The base price of the test car was $37,900. Ad d freight and the sticker price is $38,450. Warranty
Four years or 50,000 miles. Point: The W8 transforms the Passat from a competent family sedan into one with strong performance and a luxury-car feel. The 4Motion system gives it excellent grip in all kinds of weather. The interior has been upgraded with materials befitting a car in this price segment. Counterpoint: Some may think it is foolish for Volkswagen to build a $38,000 Passat, but the buying public will determine that. SPECIFICATIONS:
Engine: 4.0-liter, 270-hp 8-cyl.
Transmission: Tiptronic All-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 106.4 inches
Curb weight: 3,907 lbs.
Base price: $37,900
As driven: $38,450
Mpg rating: 18 city, 25 hwy.