Slipping a 190-horse V6 engine into Volkswagen's mid-size Passat creates a four-door sedan that feels like an Audi A4 in disguise.
That's not surprising, by the way, since the two cars share many under-skin components, and because Audi is the
luxury division of Volkswagen.
The Passat is all-new for 1998, and a fine job it is. It sparkles with distinctive German styling, tight panel gaps, a spacious interior and athletic handling. The base engine in the GLS, a turbocharged, 1.8-liter
4-cylinder with 150 horsepower, is genuinely robust, especially when mated to the 5-speed manual transmission. Prices start at $20,750.
Last spring at the New York International Auto Show Volkswagen upped... Read More