Passat

  • 2001 Volkswagen New Passat GLS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/166
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,825
  • 2001 Volkswagen New Passat GLS Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/166
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,625
  • 2001 Volkswagen New Passat GLX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/206
    • ENGINE
      2.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $28,750
  • 2001 Volkswagen New Passat GLX Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/206
    • ENGINE
      2.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $30,625
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2001 Volkswagen New Passat Review

German power and engineering at a bargain.

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Overview

The 2001 Volkswagen Passat words hard to maintain its top spot among the highly competitive midsize sedan pile. With plenty of choices to personalize it, it’s hard to find a version that does not work for an individual or family. Both sedan and wagon models with a couple different engine and transmission choices available.

The 2001 Volkswagen Passat gets a restyled exterior and minor interior changes. Most importantly, it gets a tuned-up four-cylinder engine on the base model to provide more fun and less lag off the line.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T, Volkswagen Passat GLS V6, Volkswagen Passat GLX V6, Volkswagen Passat GLS V6 4Motion, Volkswagen Passat GLX V6 4Motion

What's New

The 2001 Volkswagen Passat gets a lot of new changes, especially for a mid-year update. The automaker transitions it from the old platform to one that's based off of the Audi A4. On the outside, it receives sleeker styling that can go without major changes for a good decade. Under the hood, the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gets a 20-horsepower upgrade as well as 11 more lb-ft of torque.

Exterior

The 2001 Volkswagen Passat redesign gave sharper edges and a more aggressive appearance, which was drawn from the design of the Audi A6. It's not as rounded as the previous model but is better adorned with a chrome-trimmed grille and new headlight and taillight clusters. The cabin makes up most of the body with the front end and trunk appearing smaller than many other midsize sedans.

Interior

The 2001 Volkswagen Passat receives minor changes to its cabin. Even the base model comes with great features and conveniences, which includes cruise control, power door locks, power mirrors, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD stereo. It still has plenty of front and rear head and legroom as before, and the trunk is a bit smaller than much of the competition.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Volkswagen Passat offers 150 horsepower in the standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder, while the 2.8-liter produces 40 more than that. The four-cylinder labors slightly under a full cabin and trunk but can still keep pace and pass on the highway. The handling is crisp thanks to independent front and rear suspension and traction control. The body has a slight bit of roll, but it's only noticeable in extreme maneuvering.

Safety

The 2001 Volkswagen Passat provide standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and rear head airbags, and dual front side-mounted airbags. All models also have child seat anchors, rear child safety locks, daytime running lights, traction control, and electronic brake force distribution. All these safety features put it at the forefront of safety, even outpacing Volvo.

The 2001 Volkswagen Passat earns great marks for safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave a perfect five-star rating for driver and passenger safety and four stars for side impact front and rear. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its top mark of ?good? for overall passenger safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Passat: 20/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Incredible safety features and ratings
  • Both engines have good power
  • Plenty of standard conveniences

You Won't Like

  • Reliability issues with engine and electronics
  • Exterior redesign might not be appreciated by all

Sum Up

German power and engineering at a bargain.

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